and a smattering of wisdom drawn there from

Ol’ Ben Franklin began his professional life as a printer. Beginning in the year 1732, under what would become his most famous of many pseudonyms, Richard Saunders, he began publishing Poor Richard’s Almanack after the traditions of almanac making which had developed in England during the late 17th and early 18th centuries (but whose origins stretch much further back). In the main it contained weather forecasts and astronomical information and was hugely successful. It is Franklin’s best known publication, remembered today primarily for the assorted nuggets of wit and wisdom which were peppered throughout its pages. “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise” for instance is an old chestnut from Poor Richard. But there are many, many more which are less well remembered. I’ve taken the liberty of reprinting a smattering of them below. 

06.25. filed under: !. books. history. ideas.


I’ve always loved Franklin’s proverbs, and I think they make a good bookend to Martin Luther’s “Table Talk”.

posted on 06.25 at 11:16 PMMrBaliHai


I think many of these are still applicable today. I happen to have “Love well, whip well” tattooed on my bicep, as a constant reminder.

As regards new proverbs, “Hindsight’s 20/20” has got to be fairly recent, right? I’m sure there are more if I thought a while. Which I inevitably will, now.

posted on 06.26 at 04:11 AMPierce

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