Poor Richard’s Almanac

Poor Richard’s Almanac – By Daniel W. Sheridan (Twitter: @DanielWSheridan)
 
800px-Oliver_Pelton_-_Benjamin_Franklin_-_Poor_Richard's_Almanac_IllustratedOn this day, December 19, 1732, Benjamin Franklin began publishing a magazine called Poor Richard’s Almanac. This was a delightful magazine filled with wise and witty sayings which made Franklin an international celebrity. The title page read:
 
“By Richard Saunders, Philomat. Printed and sold by B. Franklin.”
 
Here are a few samples of his proverbial sayings:
 
“Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears…”
 
“Lost time is never found again; and what we call time enough always proves little enough.”
 
“A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things.”
 
“What maintains one vice would bring up two children.”
 
“Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.”
 
Franklin made good money off this magazine, which he invested wisely and honestly. Franklin believed that those who were fortunate enough to get to a place in their life where they didn’t have to work to make a living were duty bound to devote a good portion of their time to make life better for mankind, a principle which he lived.
 
Imagine if Doctor Franklin after having made his fortune by the age of 42 had gone on a permanent vacation. We would Franklin Meme Live Usefullyprobably have never heard of him, and there probably wouldn’t have been an America! Imagine what our lives would be like today if Franklin lived out the rest of his days for his own pleasure.
 
Can you see into the future? Look at your life now and ask this question: How will future generations benefit from me?
 
Let this be our motto:
 
“So the years roll round, and the last will come; when I would rather have it said He lived usefully, than He died rich.”
 
May we have more Franklin’s today.
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