What do you think Ben meant?
Ben Franklin wrote many words of wisdom. He used his printing press to share his wisdom with his fellow Americans. He hoped that his wise sayings would give people guidance for living their daily lives. Read some of his thoughts from “Poor Richard’s Almanack” and decide what you think they mean. Then select one of his printing block letters to read some possible interpretations.
An empty bag cannot stand upright.
Be always ashamed to catch thyself idle.
Cheese and salty meat should be sparingly eat.
The Doors of wisdom are never shut.
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Full of courtesy, full of craft.
God helps them that help themselves.
Hunger never saw bad bread.
If you’d have a servant that you like, serve your self.
If Jack’s in love, he’s no judge of Jill’s beauty.
Keep thy shop and thy shop will keep thee.
A Lie stands on one leg, the truth on two.
A Man without a wife is but half a man.
Nothing but money is sweeter than honey.
One today is worth two tomorrows.
Pay what you owe and you’ll know what’s your own.
A Quarrelsome man has no good neighbors.
The Rotten apple spoils his companion.
Speak little, do much.
Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
Up, sluggard, and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough.
Visits should be short, like a winter’s day.
Well done is better than well said.
A good example is the best sermon.
You may delay, but time will not.
There are lazy minds as well as lazy bodies.