First published in 1732 under the pseudonym Richard Saunders, Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack--a guide to both weather forecasts and wise maxims--was a hit with over 10,000 issues sold annually and was published annually up until the year 1757.
Allegedly, Franklin wrote Poor Richard's Almanack as a service to the American people, with the intent to educate the public and inspire their intellectual curiosity. At the time, it would have been common for the almanac to be the only publication a person ever bought; and therefore, it is said that Franklin felt especially indebted to write as much as possible.
This Wednesday we thought it would be fun to recall a few of Franklin's sayings which seem to have passed the test of time:
-Eat to live, and not live to eat.
-Necessity never made a good bargain.
-Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
-Tis easy to see, hard to foresee.
-Well done is better than well said.
-An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
-A penny saved is a penny earned.
• Do you find yourself saying old adages out of the blue? Feel free to share your wise old sayings in the comments!
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