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It’s all about the Benjamins… he’s the man whose face is on the “C-note” (the hundred dollar bill), so you would think that he ought to know a thing or two about money… 😉 It turns out that he does!
Benjamin Franklin was not only one of the most popular and famous of all US Presidents, but he had much wisdom to share on many subjects. He was a noted polymath – a person who excelled in many subjects. In addition to being a politician, he was also a leading author, scientist, musician and inventor! His achievements are so numerous that one begins to wonder how he had time for it all.
In amongst all this, Franklin was also a spiritual man, and one who excelled in writing short proverbs and principles for life. He published the famous “Poor Richard’s Almanack” – and, stemming from this, in 1758 “The Way To Wealth” – a short work full of “nuggets” of wisdom related to the subject of money, gathered from the years of the Almanack. Franklin had already become wealthy by this time, so his work was based on his own experience and knowledge.
His tips are truly “old school” and full of wisdom and insight gained from a diligent life. Many of the proverbs from the book are still well-known sayings that people repeat without knowing that they were Franklin’s work.
Here are a few classic gems from the text:
“There are no gains, without pains.”
“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.”
“One today is worth two tomorrows.”
“A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things.”
“Buy what thou hast no need of, and ere long thou shalt sell thy necessaries.”
“Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the used key is always bright.”
“Have you somewhat to do tomorrow, do it today.”
“Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
Ok, here is the link to the free full text at Google Books! To download as a PDF, click the “cog” icon upper right & then select “Download PDF” from the options: