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The Way to Wealth

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  2,277 ratings  ·  211 reviews
"The Way to Wealth" is an essay written by Benjamin Franklin in 1758. It is a collection of adages and advice presented in Poor Richard's Almanac during its first 25 years of publication, organized into a speech given by "Father Abraham" to a group of people. Many of the phrases Father Abraham quotes continue to be familiar today. The essay's advice is based on the themes ...more
Hardcover, 30 pages
Published September 1st 1986 by Applewood Books (first published 1757)
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May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-improvement
An interesting read from Colonial America's Renaissance man. Franklin frequently quotes his alias, Poor Richard. He also laments high taxes under the crown (then 10% ).

A few wonderful, noteworthy quotes :

"Lost time can never be found again."

"One today is worth two tomorrows."

"Since thou are not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour."

"Keep thy shop, and thy shop will keep thee."

"If you would have a faithful servant, and one you'd like, serve yourself."

"A fat kitc
Jon Nakapalau
Still has much to say to us after so many years - sound advice that is rooted in common sense.
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We are taxed twice as much by our idleness. Idleness taxes many of us much more, if we reckon all that is spent in absolute sloth, or doing of nothing, with that which is spent in idle employments or amusements, that amount to nothing.

Sloth,by bringing on diseases, absolutely shortens life.

Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the used key is always bright.

The Indies have not made Spain rich, because her outgoes are greater than her incomes. Away t
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This essay is a great read I would recommend to everyone for practical and common sense advice that is so lacking in modern society. What a shame.
Joe Moses
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Hodgepodge of ideological advice which Franklin synthesized from his Poor Richard's Almanack arranged as a type of sermon from "Father Abraham". Certainly contains some witty adages and timeless truisms on prudence, temperance, and diligence, but overall its philosophy is a secularized "Calvinist work ethic" which was common in colonial times - a valuing of frugality and hard work as a means to social status and success in order to prove one's salvation. Although the modern "American work ethic" ...more
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good advice for retards with no common sense
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was ok poor richard says
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick little read that contains an amazing number of famous sayings. Virtues of savings and frugality have a long history dating back to Ben Franklin. Your financial independence reading list isn’t complete without breezing through this little historical treasure.
Kevin Keating
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This book is kind of a ripoff. Small. Kinda boring. I think I got a bad edition. Anyway, from now on I'll look up Franklin stuff up online. ...more
Simon Eskildsen
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very short book that does a great job of extracting the parts of Franklin's autobiography and almanac on matters relevant to setting yourself up for success in business. "Experience keeps a dear school, but fools learn in no other" is one of my favourite quotes from the book. Another one on the defence of state taxes: "We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly."

The book is structured around 5 areas that you must master: (1)
Brian Mikołajczyk
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Arguably Benjamin Franklin's most famous work, the Way to Wealth is a collection of the Almanack sayings of Poor Richard (a reoccurring character Franklin employs) about industriousness, frugality, and thriftiness.
Many valuable lessons can be drawn from his personal finance philosophy.
Hunter McClure
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: early-modern
Some real protestant work ethic secular asceticism if I ever saw it.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: economics

Cordelia Flyte: If you weren't an agnostic, I should ask you for five shillings to buy a black goddaughter.

Charles Ryder: Nothing will surprise me about your religion.

Cordelia Flyte: It's a new thing the priests started last term. You send five bobs to some nuns in Africa, and they Christen a baby, and name her after you. I've got six black Cordelia's. Isn't that lovely?


Rex Mottram: I'll tell you another thing. They are in for a jolt financially if they don't look out.

Charles Ryder: I thoug
Phat Nguyen
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Benjamin Franklin is undoubtedly one of the wisest man in his generation. This little book compose only a few pages, but deliver the wisdom of Ben about the rules to be wealthy. Even though these principles may seem simple and familiar, they are actually very much valuable, as this is the lessons learned by someone who was a genius in his ages.
My only regret is that I was unable to understand all the proverbs Ben used in this book. I will definitely re-read it to gain a deeper understanding of t
Henrik Haapala
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all easy, as Poor Richard says; and he that riseth late, must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night. While laziness travels so slowly, that poverty soon overtakes him, as we read in Poor Richard, who adds, drive thy business, let not that drive thee; and early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." ...more
Katelyn Jenkins
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, classics
Pretty good. Don't take out loans and invest. Don't bite off more than you can chew. And work an honest days work. Good stuff from a well-learnt man. Full of quotes from Poor Richards Almanac, I figure Ben loved it, so I will read this next too! :) ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
This was a read for school.

While I do agree with the majority of Franklin’s sentiments on frugality, some seemed flawed and unreasonable. This was interesting to read however it has a lot of topics that could be debated on.

4 stars
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Teaches values and principles to live by that will improve work ethic.
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Best book on personal finance and success. After reading this I have decided that I am not going to read any other book on self-help/personal finance/success in my life time.
Miguel Limeres
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Straight forward, simple to follow,should be a most to read for high school students during summer session, it should explain more the benefits of saving
Brian Cox
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great investment in yourself.

Easy and enjoyable to read. Filled with wisdom. I'm excited to start focusing on the thirteen virtues and applying them to my daily life.
Carole Martell
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
The workaholic's bible ...more
Raphael Bernardo
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
15 minute read but you get to hear Ben Franklin say 'No Pain, No Gain' and 'Can't teach a pig to fly' in old English. Good Shit. Read it. ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quick read. Timeless advice. This book won't make you rich, but it can lead you along the right path. ...more
It is amazing how this book relates so much to our consumer mentality nowadays. It is very captivating and full of wisdom that is delivered in an amusing way.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good thoughtful book

Every concept is still applicable to these day "Industry and frugality." Readers spend little time to absorb important and practical idea.
Narendrāditya Nalwa
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Be industrious and be free.
Be frugal and be free.
Zachary Wrightsman
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
A nice short book to follow up poor Richard’s almanack. I would say it goes in better detail of some of the sayings in poor Richards. However I would suggest reading the almanack first and then this book. Nice read
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
A short book with sound advice. But you can find all this in books such as Rich Dad Poor Dad or the Richest man in Babylon.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good stuff.
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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. ...more

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