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The Wit & Wisdom of Benjamin Franklin

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A treasury of over 900 quotations spoken by the first "American" as well as numerous entertaining anecdotes about his adventures and misadventures, making it the fourth in the WIT & WISDOM series from RHVP. Covering everything from Sage Sayings to Franklin Fables, it even incudes a time line of Franklin's life and the world around him.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 17th 2001 by Gramercy (first published March 1995)
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Ava C
May 27, 2016 Ava C rated it really liked it
This book by James C. Humes compiles the many sayings and philosophical figurings of Benjamin Franklin. From his opinions on certain issues of the time to his opinion on other famous people, he uses wit and cleverness to express his beliefs.

I knew a little about Benjamin Franklin before I read this book, but he was such a multifaceted person that there was much more for me to learn. He was a printer, writer, librarian, politician, inventor, scientist, postmaster, philosopher, and an avant-garde
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Nov 19, 2015 Cookav rated it really liked it
This book by James C. Humes compiles the many sayings and philosophical figurings of Benjamin Franklin. From his opinions on certain issues of the time to his opinion on other famous people, he uses wit and cleverness to express his beliefs.

I knew a little about Benjamin Franklin before I read this book, but he was such a multifaceted person that there was much more for me to learn. He was a printer, writer, librarian, politician, inventor, scientist, postmaster, philosopher, and an avant-garde
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Ensiform
Dec 18, 2011 Ensiform rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
A collection of sayings and anecdotes by and about Franklin. This “book” is worthless on every level --- it’s neither informative nor entertaining; indeed, it’s admirable as an achievement only in that it’s so shoddily put together.

The facts and quotes lack any attribution. The quotes are listed by categories seemingly selected at random, often overlapping, such as “Preparedness” and “Planning,” “Pomposity” and “Pretentiousness,” or “Cash” and “Money.” Other categories contain quotes seemingly u
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Sue
May 17, 2016 Sue rated it liked it
I got tired of it fairly quickly, flipped to the end.

Franklin was an incredible genius, and did a LOT for humanity and the USA, as we know it.
Christine
Jul 22, 2016 Christine rated it liked it
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collection of quotes
Robert
Jan 29, 2011 Robert rated it liked it
This was a gift from the Franklin Institute. I am not exactly certain why, but it may have been for serving as a judge for the science web site conference in D.C.

All of Ben's stuff is here. The thing is, in this day and age of the Internet, a book of quotations seems overkill.
Maurean
Dec 10, 2008 Maurean rated it really liked it
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I luv all things Ben, and so I refer to this little gem from time to time. A fabulous collection, really.

(This is actually the mister's book; I purchased it for him for Christmas 2003 - he's another Franklin fan, obviously. But, really, who isn't?)
Rebecca
Jan 06, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite little books; nothing in depth, just bits and pieces of Franklin's humor.
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Very quick read. Interesting.
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James C. Humes was Ronald Reagan's speechwriter. He also wrote speeches for George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon and Dwight Eisenhower. He has served as a communications advisor to major U.S. corporations, including IBM and DuPont. He is the author of twenty-three other books.
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