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Wise words from Ben Franklin

on Wednesday, 27 January 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Following are maxims from Benjamin Franklin’s “Poor Richard’s Almanack.” At age 27, Franklin published his almanack under the pseudonym “Richard Saunders.” It became very popular and he continued publishing every year for the next 26 years.

  • When you’re good to others, you are best to yourself.
  • Lost time is never found again.
  • Wink at small faults; remember thou hast great ones.
  • Glass, China, and Reputation, are easily crack’d, and never well mended.
  • Proclaim not all thou knowest, all thou owest, all thou hast, nor all thou canst.
  • Better is a little with content than much with contention.
  • Necessity never made a good bargain.
  • The things which hurt, instruct.
  • Avarice and Happiness never saw each other, how then shou’d they become acquainted.
  • Silence is not always a sign of wisdom, but babbling is ever a mark of folly.
  • Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
  • Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
  • A quarrelsome man has no good neighbors.
  • You may give a man an office, but you cannot give him discretion.
  • Diligence overcomes difficulties, sloth makes them.
  • What signifies your patience, if you can’t find it when you want it.
  • Don’t throw stones at your neighbours, if your own windows are glass.
  • Plough deep, while sluggards sleep; and you shall have corn, to sell and to keep.
  • Work as if you were to live 100 years, Pray as if you were to die to-morrow.
  • Humility makes great men twice honourable.
  • Virtue may not always make a face handsome, but vice will certainly make it ugly.
  • Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.
  • Poverty wants some things, Luxury many things, Avarice all things.
  • When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.
  • He’s a fool that cannot conceal his wisdom.
  • Observe all men; thy self most.
  • Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.
  • He that’s content, hath enough; He that complains, has too much.
  • Pay what you owe, and you’ll know what’s your own.
  • Think of three things: whence you came, where you are going, and to whom you must account.
  • The noblest question in the world is, What good may I do in it?

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