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Poor Richard's Almanack

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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.
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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.
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
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 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
Henrik Haapala
“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

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

“Drive thy business, or it will drive thee.”

“Necessity never made a good bargain.”

“Make haste slowly.”

“Diligence is the mother of luck.”

“All things are easy to Industry, all things difficult to Sloth.”

“Would you live with ease, do what you ought, and not what you please.”

“No gains without pains.”

“Learn of the skillful: he that teaches himself, hath a fool for
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.
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, 2017
Here's a wise book right here! With over 600 timeless pieces of wisdom from one of America's founding fathers, I will definitely be keeping some of these sayings in mind.
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
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

Fish and Visitors stink after three days.

Do me the favour to deny me at once.

Where yet was ever found the mother, who’d change her booby for another?

Make haste slowly.

Hunger is the best Pickle.

Seven wealthy towns contend for Homer dead,
Thro’ which the living Homer begg’d his bread.

If your head is wax, don’t walk in the Sun.

If evils come not, then our fears are vain;
And if they do, fear but augments the pain.
Jul 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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."
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
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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.
I would rate this 3.5 stars if the option was available but didn’t feel right giving it only 3. It’s a quick read and I finished in about an hour, I felt like the length was appropriate for the material and I’m glad he didn’t drag out his life lessons, keeping them brief and to the point. There are many takeaways from this that I will implement into my own life and quotes that I highlighted for future reference but there are also many outdated and unsophisticated suggestions that were either sex ...more
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
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
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.
Jera Em
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, nonfiction
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
Larry Stolle
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ben Franklin, need I say more?
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
Bookworm Amir
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Joel Gray
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston in 1706. He was the 15th child.

Go straight forward in doing what appears to be right, leaving the consequences to providence.

After crosses and losses men grow humbler and wiser.

A full belly is the mother of all evil.

Be always ashamed to catch thyself idle.

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbours.

Beware of little expenses, a small leak will sink a big ship.

Gifts much expected are pa
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
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics

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
Alexander The Great

Writing a review after decent time-this book still keeps fresh all my memories. It was those little smirks when I read from this collection that made me realise how very true the proverbs are. In fact many times I returned to this book, listed back and forth, picked up the book anytime I saw it in the shelf and read just 1-2 pages. It was a true gem of my library :-) and had this beautiful cover. Until, when I was moving my belongings and some books laid down on the floor when packing,
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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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