Archives For Benjamin Franklin

Many estates are spent in the getting,

Since women for tea forsook spinning and knitting.

He that lieth down with dogs, shall ride up with fleas.

Tongue double, brings trouble.

~ Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richards Almanac, July 1733

Beware of little Expenses, a small leak will sink a great ship.

Wars bring scars.

Alight purse is a heavy curse.

It’s common for Men to give pretended Reasons instead of one real one.

He’s a Fool that cannot conceal his Wisdom.

Great spenders are bad lenders.

All blood is alike ancient.

No gains without pains.

~ Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richards Almanac, 1745

After three days men grow weary of a wrench, a guest, amd weather rainy.

To lengthen they life, lesson they meals.

The proof of gold is fire; the proof of woman, gold; the proof of man, a woman.

~ Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richards Almanac, June 1733

Fools make feasts, and wise men eat them.

The poor have little, beggars none; the rich too much, enough, not one.

Eat to live, and not live to eat.

~ Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richards Almanac, May 1733

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
~ Benjamin Franklin

Face it, while you were ringing in the New Year singing Auld Lang Syne with friends, or watching the ball drop from your living room couch, at some point you were probably thinking of those blasted resolutions. Some of us will be relieved of the stress involved in setting lofty goals when we secretly agree with ourselves to resign from any “difficult” goals after 3 days…

Though this is typically because we set goals that are too intense and lack any actual plan to accomplish them, I believe it may be due to certain vices getting in the way. This is especially an issue when negative vices begin to take over who we are. Even more so when that vice becomes threatened and convinces our subconscious how you can’t live without it. But it doesn’t stop there.

Some vices are easy to exercise, however, if our willpower is poor, bad habits will fill voids in our lives and create an ongoing battle for those who are brave enough to fight it!

Benjamin Franklin’s words harken to this constant battle. Published in Franklin’s lengthily titled, “Poor Richard Improved: Being an Almanack and Ephemeris of motions of the Sun and Moon; The True Places and Aspects of the Planets; The Rising and Setting of the Sun, and the Rising Setting and Southing of the Moon,” his quote covers the essential basics to annual resolutions. Still, it is important to not get hung up on vanquishing every single bad habit this year, but to rather concentrate on ridding one and filling their voids with something positive.

One vice I have resolved to focus on vanquishing any practice of judgmental behavior or fear of it from others. I was reminded of this poisonous emotion after reading an article, Taming the Mammoth: Why You Should Stop Caring What Other People Think. After realizing the possible power of shedding the burden of caring what others think, I made that one of my top priorities for 2017, and suggest everyone give the article a read and enjoy the nice artwork – it really keeps you going!

So, with that, Auld Lang Syne. Should no acquaintance be forgot, and no unnecessary vices be allowed to grow.

~ David Joseph Leingang