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Poor Richard's Almanack

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  782 ratings  ·  55 reviews
A collection of Ben Franklin's timeless maxims, rules, and aphorisms.
Hardcover, 77 pages
Published November 1st 1983 by Peter Pauper Press (first published December 28th 1732)
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Paul Haspel
Peruse the bookshelves at the museum shop of the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, and you will no doubt see this edition of Poor Richard's Almanack. It is great fun reading 77 pages' worth of Benjamin Franklin's maxims for industry, thrift, humility, and cheerfulness -- maxims that can be said to have done much to form our collective sense of the American character. This Peter Pauper Press edition of Poor Richard's Almanack, with its old-style typeface (much like what one s ...more
Mick Maxx
A literary glimpse into colonial times, this almanac created by Benjamin Franklin is a priceless treasure for Americans. Franklin, under the pen name of Richard Saunders, displays his outright moral aptitude, and the wisdom of one of the founders of this prosperous nation. Seeing that the almanac was the second most popular book in colonial homes (after, hhhhm, the Holy Bible), it is fitting that a master of economic gain such as Franklin would have created one. Franklin, you live on in the hear ...more
Po Po
Pretty good. Filled with many of the classic aphorisms we've heard a million times (such as "early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise" and "three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.")

Franklin seems a little too preoccupied with gluttony (there are many warnings against eating too much) and sloth and drunkenness.

There are some questionable morsels of wisdom: "Love well, whip well." ???? And "Ne'er take a wife til thou hast a house (and a fire) to put her in." A
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James Swenson
Even though it's short, this is a better book to dip into than to read straight through -- the way to get value from it is to spend at least a little time pondering the maxims.

But I'm not like that; I went from cover to cover. The result was to make me feel guilty: I should have been finishing my grading, not reading this book, and Franklin is happy to drive the point home...
Well done is better than well said.
Have you somewhat to do to-morrow, do it today.
You may delay, but Time will not.

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Samantha
Ive heard this book referenced a lot in history classes, ever since I was in elementary school. Im in college now and I got to read it....man am I not impressed. I thought it was supposed to be some great collection of advice for the colonial period. Its just a proverb collection! And many of them are repeated....which got on my nerves as I was reading it. Yeah it was a quick read but seriously? I feel disappointed that thats all it was. Just a bunch of quotes in a list. No commentary on them or ...more
Banaticus
Jul 01, 2008 Banaticus rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Most everyone
Benjamin Franklin is able to put forth a comical series of almanacks, under a creative pseudonym for which a back history is created, all while engaging in a verbal battle with another almanack maker. A very small amount of his jokes are somewhat ribald, but nothing hardcore.
Danielle Porras
A bit outdated with quotes like "Marry your Son when you will, but your Daughter when you can" but still great relevance in some: "Whate'er's begun in anger ends in shame."
Summer Lane
There is NO better book of witticisms and wisdom than this one.
Totally tweetable, forever memorable.
I guess that's what you call timeless.
Wendy
My 1st 5-star book!
Lady Jane
How is it possible to write a review to a book with phrases that have become so much a part of our everyday language? Phrases such as "Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise." Or "He that sows thorns should never go barefoot." And on and on!


I noticed many of the phrases had already been uttered by other authors. For example, "Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man" is very reminiscent of Francis Bacon's essay "Of Studies," in which
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Bookworm Amir
Something that you can read anytime, everytime. A classic book for people to learn from his experiences, although I seem to notice that some of the advices are recurrent. He mainly talks about being frugal, living the 7 virtues, and other social commentaries that would make you a better person.

Its amazing that some of his proverbs are already 'cliched' in today's societies - and I was surprised to see his short comments on the weather, science, religions and other interesting short articles he h
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Kim Pocock
"If man could have Half his Wishes, he would double his Troubles."

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

"Being ignorant is not so much a Shame, as being unwilling to learn."
Zei
This book is a real easy read and an encyclopedic one.
Benjamin Franklin is sure full of wisdom and clarity but I didn't appreciate his vision of women and marriage.
Jason Phillips
It is a very very long book that never seems to end and oft repeats itself. There are many witty quips and brilliant advice if you can get through it. But who the hell is Richard Saunders?
Deanna

Reread:1/2014 love these snippets.



