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Poor Richard, 17^?. A N. Almanack. ForliheYearofChrift. ' 7 3. Being tho Firft after LEAP TEAR. yir^makesJuat'the^Creaihtt. Yean. By the Account oi the Eanem. PDF - Poor Richard's Almanack. Courteous Reader: 'It is hardly necessary to state, that Franklin did not originate all the sayings of Poor Richard. He himself tells. Poor Richard by Benjamin Franklin, , U.S.C. Publishing Co. edition.

As pride increases, fortune declines. Dine with little, sup with less: Do better still; sleep supperless. A man in a passion rides a mad horse. The wise man draws more advantage from his enemies, than the fool from his friends. Industry, perseverance, and frugality make fortune yield. Fear to do ill, and you need fear nought else. Seek virtue, and of that possess, To providence resign the rest. Many would live by their wits, but break for want of stock.

Anger and folly walk cheek by jowl; Repentance treads on both their heels. Be not niggardly in what costs thee nothing, as courtesy, counsel, and countenance. Great beauty, great strength, and great riches are really and truly of no great use; a right heart exceeds all. Tim was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages. So ignorant that he bought a cow to ride on. You may talk too much on the best of subjects. The same man cannot be both friend and flatterer.

He who multiplies riches multiplies cares. The poor have little, Beggars none; The rich too much, Enough not one. Pay what you owe and you will know what is your own. Those who are feared are hated. If you would keep your secret from an enemy, tell it not to a friend. The things which hurt, instruct. The eye of a master will do more work than his hand. A lie stands on one leg, Truth on two.

Mankind are very odd creatures: One half censure what they practice, The other half practice what they censure, The rest always say and do as they ought. An undutiful daughter will prove an unmanageable wife. Love well, whip well. Eat to live, and not live to eat. To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals. Great talkers, little doers. All things are cheap to the saving, dear to the wasteful.

If you ride a horse sit close and tight, if you ride a man sit easy and light. Would you persuade, speak of interest, not of reason. He that waits on fortune is never sure of a dinner. A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.

A house without woman and firelight is like a body without soul or spirit. Do good to thy friend to hold him, to thy enemy to gain him. In rivers and bad governments the lightest things swim at top. Cut the wings of your hens and hopes, lest they lead you a weary dance after them.

Would you live with ease, do what you ought, not what you please. The horse thinks one thing, and he that saddles him another. In the affairs of this world men are saved, not by faith, but by the want of it.

Friendship cannot live with ceremony, nor without civility. Men and melons are hard to know. The thrifty maxim of the wary Dutch, is to save all the money they can touch. It is better to take many injuries than to give one.

An old young man will be a young old man. Do not do that which you would not have known. If you would live long, live well; for folly and wickedness shorten life. God works wonders now and then; Behold! You may be more happy than princes if you will be more virtuous. An ill wound, but not an ill name, may be healed. Many dishes, many diseases. The sting of a reproach is the truth of it. Virtue and happiness are mother and daughter. A quarrelsome man has no good neighbors.

Many a man would have been worse if his estate had been better. The honey is sweet, but the bee has a sting. He that sells upon trust loses many friends, and always wants money. Time is an herb that cures all diseases. If you do what you should not, you must hear what you would not. Good wives and good plantations are made by good husbands. He that scatters thorns, let him not go barefoot.

Drunkenness, that worst of evils, makes some men fools, some beasts, some devils. The Wise and Brave dares own that he was wrong. To whom thy secret thou dost tell, to him thy freedom thou dost sell. He that pursues two hares at once, does not catch one and lets the other go.

The rotten apple spoils his companion. I saw few die of hunger; of eating — , Friendship increases by visiting friends, but by visiting seldom. Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every New Year find you a better man. Old boys have their playthings as well as young ones; the difference is only in the price. He that would travel much should eat little. You may give the man an office, but you cannot give him discretion.

