I recently came upon these maxims in a book, written by Benjamin Franklin, one our founding fathers, in his pamphlet The Way to Wealth (1757). Although it is financial advice, I would like to share them with you because they show the wit and wisdom of the man, and because they apply to other areas of life, not just finance…
If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.
He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
There are no gains, without pains.
He that hath a trade hath an estate.
Taxes are indeed very heavy but we are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly.
Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.
Learning is to the studious and riches to the careful.
If you would have a faithful servant, serve yourself.
Always taking out of the meal-tub, and never putting in, soon comes to the bottom.
Great estates may venture more, but little boats should keep near shore.
For age and want, save while you may; no morning sun lasts a whole day.
Is it possible that the treasury put Ben Franklin on the 100 dollar bill, because of his sound financial reasoning? It’s possible…