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Ben got that right. April 15, 2013

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“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

—Benjamin Franklin

Death and taxes. April 17, 2012

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“Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.”

                           —Benjamin Franklin

In honor of tax day, we here at Poor Richard’s Almanac are offering up a baker’s dozen wise words from our hero and blog mentor, the great Benjamin Franklin. They may not keep away the taxman, but if you take Dr. Franklin’s advice to heart, you’ll definitely be on your way to becoming healthy, wealthy and wise. Thanks, Ben!

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

“Half a truth is often a great lie.”

“Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.”

“A place for everything, everything in its place.”

“A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.”

“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.”

“Necessity never made a good bargain.”

“To lengthen thy life lessen thy meals.”

“There are no gains without pains.”

“A good example is the best sermon.”

“If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.” 

Happy tax day, everyone! May your refunds be prompt and no auditors ever darken your door!

The wit and wisdom of Benjamin Franklin. September 24, 2011

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It’s me, Richard Saunders of Poor Richard’s Almanac fame, here today to celebrate this blog’s hero and blog mentor, the great Benjamin Franklin, by sharing a few of my favorite of old Ben’s sayings. Doctor Franklin had an unparalled understanding of human nature, and the ability to compress a great deal of wisdom into a single witty, memorable sentence, as you’re about to see.

Let’s find out what Ben has to share with us today:

“He that speaks much, is much mistaken.”

“Three good meals a day is bad living.”

“Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion.”

“A good example is the best sermon.”

“He that lives upon hope will die fasting.”

“The discontented man finds no easy chair.”

“Love your neighbor, yet don’t pull down your hedge.”

“A man who is wrapped up in himself makes a very small package.”

“Fear not death, for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal.”

Ben died an old man, but I’m willing to bet he didn’t fear death—he was probably looking forward to exploring all the wonders and phenomena on the other side just as he’d done while on Earth. He certainly succeeded in gaining immortality, however, here among us if not in the afterlife.

Please share your favorite Ben Franklin quotes with us!

                  Warmly,

                             Richard