Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Excerpt from "Poor Richard's Almanac" written by Benjamin Franklin

A man in a passion rides a wild horse.

Be always ashamed to catch thyself idle.

Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.

Deny self for self's sake.

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

Fond pride of dress is sure an empty curse; e'er fancy you consult, consult your purse.

God heals, and the doctor takes the fees.

Haste makes waste.

It is ill-manners to silence a fool, and cruelty to let him go on.

Keep flax from fire, youth from gaming.

Let every new year find you a better man.

Much virtue in herbs, little in men.

Ne'er take a wife till thou hast a house to put her in.

Observe all men; thyself most.

Philosophy as well as foppery often changes fashion.

Quarrels never could last long, if on one side only lay the wrong.

Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.

Sorrow is good for nothing but sin.

Teach your child to hold his tongue, he'll learn fast enough to speak.

Up, sluggard, and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough.

Vain-glory flowereth, but beareth no fruit.

Weighty questions ask for deliberate answers.

You will be careful, if you are wise; how you touch men's religion, or credit, or eyes.