In honor of Benjamin Franklin's Birthday last week I've selected this list of quotes from Houghtaling's Handbook of Useful Information ©1887
Ben. Franklin's Words of Wisdom.
Want of care does us more damage than want of knowledge.
For want of a nail the shoe was lost, and for want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For age and want save while you may, no morning sun lasts all the day.
Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.
Lying rides upon debt's back; it is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.
Creditors have better memories than debtors.
Women and wine, game and deceit, make the wealth small and the want great.
What maintains one vice would bring up two children.
Plough deep while sluggards sleep; and you shall have corn to sell and to keep.
Work to-day for you know not how much you may be hindered tomorrow.
Fly pleasure and it will follow you. The diligent spinner has a large shift.
Now I have a sheep and a cow, everybody bids me good morrow.
Keep they shop, and they shop will keep thee.
If you would have your business done, go, if not, send.
Who dainties love shall beggars prove. Fools lay out money and buy repentance.
Foolish men make feasts, and wise men eat them.
He that by the plough would thrive, himself must either hold or drive.
The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands.
Silks and Satins, Scarlet and Velvets, put out the kitchen fire.
Always taking out of the meal tub and never putting in, soon comes to the bottom.
Drive thy business, let not that drive thee. Sloth makes all things difficult, industry all easy.
Early to bed and early to rise; makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
If you would know the value of money, try to borrow some.
When the well is dry, they know the worth of water.
Not to over see workmen, is to leave them your purse open.
If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.
By diligence and perseverance the mouse eat the cable in two.
Diligence is the mother of good luck; and God gives all things to industry.
Industry needs not wish, and he that lives upon hope will die fasting.
There are no gains without pains; then help hands, for I have no lands.
Buy what thou hast no need of, and ere long thou wilt sell thy necessaries.
At a great pennyworth pause awhile; many are ruined by buying bargains.