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Poor Richard's Almanack

By Benjamin Franklin

Famous worldwide and written under Benjamin Franklin’s pseudonym, "Poor Richard" or "Richard Saunders”; this Almanack was hugely popular when written and the influence continues today. It mixed puzzles, serial “news” stories (many fictional), weather forecasts, and entertaining tidbits with practical wisdom in the tradition of (and often taken from) Aesop, Sakya Pandita, and Balthasar Gracian. Creatively mixing fact and fiction, current confusion and ancient wisdom, a fictional persona with contemporary politics; Franklin made one of the most lasting impacts on American culture.

Quotes from Poor Richard's Almanack

“A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.”

Chapters: 9. Know When to Stop

Themes: Mistakes

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“An old young man will be a young old man.”

Chapters: 47. Effortless Success

Themes: Old Age

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“Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in changing others.”

Chapters: 29. Not Doing

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“Constant complaint is the poorest sort of pay for all the comforts we enjoy.”

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Themes: Complaint

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“Good Sense is a thing all need, few have, and none think they lack.”

Chapters: 33. Know Yourself

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“He that falls in love with himself, will have no rivals.”

Chapters: 67. Three Treasures

Themes: Egolessness Love

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“He wished to please everybody; and, having little to give, he gave expectations.”

Chapters: 48. Unlearning

Themes: Illusion

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“I have never seen the Philosopher’s Stone that turns lead into Gold, but I have known the pursuit of it turn a Man’s Gold into Lead.”

Chapters: 53. Shameless Thieves

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“In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by Faith,but by the lack of it.”

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“it being more difficult for a man in want to act honestly… ‘it is hard for an empty sack to stand upright.’”

Chapters: 53. Shameless Thieves

Themes: Crime

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“Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards..”

Chapters: 29. Not Doing
61. Lying Low

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“Neither trust, nor contend, lay wagers, nor lend; and you’ll have peace until your life's end.”

Chapters: 57. Wu Wei

Themes: Strategy Peace

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“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”

Chapters: 3. Weak Wishes, Strong Bones

Themes: Less is More

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“Silence is not always a sign of wisdom but babbling is ever a mark of folly.”

Chapters: 37. Nameless Simplicity

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“Teach your child to hold his tongue, he’ll learn fast enough to speak.”

Chapters: 60. Less is More

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“The poor have little,
Beggars none;
The rich too much,
Enough not one.”

Chapters: 50. Claws and Swords

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“Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.”

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“Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.”

Chapters: 63. Easy as Hard

Themes: Wisdom

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