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Words to the wise. November 15, 2009

Posted by ourfriendben in Ben Franklin, wit and wisdom.
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It’s me, Richard Saunders of Poor Richard’s Almanac fame, here today to share more of the wit and wisdom of our hero and blog mentor, the great Benjamin Franklin. Old Ben’s wise advice makes every bit as much sense today as it did when he wrote it back in the 1700s. Follow it, and you too will be healthy, wealthy, and wise!

Just for fun, I’ve added one quote that’s not by Mr. F. Can you tell which one it is? I’ll let you know at the end. But no cheating, now!

“Let thy vices die before thee.”

“Let thy child’s first lesson be obedience, and the second may be what thou wilt.”

“If you would keep your secret from an enemy, tell it not to a friend.”

“A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder, but rest and guilt live far asunder.”

“Speak little, do much; he that speaks much, is much mistaken.” 

“Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.”

“A true friend is the best possession.”

“Procrastination is the thief of time.”

“Lend money to an enemy, and thou’lt gain him; to a friend and thou’lt lose him.”

“A man in a passion rides a mad horse.”

“All would live long, but none would be old.”

Ben has a lot more to teach us, but I’ll save that for another time. Meanwhile, did you guess which quote wasn’t Ben’s? It’s “Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save,” by that modern sage, Will Rogers.


1. nancybond - November 15, 2009

Wonderful quotes! Old Ben was a wise man. 😉

He certainly was, Nancy! He did so much good for his fellow men, but given his wisdom and intellect, I often think that, despite his many friends and admirers, he must have been as lonely as Zeus on Mount Olympus, so far above everyone else. I don’t think it could have been easy being Ben!

2. Dave@TheHomeGarden - November 16, 2009

Some very true thoughts!

Thanks, Dave! We always find Ben inspirational!

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