5/2012: I bought myself a copy while in Boston of this witty, yet still very profound "sage wisdom" that can still find application today.

For example,

Do not do that which you would not have known.

Sally laughs at everything you say. Why? Because she has fine teeth.

Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.

Haste makes waste.

Sloth (like rust) consumes faster than labour wears: the used key is always bright.

Great talkers should be cropp'd, for they
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Ngee Poo
one of the shortest books ive ever read, but literally had to stop at almost every single quote to think
Jim Leckband
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Derek Postlewaite
A number of witty quotes to live by and return to. A quick and fun read.
Brian
Plenty of fun to be had with this one. Enjoy.
Taymara Jagmohan
A book of adages!

Beautiful.

It was a short-read. Just what I needed during the days of hope.

He concluded the book with this line-

Let no pleasure tempt thee,
No profit allure thee,
No ambition corrupt thee,
No example sway thee,
No persuasion move thee,
To do anything which thou
Knowest to be evil;
So shalt thou always live jollily;
For a good conscience is a continual Christmas.
Adieu.

Very adequate.

Thank you Ben! May you always be happy. In generations to come!

Yours truly and ever blossoming,
Taymara.
Mike
May 29, 2009 Mike rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: humor, favorite
This is a book of proverbs written by Ben Franklin a very witty man. You may have heard of him, he was pretty instrumental in the American revolution:

Franklin did this and Franklin did that and Franklin did some other damn thing. Franklin smote the ground and out sprang George Washington, fully grown and on his horse. Franklin then electrified him with his miraculous lightning rod and the three of them- Franklin, Washington, and the horse- conducted the entire revolution by themselves.
John Adams
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Yaqooo xu
awesome advices!
Sue
At first, the idea that these were written before the United States even existed as a country impressed me beyond anything else. Along with that the similarities of Poor Richard's advice (and franklin's letters containing advice at the end) to today's 'living simply' movement were striking. Minus some of the more complex turns of phrase, some of the essays/letters could have been on someone's blog.
I loved that the book I was reading was printed in the early 50's as well. It made everything more
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Leandro Melendez
Buenisimo!
Increíble ver un poco de la personalidad de Franklin, y de sus opiniones y reseñas en tantos temas, social, dinero, actividad física, astrología, manos, culturas y hasta el epitafio de una ardilla.
no puedo esperar a leer su biografía.
Definitivamente todo un personaje!
Manoj Chugh
An Oldie Goldie.

Even if you have not read this book, you have come across its nuggets of wisdom:
> Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise
> Silence is not always a Sign of Wisdom, but Babbling is ever a Mark of Folly
> Half the Truth is often a great Lie
> There are no gains without pains
> One today is worth two tomorrows

Give yourself a favour and read it... you will find it motivational as Benji intended :)
Vincent Russo
Lots of very quotable snippets from Benjamin Franklin. These small nuggets of wisdom generally center around wealth, marriage, and frugality. Entertaining read, and many of these quotes are just as relevant as they were then as they are now. The content in between the small phrases isn't as useful, and my version at least had quite a few spelling errors (which were perhaps kept from the original?).
Margaret
Feb 20, 2008 Margaret rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Margaret by: Stefanie Nagy, upon a trip to Philadelphia to visit!
Makes you really love what our forefathers stood for. Makes one reflect upon the current political state of America and realize there was much wit and wisdom in the ideology of our forefathers and look for it in our current political candidates! Good ole Ben was the man of his day! If history truly repeats itself, we should attempt to find him in our current political pool.
Nuno Picareta
" Ganhe o que puder e poupe o que ganhar" Ricardo Modesto
Carolee
I did not finish. I couldn't keep at pages and pages of quotes, snippets, and poems, no matter how charming and wise. My failing, not Franklin's. It is a beautiful book with thick, creamy paper and intricate illustrations of good imprint and color by Rockwell.
Tony
This was a fun book full of good sayings to think about and live by. My only issue with the book is that much of the language is dated, and so can be hard to understand.

This was a quick read, however, and a good place to find great quotes.
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Benjamin Franklin was a writer, a philosopher, a scientist, a politician, a patriot, a Founding Father, an inventor, and publisher. He helped with the founding of the United States of America and changed the world with his discoveries about electricity. His writings such as Poor Richards' Almanac have provided wisdom for 17 years to the colonies.
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