“There are two ways of being happy: We must either reduce our wants or expand our means. It is for each man to decide for himself to do that which is easier to him.” Ben Franklin
Famous Founder Topics: Time, Lazy, Work, Sleep, Debt, Saving, Borrowing, Wealth.
from Poor Richard’s Almanac 1785 edited by Peter/CXO Wiz4.biz
Ben Franklin: USAs 1st self-made man !!!
He set the standard for generations to come on how to live a full & prosperous life. Franklin shared many of his “secrets” to success as short sayings under the pen name “Poor Richard” in his yearly Almanac. The wise sayings focused mainly on the virtues of hard work & saving. In 1758, Franklin reflected on all the sayings he wrote during the first 25 years of publication of Poor Richard’s Almanac and wrote . . .
“The Way to Wealth”
Ben Franklin dispensed knowledge to his readers by quoting heavily from that wise old sage of his annual Almanac, “Poor Richard.” Franklin’s wise sayings in The Way to Wealth teach us that success is just the consistent application of hard work & thrift. The principles of success haven’t changed much in 200 years. Below, are most of the sayings from Franklin’s “The Way to Wealth” in one comprehensive list. Read through all of them, then pick out a few favorites, and apply them to your life. They’re perfect for keeping you focused on becoming the most successful & happy man or woman you can be in your life.
- God helps them that “help” themselves
- Laziness, like rust, consumes fast; Hard work is bright & shiny
- If you love life, then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of
- The sleeping Fox catches no prey. There will be sleeping enough in the grave
- Wasting time must be the greatest wastfulness in life
- Lost time is never found again
- Time-enough, always proves little enough
- Laziness makes all things difficult, but ambition all easy
- He that riseth late, must work all day, and shall scarce finish his business at night
- Laziness travels so slowly, that poverty soon over-takes it
- Drive thy business, let not it drive thee
- Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy & wise.
- Ambition need not wish & hope. It makes it happen
- He that lives upon hope will die hungry
- There are no gains, without pains
- He that hath a Trade or Profession hath opportunity
- He that hath a “calling” hath an office of pride and often profit
- At the working man’s house, poverty looks in, but dares not enter
- For hard work pays debts, while distractions increases them
- Diligence is the mother of good luck
- Plow deep, while the lazy sleep, and you shall have crops to sell & keep
- One today is worth two tomorrows
- Have you something to do tomorrow, do it today !!!
- Be ashamed to catch yourself idle
- Let not the sun look down and say, laziness here he lies
- The Cat in gloves catches no Mice
- The Persistence of constant dripping water wears away stones
- Little Strokes eventually fell great Oaks
- Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to gain leisure and enjoy it
- Since thou art not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour
- Hard Work gives comfort + plenty, and respect:
- Primarily pursue Pleasures, and they’ll follow you down
- Keep you shop well, and thy shop will keep thee
- If you would have your Business done well, do; if not, delegate
- The creative eye of a Master will do more work than both his hands
- Lack of care does us more damage than Lack of knowledge
- Not to oversee workmen is to leave them your purse open to steal from it
- In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it
- Learning is to the studious, and riches to the careful
- He that rides fast will thrive, but he must either hold on or drive.
- If you would have a Faithful Servant; one that you like, serve yourself first
- A little Neglect may breed great Catastrophe
- For want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost, and for want of a horse the rider was lost
- A man may, if he knows “not”: how to save as he gets, keep his nose to the grind stone, shall die not worth a goat
- If you would be Wealthy, think of Saving as well as of Getting
- He who maintains one Vice, would bring up two children. One naughty, the other not nice
- Beware of little Expenses; a small Leak will sink a great Ship
- Keep buying what you don’t need and before long, you’ll have to sell thy Necessaries
- Wise men learn by others’ Mistakes, Fools hardly learn by their own
- Always taking and never putting in, soon comes to the bottom of no more
- If you would know the Value of money, go and try to Borrow some
- He that goes a Borrowing goes a begging & sorrowing
- ‘Tis easier to suppress the first Desire, than to satisfy all that follow
- Pride that dines on vanity, sups on contempt
- Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with arrogance, and supped with poverty
- The second Vice is lying, the first is going into debt
- But what madness must it be, to run up Debt for these super frivolous folly things
- Lying rides upon Debt’s back, without a saddle
- ‘Tis hard for an empty Bag (used for money), to stand upright & proud
- Creditors have better memories than Debtors
- The Borrower is a Slave to the Lender, and the Debtor to the Creditor
- Be Ambitious and free; be Frugal and free.
- Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue:
- Creditors are a superstitious sect. They’re great observers of set days & times
- Those will have a short Lent, who owe money to be paid at Easter
- For age and want, Save while you may; No morning Sun lasts a whole day
- Gain may be temporary and uncertain, so save for a Rainy day.
- For all the days you live, Expense is a constant and certain
- Rather go to Bed without supper fast, than Rise in debt.
- Get what you can; What you get, hold-some is whole-some
- ’Tis the lucky stone that will turn all your lead into gold. Keep looking
- 1. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
- “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
- “To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.”
- “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
- “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”
- “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”
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