Poor Richard’s Almanac Quotes – Pearls of Wisdom from Benjamin Franklin
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Industry pays debts, while despair increases them.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
Lost time is never found again.
He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
The sleeping fox catches no poultry.
Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
You may delay, but time will not.
Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.
Diligence is the mother of good luck.
He that speaks much is much mistaken.
There are no gains without pains.
Well done is better than well said.
A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines.
He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner.
Keep your eyes wide open before the wedding, half shut afterwards.
Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease.
To err is human, to repent divine, to persist devilish.
When the wells dry, we know the worth of water.
Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
Think of three things: whence you came, where you are going, and to whom you must account.
Necessity never made a good bargain.
Silence is not always a sign of wisdom, but babbling is ever a mark of ignorance.
He that wont be counseled cant be helped.
If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.
Remember that time is money.
Beware of the young doctor and the old barber.
Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.
A true friend is the best possession.
God helps them that help themselves.
The noblest question in the world is, ‘What good may I do in it?
Genius without education is like silver in the mine.
Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.
Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.
A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.
It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.
He who multiplies riches multiplies cares.
One today is worth two tomorrows.
There are three faithful friends – an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.
If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.
Wish not to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.
Don’t throw stones at your neighbors, if your own windows are glass.
Haste makes waste.
The doors of wisdom are never shut.
Don’t think that because you cant see it, it cant hurt you.
Only the educated are free.
He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows, nor judge all he sees.
He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.
An empty bag cannot stand upright.