Franklin's Way to Wealth; or, "Poor Richard Improved"

By Benjamin Franklin

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Octr. 1, 1805.]

[Illustration: Published by W. Darton, Junr. Octr. 1, 1805.]

'Trusting too much to others' care is the ruin of many; for, "In the
affairs of this world, men are saved, not by faith, but by the want
of it:" but a man's own care is profitable; for, "If you would have a
faithful servant, and one that you like,--serve yourself. A little
neglect may breed great mischief; for want of a nail the shoe was lost;
for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the
rider was lost;" being overtaken and slain by the enemy; all for want
of a little care about a horse-shoe nail.

III. 'So much for industry, my friends, and attention to one's own
business; but to these we must add frugality, if we would make our
industry more certainly successful. A man may if he knows not how to
save as he gets, "keep his nose all his life to the grindstone, and die
not worth a groat at last. A fat kitchen makes a lean will;" and,

"Many estates are spent in the getting,
Since women for tea forsook spinning and knitting,
And men for punch forsook hewing and splitting."

"If you would be wealthy, think of saving, as well as of getting. The
Indies have not made Spain rich, because her out-goes are greater than
her incomes."

[Illustration: Published by W. Darton, Junr. Octr. 1, 1805.]


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'Away, then, with your expensive follies, and you will not then have
so much cause to complain of hard times, heavy taxes, and chargeable
families; for,

"Women and wine, game and deceit,
Make the wealth small, and the want great."

And farther, "What maintains one vice, would bring up two children."
You may think perhaps, that a little tea, or a little punch now and
then, diet a little more costly, clothes a little finer, and a little
entertainment now and then, can be no great matter; but remember, "Many
a little makes a mickle." Beware of little expences; "A small leak
will sink a great ship," as Poor Richard says; and again, "Who dainties
love shall beggars prove;" and moreover, "Fools make feasts, and wise
men eat them." Here you are all

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_But dost thou love life, then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of_, as Poor Richard says.
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_A fat kitchen makes a lean will_; and _Many estates are spent in the getting, Since women for tea forsook spinning and knitting, And men for punch forsook hewing and splitting.
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less so.
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Beware of thinking all your own that you possess, and of living accordingly.
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It is, therefore, not lost.
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And when a duty is laid for a particular public and necessary purpose, if, through smuggling, that duty falls short of raising the sum required, and other duties must therefore be laid to make up the deficiency, all the additional sum laid by the new duties and paid by other people, though it should amount to no more than a halfpenny or a farthing.
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To interrupt another, even in common conversation, is reckoned highly indecent.
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It is reckoned uncivil in travelling strangers to enter a village abruptly, without giving notice of their approach.
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" This act was confirmed by another, in the seventh year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth; only the penalties were heightened to two hundred pounds and three months' imprisonment.
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* * * * Upon the whole, to suppress inquiries into the administration is good policy in an arbitrary government; but a free constitution and freedom of speech have such reciprocal dependance on each other, that they cannot subsist without consisting together.
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In doing a good thing there is both honour and pleasure; you are welcome to your share of both.
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[7] The day you passed that act you took away from before their eyes the greatest of all inducements to industry, frugality, and sobriety, by giving them a dependance on somewhat else than a careful accumulation during youth and health, for support in age or sickness.
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I mean that of washing the pavement before the doors every Saturday evening.
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In a heat so produced, he melted platina presently, the fire being much more powerful than that of the strongest burning mirror.
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"I must soon quit the scene, but you may live to see our country flourish, as it will amazingly and rapidly after the war is over.
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, not to come too soon, lest it should seem braving and insulting some who ought to be respected.
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I hope soon to have more leisure, and to spend a part of it in those studies that are much more agreeable to me than political operations.
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in the space between the two circular lines, both the part between the arrows _a_ and _b_, and that between the arrows _c_ and _d_, will appear much darker than that between _b_ and _c_, as there must be many more of those opaque particles in the line of vision across the sides than across the middle.
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When swimming, it drew one inch water.
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"Again, he was self-taught in all he knew.