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Poor Richard's Almanack

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  2,123 ratings  ·  170 reviews
Benjamin Franklin's classic Poor Richard's Almanac is chiefly remembered for being a repository of Franklin's aphorisms and proverbs, many of which live on in and are commonly used today, and have been newly typeset and included in this edition.
These maxims typically counsel thrift and courtesy, with a dash of cynicism.

The orginal Almanac also included the calendar, wea
Kindle Edition, 64 pages
Published (first published December 28th 1732)
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Andi Yes, Franklin crafted poor Richard's persona and his proper pseudonym was Richard Saunders. …moreYes, Franklin crafted poor Richard's persona and his proper pseudonym was Richard Saunders. (less)
Forked Radish OverDrive, Inc. has the compleat, unabridged, audio Almanack by “Freshwater Seas”. You can probably access it through your local library. The only pro…moreOverDrive, Inc. has the compleat, unabridged, audio Almanack by “Freshwater Seas”. You can probably access it through your local library. The only problem is the loud and annoying music between each aphorism.(less)
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Dannii Elle
This is a wonderful collection of Benjamin Franklin's philosophies and values, in which his writing proves concise, sound and still relatable today. The maxims this details concern a variety of topics from humility to morality. I thoroughly enjoyed the brief introduction, by Andrew S. Trees, which this begun with. It provided a cursory biography of the life of the great once-humble-tradesman-turned-founding-father, and framed the anthology nicely. ...more
Henrik Haapala
2022-07-18 (update). Choicest morsels of wisdom, a favorite.

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” (Discipline, time management)

“Since thou art not sure of a Minute, throw not away an Hour.” (Time)

”You may delay, but time will not.” (Time)

“Have you somewhat to do tomorrow, do it today.” (Time)

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that’s the stuff life is made of.” (Time)

“Beware of little expenses: a small leak will sink a great ship.”

“Drive thy b
John Anthony
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of wise sayings assembled by the great man. One to dip into from time to time. Wisdom, humour and recipes for smiling. Delightfully presented. Highly quotable...(sorry in advance!):

“One good Husband is worth two Wives; for the scarcer things are, the more they’re valued.
Fish and Visitors stink after three days.0

There are three faithful friends – an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.

Speak with contempt of none, from slave to king,
The meanest Bee hath, and will use, a sting.

A lawy
Sharon Barrow Wilfong
Franklin wrote a yearly almanack with quotes and stories for each month under the pseudonym of Richard Saunders. Almanacks were popular in colonial America. They offered weather forecasts, advice for running a household, puzzles and witticisms. Franklin's almanacks are a funny satire on life in the 18th century and were famous for his wordplays. Many famous sayings we still know were penned by Franklin in his almanac. Here are a few:

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

Lost Time is n
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
I've heard this book referenced a lot in history classes, ever since I was in elementary school. I'm in college now and I got to read am I not impressed. I thought it was supposed to be some great collection of advice for the colonial period. It's 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 that's all it was. Just a bunch of quotes in a list. No commentary on th ...more
Eskay Theaters & Smart Homes
The book's principles have aged surprisingly well, Human fallacies/heuristics probably will remain the same despite any technological leaps. ...more
Jul 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've got a thing for wisdom teachings, and in our twittering, flighty, foolish age, there's a real countercultural pleasure in principles that ground human action in a wry practicality.

Franklin's legendary collection of sayings, aphorisms, and poems? It floats my boat. It's not just that these pithy little bits of Sophia are grounding. They're also still...with some inevitable exceptions...surprisingly relevant to contemporary existence.

Good stuff.
Po Po
Sep 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mick Maxwell
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Trite wisdom and moralistic instruction in getting on.
Brilliant, blissful and beautiful choice of words and phrases. Some are Benjamin Franklin's own and some are derived from Latin, Greek and other older sources. This almanac serves as a book of wisdom, enlightenment and success.

