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Poor Richard's Almanack

Benjamin Franklin

Book Overview: 

A brief biographical sketch of Franklin's life, followed by a collection of 670 aphorisms, apothegms, or proverbs - short, pithy, instructive sayings - that were scattered throughout the pages of his Poor Richard's Almanack over its 25 years of once-a-year publication (1732-1758). Many of these sayings are familiar to all . . . "a penny saved is a penny earned" . . . "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" . . . but there are many more for you to laugh at, ponder over and learn from! Most were not invented by him, but these little gems of wisdom Franklin gleaned from all over the world are what made his Almanack so wildly popular, and himself a wealthy man.

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Community Reviews

Ive heard this book referenced a lot in history classes, ever since I was in elementary school. Im in college now and I got to read it....man am I not impressed. I thought it was supposed to be some great collection of advice for the colonial period. Its just a proverb collection! And many of them a

I've got a thing for wisdom teachings, and in our twittering, flighty, foolish age, there's a real countercultural pleasure in principles that ground human action in a wry practicality.

Franklin's legendary collection of sayings, aphorisms, and poems? It floats my boat. It's not just that these pithy

Peruse the bookshelves at the museum shop of the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, and you will no doubt see this edition of Poor Richard's Almanack. It is great fun reading 77 pages' worth of Benjamin Franklin's maxims for industry, thrift, humility, and cheerfulness -- maxims

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

“Beware of little expenses: a small leak will sink a great ship.”

“Drive thy business, or it will drive thee.”

“Necessity never made a good bargain.”

“Make haste slowly.”

“Diligence is the mother of luck.”

“All things are easy to In

My 1st 5-star book!

A literary glimpse into colonial times, this almanac created by Benjamin Franklin is a priceless treasure for Americans. Franklin, under the pen name of Richard Saunders, displays his outright moral aptitude, and the wisdom of one of the founders of this prosperous nation. Seeing that the almanac wa

The book's principles have aged surprisingly well, Human fallacies/heuristics probably will remain the same despite any technological leaps.

This is a wonderful collection of Benjamin Franklin's philosophies and values, in which his writing proves concise, sound and still relatable today. The maxims this details concern a variety of topics from humility to morality. I thoroughly enjoyed the brief introduction, by Andrew S. Trees, which t

A collection of wise sayings assembled by the great man. One to dip into from time to time. Wisdom, humour and recipes for smiling. Delightfully presented. Highly quotable...(sorry in advance!):

“One good Husband is worth two Wives; for the scarcer things are, the more they’re valued.
Fish and Visitor

Pretty good. Filled with many of the classic aphorisms we've heard a million times (such as "early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise" and "three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.")

Franklin seems a little too preoccupied with gluttony (there are many warnings aga

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