Willows are weak but they bind the faggot. He is a governor that governs his passions, and he is a servant that serves them. Virtue may not always make a face handsome, but vice will certainly make it ugly. Where carcasses are, eagles will gather, And where good laws are, much people flock thither. Fools multiply folly.

Hope of gain Lessens pain. All things are easy to Industry, All things difficult to Sloth. Neither a Fortress nor a Maidenhead will hold out long after they begin to parly. A good Man is seldom uneasy, an ill one never easy.

An innocent Plowman is more worthy than a vicious Prince. He that is rich need not live sparingly, and he that can live sparingly need not be rich. If you would be revenged of your enemy, govern yourself. As sore places meet most rubs, proud folks meet most affronts.

But, woe to the poor Wife, whose Lot it is to have him.

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By diligence and patience, the mouse bit in two the cable. Full of courtesy, full of craft. The Family of Fools is ancient. If Pride leads the Van, Beggary brings up the Rear. Pain wastes the Body, Pleasures the Understanding.

Of learned Fools I have seen ten times ten, Of unlearned wise men I have seen a hundred. A man is never so ridiculous by those Qualities that are his own as by those that he affects to have. If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the Philosophers-Stone. Keep flax from fire, youth from gaming.

If you desire many things, many things will seem but a few. Reading makes a full Man, Meditation a profound Man, discourse a clear Man. Historians relate, not so much what is done, as what they would have believed.

He that falls in love with himself, will have no Rivals. Rather go to bed supperless, than run in debt for a Breakfast. Let thy Discontents be Secrets. No Resolution of Repenting hereafter can be sincere. Honour thy Father and Mother, i.

If thou injurest Conscience, it will have its Revenge on thee. Beware of him that is slow to anger: He is angry for something, and will not be pleased for nothing. No longer virtuous no longer free; is a Maxim as true with regard to a private Person as a Common-wealth. Let our Fathers and Grandfathers be valued for their Goodness, ourselves for our own.

Industry need not wish. O Lazy-Bones! None are deceived but they that confide. To all apparent beauties blind Each blemish strikes an envious mind. Thou hadst better eat salt with the Philosophers of Greece, than sugar with the Courtiers of Italy. He makes a Foe who makes a jest.

Who knows a fool, must know his brother; For one will recommend another. When befriended, remember it: When you befriend, forget it. Great souls with generous pity melt; Which coward tyrants never felt. Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to gain leisure. Learn of the skilful: He that teaches himself, hath a fool for his master. Best is the Tongue that feels the rein; He that talks much, must talk in vain; We from the wordy Torrent fly: Who listens to the chattering Pye?

No Wood without Bark. At 20 years of age the Will reigns; at 30 the Wit; at 40 the Judgment. Clearly spoken, Mr. You explain English by Greek. There are no fools so troublesome as those that have wit.

Let no Pleasure tempt thee, no Profit allure thee, no Ambition corrupt thee, no Example sway thee, no Persuasion move thee, to do any thing which thou knowest to be Evil; So shalt thou always live jollily: for a good Conscience is a continual Christmas. He that speaks ill of the Mare, will download her. If thou dost ill, the joy fades, not the pains; If well, the pain doth fade, the joy remains.

Wouldst thou enjoy a long Life, a healthy Body, and a vigorous Mind, and be acquainted also with the wonderful Works of God? In prosperous fortunes be modest and wise, The greatest may fall, and the lowest may rise: But insolent People that fall in disgrace, Are wretched and no-body pities their Case.

Content and Riches seldom meet together, Riches take thou, contentment I had rather. Speak with contempt of none, from slave to king, The meanest Bee hath, and will use, a sting. Tis easy to frame a good bold resolution; but hard is the Task that concerns execution. Make haste slowly. Keep thou from the Opportunity, and God will keep thee from the Sin. A true Friend is the best Possession.

Fear God, and your Enemies will fear you.

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Wars bring scars. A light purse is a heavy Curse. To God we owe fear and love; to our neighbours justice and charity; to our selves prudence and sobriety.

Good Sense is a Thing all need, few have, and none think they lack. The Tongue is ever turning to the aching Tooth. Want of Care does us more Damage than Want of Knowledge.

