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.


  1. Haley, what are five traits you want to be known for in your life? I've been thinking about this for my life. What do I really want to aspire to and cultivate (2 Tim 1:6)?

  2. I love that book!!
    And i think I've heard a report about it to :)