The Best of Poor Richard’s Almanack | Quotes & Sayings

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Today’s reading has been edited and adapted from Poor Richard’s Almanack, a yearly publication produced by Benjamin Franklin from 1732 to 1758.

If you could have Half your Wishes, you would double your Troubles.

Anger is never without a Reason, but seldom with a good One.

Tomorrow, every fault is to be amended; but that Tomorrow never comes.

A Fool is one who cannot conceal their Wisdom.

Think of three things: whence you came, where you are going, and to whom you must account.

Pride dines on Vanity, sips on Contempt. The Proud hate Pride – in others, that is.

Well done is better than well said.

Necessity never made a good bargain.

The Sun never repents of the good it does, nor does it ever demand compensation.

Fear to do ill, and you need fear nothing else.

Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.

Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.

Glass, China, and a Reputation are easily cracked, and never well mended.

Fish & House Guests stink in 3 days.

Wink at small faults; remember that you have great ones.

Do you love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.

Genius without education is like silver in the mine.

The soul that lives upon Hope, dies fasting.

Want of Care does us more Damage than Want of Knowledge.

Half the Truth is often a great Lie.

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

An empty bag will not stand upright.

When there is marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.

They that won’t be counseled, can’t be helped.

Distrust & caution are the parents of security.

The contented person has enough; the one who complains has too much.

Work as if you were to live 100 years, Pray as if you were to die Tomorrow.

Wealth is not in the having but the enjoyment of it.

Hunger never saw bad bread.

Reading makes a full Mind, Meditation a profound Mind, discourse a clear Mind.

If you desire many things, many things will seem but a few.

Time enough, always proves little enough.

Praise to the undeserving is severe satire.

Silence is not always a Sign of Wisdom, but Babbling is ever a Mark of Folly.

Be slow in choosing a Friend, slower in changing one.

Eat to please thyself, but dress to please others.

Wish not so much to live long as to live well.

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