Tis a strange Forest that has no rotten Wood in it. And a strange Kindred that all are good in it. Despair ruins some, Presumption many.

A quiet Conscience sleeps in Thunder, but Rest and Guilt live far asunder. Write Injuries in Dust, Benefits in Marble. What is Serving God? The Devil sweetens Poison with Honey.

Suspicion may be no Fault, but shewing it may be a great one. The end of Passion is the beginning of Repentance. It was wise counsel given to a young man: Pitch upon that course of life which is most excellent, and CUSTOM will make it the most delightful. But many pitch on no course of life at all, nor form any scheme of living, by which to attain any valuable end; but wander perpetually from one thing to another.

All Men are not equally qualified for getting Money, but it is in the Power of everyone alike to practise this Virtue. He that would be beforehand in the World, must be beforehand with his Business: It is not only ill Management, but discovers a slothful Disposition, to do that in the Afternoon, which should have been done in the Morning. Useful Attainments in your Minority will procure Riches in Maturity, of which Writing and Accounts are not the meanest.

In Things of moment, on thy self depend, Nor trust too far thy Servant or thy Friend: With private Views, thy Friend may promise fair, And Servants very seldom prove sincere.

He that spills the Rum, loses that only; He that drinks it, often loses both that and himself. Genius without Education is like Silver in the Mine. The too obliging temper is evermore disobliging itself. Hold your council before dinner; the full belly hates Thinking as well as Acting. Children and princes will quarrel for trifles. Philosophy as well as foppery often changes fashion. A Pair of good ears will drain dry an hundred tongues.

Speak little, do much.

If you would be loved, love and be loveable. Who is wise? He that learns from everyone.

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Who is powerful? He that governs his passions.

He that is content. Contents[ edit ] The Almanack contained the calendar , weather , poems , sayings and astronomical and astrological information that a typical almanac of the period would contain. Franklin also included the occasional mathematical exercise , and the Almanack from features an early example of demographics. It is chiefly remembered, however, for being a repository of Franklin's aphorisms and proverbs , many of which live on in American English. These maxims typically counsel thrift and courtesy, with a dash of cynicism.

Several of these sayings were borrowed from an earlier writer, Lord Halifax , many of whose aphorisms sprang from, " Franklin created the Poor Richard persona based in part on Jonathan Swift 's pseudonymous character, " Isaac Bickerstaff ". In a series of three letters in and , known as the Bickerstaff papers, "Bickerstaff" predicted the imminent death of astrologer and almanac maker John Partridge. Franklin's Poor Richard, like Bickerstaff, claimed to be a philomath and astrologer and, like Bickerstaff, predicted the deaths of actual astrologers who wrote traditional almanacs.

In the early editions of Poor Richard's Almanack, predicting and falsely reporting the deaths of these astrologers—much to their dismay—was something of a running joke.

Poor Richard's almanack.

However, Franklin's endearing character of "Poor" Richard Saunders, along with his wife Bridget, was ultimately used to frame if comically what was intended as a serious resource that people would download year after year.

To that end, the satirical edge of Swift's character is largely absent in Poor Richard.

Richard was presented as distinct from Franklin himself, occasionally referring to the latter as his printer. By , the original character was even more distant from the practical advice and proverbs of the almanac, which Franklin presented as coming from "Father Abraham," who in turn got his sayings from Poor Richard.

Franklin published the first Poor Richard's Almanack on December 28, , [10] and continued to publish new editions for 25 years, bringing him much economic success and popularity.He that scatters thorns, let him not go barefoot. The bell calls others to church, but itself never minds the sermon. Saying and doing have quarrel'd and parted. To whom thy secret thou dost tell, to him thy freedom thou dost sell. The first cause for provocation on the part of the colonies was the Stamp Act, which imposed an enormous tax on deeds, college degrees and printed matter.

He that sows thorns, should never go barefoot. Gifts burst rocks. He that has a trade, has an Office of Profit and Honour.