Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Good Lessons from Ben

Ben Franklin played by Tom Wilkinson - in the PBS miniseries, John Adams

I bet you didn't know old Ben was the original blogger.  Yep, not only was he one of our founding fathers, but he wrote a blog - well not exactly a blog. It was a yearly almanac called Poor Richard's Almanac.  And almanac's were really popular, like blogs are today. He wrote under the name of Richard Saunders.

Some of the quotes are still true for today. You know we really haven't changed all that much.  Only the times and trends we live in, tend to change us.

Words to live by
  • “Rather to go to bed supper-less than rise in debt.”
  • “A bargain is something you have to find a use for once you have bought it.” 
  •  “If you would know the value of money, go try to borrow some for he that goes a-borrowing goes a-sorrowing.”
  • “Necessity never made a good bargain.”
  • “He that is rich need not live sparingly, and he that can live sparingly need not be  rich.”
  • “Creditors have better memories than debtors.”
  •  “Content makes poor men rich, discontent makes rich men poor.”
  • “Spare and have is better than spend and crave.”
  • “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
  • “He that is of the opinion that money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.”
  • “Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.”
  • “If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.”


  1. Tom Wilkinson was in the Full Monty, one of my favorite movies.

    1. yep, he was. He's a good actor. He was also my favorite Benjamin Franklin.