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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1240
AUTHOR: Benjamin Franklin (1706–90)
QUOTATION: For want of a Nail the Shoe was lost; for want of a Shoe the Horse was lost; and for want of a Horse the Rider was lost; being overtaken and slain by the Enemy, all for want of Care about a Horse-shoe Nail.
ATTRIBUTION: BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, “Poor Richard’s Almanack,” June 1758, The Complete Poor Richard Almanacks, facsimile ed., vol. 2, pp. 375, 377 (1970).