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Benjamin Franklin’s wisdom still relevant today


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) fulfilled many important leadership responsibilities during the founding of America. Because of that he is recognized today as one of America’s seven “Key Founding Fathers” along with John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington.

Franklin is also recognized for his well-known editing of Poor Richard’s Almanac with its many wise quotations. Today we’re sharing some of the wisdom that’s found in that collection of quotations:

A Brother may not be a Friend, but a Friend will always be a Brother.

A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines.

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.

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

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.

For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.

Games lubricate the body and mind.

Genius without education is like silver in the mine.

Glass, China, and Reputation are easily cracked and never well mended.

God heals, and the doctor takes the fees.

He that cannot obey cannot command.

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

He that won’t be counseled can’t be helped.

How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts!

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you’re dead and rotten, either write something worth reading or do things worth the writing.

If your head is made of wax, don’t walk in the sun.

It is ill-manners to silence a fool and cruelty to let him go on.

It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.

Keep thy eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.

Lost time is never found again.

Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five.

Tart words make no friends; a spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.

The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.

The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.

The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance.

The problem with doing nothing is not knowing when you’re finished.

The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.

To find out a girl’s faults, praise her to her girlfriends.

To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.

You tell me, and I forget. You teach me, and I remember. You involve me, and I learn.

You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.

We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing!

Well done is better than well said.

When in doubt é don’t.

Words may show a man’s wit, actions his meaning.

Write your injuries in dust, your benefits in marble.

Ken and Nan Webster have collected inspiration for many years from many sources, and now inspire readers of “A Matter That Matters.” Contact them at kennanco@gmail.com or visit www.kennancompany.com.

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