Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Benjamin Franklin (170690)
I am about courting a girl I have had but little acquaintance with. How shall I come to a knowledge of her faults, and whether she has the virtues I imagine she has? Answer. Commend her among her female acquaintance.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Miscellaneous Observations, The Works of Benjamin Franklin, ed. Jared Sparks, vol. 2, p. 550 (1836).