Poor Richard's Almanack
Poor Richard's Almanack (almanac) was published by Benjamin Franklin from 1732 to 1758. It was a best seller for a pamphlet published in the American Colonies. There were 10,000 copies printed per year.
Franklin, the American inventor, statesman, and publisher, achieved success with Poor Richard's Almanack. Almanacks were very popular books in colonial America, offering a mixture of seasonal weather forecasts, practical household hints, puzzles, and other amusements. Poor Richard's Almanack was also popular for its extensive use of wordplay, and some of the witty phrases coined in the work survive in the contemporary American vernacular. [Source]
Quotes in our database from the Almanack
How many observe Christ's birth-day! How few, his precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments.
Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.
A fine genius in his own country is like gold in the mine.
A Spoonful of Honey will catch more Flies than a Gallon of Vinegar.
Men and melons are hard to know.
Would you live with ease, do what you out and not what you please.
He's a fool that makes his doctor his heir.
Fish and visitors smell in three days.
Keep they shop, and they shop will keep thee.
Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.
God helps them that help themselves
Experience keeps a dear school, yet fools will learn in no other.
He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
The used key is always bright
Mankind are very odd creatures: one half censure what they practice, the other half practice what they censure; ther est always say and do as they ought.
Who is wise? He that learns from every One. Who is powerful? He that governs his Passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.
Ignorance leads Men into a Party, and Shame keeps them from getting out again.
Wish not as much to live long as to live well.
Many foxes grow gray, but few grow good.
Strive to be the greatest man in your country, and you may be disappointed. Strive to be the best and you may succeed: he may well win the race that runs by himself.
If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
Who is wise? he that learns from every one. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? he that is content. Who is that? Nobody.
Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.
Sin is not hurtful because it is forbidden but it is forbidden because it is hurtful.
Honest Men often go to Law for their Right; when Wise Men would sit down with the Wrong, supposing the first Loss least. In some Countries the Course of the Courts is so tedious, and the Expence so high, that the Remedy, Justice, is worse than, Injustice, the Disease. In my Travels I once saw a Sign call’d The Two Men at Law; One of them was painted on one Side, in a melancholy Posture, all in Rags, with this Scroll, I have lost my Cause. The other was drawn capering for Joy, on the other Side, with these Words, I have gain’d my Suit; but he was stark naked.
Benjamin Franklin: Poor Richard, 1742
Wouldst thou enjoy a long Life, a healthy Body, and a vigorous Mind, and be acquainted also with the wonderful works of God? labour in the first place to bring thy Appetite into Subjection to Reason.
Benjamin Franklin: Poor Richard, 1742
The honest Man takes Pains, and then enjoys Pleasures; the Knave takes Pleasure, and then suffers Pains.
Benjamin Franklin: Poor Richard Improved, 1755
Would you live with ease, do what you ought, not what you please.
There are no gains without pains.
Nor is a duty beneficial because it is commanded, but it is commanded because it is beneficial.
Benjamin Franklin: Poor Richards Almanack
On education all our lives depend / And few to that, too few, with care attend.