Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; Written by Himself. [Vol. 1 of 2] With His Most Interesting Essays, Letters, and Miscellaneous Writings; Familiar, Moral, Political, Economical, and Philosophical, Selected with Care from All His Published Productions, and Comprising Whatever Is Most Entertaining and Valuable to the General Reader

By Benjamin Franklin

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time to time gave great advantage to his enemies; unguarded
expressions, and even erroneous opinions delivered in preaching, might
have been afterward explained or qualified, by supposing others that
might have accompanied them, or they might have been denied; but _litera
scripta manet_--what is written remains: critics attacked his writings
violently, and with so much appearance of reason as to diminish the
number of his votaries and prevent their increase. So that I am
satisfied that if he had never written anything, he would have left
behind him a much more numerous and important sect; and his reputation
might in that case have been still growing, even after his death; as
there being nothing of his writing on which to found a censure and give
him a lower character, his proselytes would be left at liberty to
attribute to him as great a variety of excellences as their enthusiastic
admiration might wish him to have possessed.

My business was now constantly augmenting, and my circumstances growing
daily easier, my newspaper having become very profitable, as being for a
time almost the only one in this and the neighbouring provinces. I
experienced, too, the truth of the observation, "_that after getting the
first hundred pounds it is more easy to get the second_;" money itself
being of a prolific nature.

The partnership at Carolina having succeeded, I was encouraged to engage
in others, and to promote several of my workmen who had behaved well, by
establishing them with printing-houses in different colonies, on the
same terms with that in Carolina. Most of them did well, being enabled
at the end of our term (six years) to purchase the types of me and go on
working for themselves, by which means several families were raised.
Partnerships often finish in quarrels; but I was happy in this, that
mine were all carried on and ended amicably; owing, I think, a good deal
to the precaution of having very explicitly settled in our articles
everything to be done by, or expected from, each partner, so that there
was nothing to dispute, which precaution I would therefore recommend to
all who enter into partnership; for whatever esteem partners may have
for, and confidence in, each other at the time of the contract, little
jealousies and disgusts may arise, with ideas of inequality in the care
and burden, business, &c., which are attended often with breach of
friendship and of the connexion; perhaps with lawsuits and other
disagreeable consequences.

I had, on the whole, abundant reason to be satisfied with my being
established in Pennsylvania; there were, however, some things that I
regretted, there being

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

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[Illustration: 'If you would have my advice, I will give it you in short; "for a word to the wise is enough.
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' They joined in desiring him to speak his mind, and, gathering round him, he proceeded as follows: 'Friends,' says he, 'the taxes are indeed very heavy; and, if those laid on by the government were the only ones we had to pay, we might more easily discharge them; but we have many others, and much more grievous to some of us.
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Then plow deep, while sluggards sleep, and you shall have corn to sell and to keep.
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" And again, "Three removes are as bad as a fire," and again, "Keep thy shop, and thy shop will keep thee:" and again, "If you would have your business done, go; if not, send.
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The Indies have not made Spain rich, because her out-goes are greater than her incomes.
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Poor Dick farther advises, and says, "Fond pride of dress is sure a very curse, Ere fancy you.
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" When you have bought one fine thing, you must buy ten more, that your appearance may be all of a piece; but Poor Dick says, "It is easier to suppress the first desire, than to satisfy all that follow it.
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" Gain may be temporary and uncertain; but ever, while you live, expense is constant and certain; and "It is easier to build two chimneys, than to keep one in fuel," as Poor Richard says: so, "Rather go to bed supper-less, than rise in debt," Get what you can, and what you get hold, 'Tis the stone that will turn all your lead into gold.
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Reader, if thou wilt do the same, thy profit will be as great as mine.