Old cover of one of the published almanacs

Ben had a desire for educating the common people, having been raised into a lower middle class family, and had his own life-long rags to riches story. He started publishing these yearly almanacs, as a way of better the living conditions of people by words of wisdom, and in
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 w
Jera Em
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, history
This is an interesting book and gives some insight into the kind of advice people were often given. While I was reading I realized there was apparently some serious paranoia about a few different things: doctors, women, and debt collectors. While it's already a given that certain unfortunate ideas held nowadays stem from earlier periods this book gives a pretty good idea of what some of them were and are, especially regarding women. Having said that, I'm not sure anyone is a big fan of being in ...more
Jul 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Ferralez
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." ...more
Summer Lane
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is NO better book of witticisms and wisdom than this one.
Totally tweetable, forever memorable.
I guess that's what you call timeless.
Stanislaw Baranski
Benjamin Franklin is the model of a wise and virtuous man. This Almanack is an amazing collection of wise adages. Amazing how much wisdom was he able to concentrate on them.
Reagan Faith Waggoner
Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor liberty to purchase power.

But what thou hast no need of; and e’er long thou shalt sell thy necessaries.

I have never seen the philosophers stone that turns lead into gold, but I have known the pursuit of it then a man’s gold into lead.

No longer virtuous, no longer free

Friendship increases by visiting friends, but by visiting seldom.

Old boys have their playthings as well as young ones; the difference is only in the price.

He that best understands the wor
Della Tingle
This collection of the Sayings of Poor Richard makes for a fun read! Here are some of my favorites:

“Who has deceiv’d thee so off as thy self?” (6).

“How many observe Christ’s Birth-day; How few his Precepts! O, ‘tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments” (12).

“When painful Colin in his grave was laid,
His mournful wife this lamentation made:
I’ve lost, alas! (poor wretch, what must I do?)
The best of friends and best of husbands too.
Thus of all joy and happiness bereft:
And with the charge of ten
Jenni Moeller
This is a tiny book with fun old time pictures. Some of the quotes I need to write down and re-read often, others were a bit outdated, but this was still a fun book to read!
Zachary Wrightsman
A good book much like meditations just less long winded. Has good saying and adds value to any life. I really enjoyed it a short read.
Nicholas Maulucci
Sep 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
I read it six years ago. I can't give it an accurate review right now. I'm just logging all of my digital books into a file on my computer... ...more
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, classics
Some excerpts:

- Neither a fortress nor a maidenhead will hold out long after they begin to parley.

- Gifts much expected, are paid not given.

- The cat in gloves catches no mice.

- Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.

- Where there’s marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.

- Who has deceiv’d thee so oft as thy self?

- Hear Reason, or she’ll make you feel her.

- What signifies knowing the Names, if you know not the Natures of Things?

- Mankind are very odd C
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book January of last year, it took me a couple hours or so and I gave the book 3 stars after completion. In my review I discussed how the book seemed outdated and at the time I didn’t really get much from the book but a few quotes which were certainly memorable such as the famous “early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise” after reading this book for a second time and a year later, it really shows me how much I’ve changed in a few ways.

Firstly, I learned that m
Lady Jane
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Elizabeth Ricks
Poor Richard's Almanack was referenced in a book I was reading about the founding fathers. I realized that even though I have heard about this little book, I'd never read it and it sits on my shelf. Most of the really great quotes are common to our modern ears. But I found myself wishing that I were teaching high school English. Instead of assigning my students to read Ben Franklin's Autobiography and come up with their own list of virtues, I would like them to take a quote and use history to il ...more
Classic Secular proverbs demonstrating the wisdom and wit of Ben Franklin. In my journal listed 20 to highlight. When I read it again, there will be others that strike me as relevant.
Brad Revell
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In 2005 Charlie Munger wrote the book "Poor Charlie's Almanac" based off his life learnings, experiences and success (and failures) in business. This book is a classic in my opinion and the wisdom contained in that book was motivated by his idol Benjamin Franklin. While Poor Richard's Almanac is short and is essentially a long list of quotes, it is a classic in its own right. To be fair it was written in a very different era, therefore the long list of quotes makes more sense to the writing of t ...more
Larry Stolle
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ben Franklin, need I say more?
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