Poor Richard's Almanack


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Poor Richard's Almanack (almanac) was published by Benjamin Franklin from 1732 to 1758. It was a best seller for a pamphlet published in the American Colonies. There were 10,000 copies printed per year.

Franklin, the American inventor, statesman, and publisher, achieved success with Poor Richard's Almanack. Almanacks were very popular books in colonial America, offering a mixture of seasonal weather forecasts, practical household hints, puzzles, and other amusements.[3] Poor Richard's Almanack was also popular for its extensive use of wordplay, and some of the witty phrases coined in the work survive in the contemporary American vernacular. [Source]

Quotes in our database from the Almanack


Quote 35 details Share on Google+ - Quote 35 Linked In Share Button - Quote 35 How many observe Christ's birth-day! How few, his precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments.

Quote 33 details Share on Google+ - Quote 33 Linked In Share Button - Quote 33 Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.

Quote 27 details Share on Google+ - Quote 27 Linked In Share Button - Quote 27 A fine genius in his own country is like gold in the mine.

Quote 28 details Share on Google+ - Quote 28 Linked In Share Button - Quote 28 A Spoonful of Honey will catch more Flies than a Gallon of Vinegar.

Quote 39 details Share on Google+ - Quote 39 Linked In Share Button - Quote 39 Men and melons are hard to know.

Quote 40 details Share on Google+ - Quote 40 Linked In Share Button - Quote 40 Would you live with ease, do what you out and not what you please.

Quote 41 details Share on Google+ - Quote 41 Linked In Share Button - Quote 41 He's a fool that makes his doctor his heir.

Quote 42 details Share on Google+ - Quote 42 Linked In Share Button - Quote 42 Fish and visitors smell in three days.

Quote 43 details Share on Google+ - Quote 43 Linked In Share Button - Quote 43 Keep they shop, and they shop will keep thee.

Quote 44 details Share on Google+ - Quote 44 Linked In Share Button - Quote 44 Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.


Quote 45 details Share on Google+ - Quote 45 Linked In Share Button - Quote 45 Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.

Quote 46 details Share on Google+ - Quote 46 Linked In Share Button - Quote 46 God helps them that help themselves


Quote 47 details Share on Google+ - Quote 47 Linked In Share Button - Quote 47 Experience keeps a dear school, yet fools will learn in no other.

Quote 48 details Share on Google+ - Quote 48 Linked In Share Button - Quote 48 He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.


Quote 49 details Share on Google+ - Quote 49 Linked In Share Button - Quote 49 The used key is always bright

Quote 1365 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1365 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1365 Mankind are very odd creatures: one half censure what they practice, the other half practice what they censure; ther est always say and do as they ought.

Quote 727 details Share on Google+ - Quote 727 Linked In Share Button - Quote 727 Who is wise? He that learns from every One. Who is powerful? He that governs his Passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.


Quote 732 details Share on Google+ - Quote 732 Linked In Share Button - Quote 732 Ignorance leads Men into a Party, and Shame keeps them from getting out again.

Quote 870 details Share on Google+ - Quote 870 Linked In Share Button - Quote 870 Wish not as much to live long as to live well.

Quote 871 details Share on Google+ - Quote 871 Linked In Share Button - Quote 871 Many foxes grow gray, but few grow good.

Quote 891 details Share on Google+ - Quote 891 Linked In Share Button - Quote 891 Strive to be the greatest man in your country, and you may be disappointed. Strive to be the best and you may succeed: he may well win the race that runs by himself.

Quote 986 details Share on Google+ - Quote 986 Linked In Share Button - Quote 986
If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.


Quote 23 details Share on Google+ - Quote 23 Linked In Share Button - Quote 23 Who is wise? he that learns from every one. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? he that is content. Who is that? Nobody.

Quote 1168 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1168 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1168 Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.


Quote 1175 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1175 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1175 Sin is not hurtful because it is forbidden but it is forbidden because it is hurtful.

Quote 1224 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1224 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1224 Honest Men often go to Law for their Right; when Wise Men would sit down with the Wrong, supposing the first Loss least. In some Countries the Course of the Courts is so tedious, and the Expence so high, that the Remedy, Justice, is worse than, Injustice, the Disease. In my Travels I once saw a Sign call’d The Two Men at Law; One of them was painted on one Side, in a melancholy Posture, all in Rags, with this Scroll, I have lost my Cause. The other was drawn capering for Joy, on the other Side, with these Words, I have gain’d my Suit; but he was stark naked.

Benjamin Franklin: Poor Richard, 1742

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Wouldst thou enjoy a long Life, a healthy Body, and a vigorous Mind, and be acquainted also with the wonderful works of God? labour in the first place to bring thy Appetite into Subjection to Reason.

Benjamin Franklin: Poor Richard, 1742

Quote 1226 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1226 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1226 The honest Man takes Pains, and then enjoys Pleasures; the Knave takes Pleasure, and then suffers Pains.

Benjamin Franklin: Poor Richard Improved, 1755

Quote 1350 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1350 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1350 Would you live with ease, do what you ought, not what you please.

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There are no gains without pains.

Quote 1401 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1401 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1401 Nor is a duty beneficial because it is commanded, but it is commanded because it is beneficial.

Benjamin Franklin: Poor Richards Almanack

Quote 1428 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1428 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1428 On education all our lives depend / And few to that, too few, with care attend.