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Always an up-to-date mentor, Franklin’s insights fit right into the soundbites you see here. But why stop here? For a Niagara of wit and understanding in the wonderful words from Ben's own works, get to a search engine and try: Franklin + “Poor Richard.” You might add “1758” -- or just click here. The 1758 preface features some favorite sayings. ( Oh, parents, those "Poor Richard's" websites can get raucous.)
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What's Ben What's Verse
Self-Interest & Viewpoint
see also HISTORY.
Would you persuade, speak
of Interest, not of Reason. [1734]
Reason? Who cares?
Show 'em their shares!
Bargaining has neither friends nor relations. [1736]Family feeling …
Orphaned when dealing
To bear other Peoples Afflictions, every one has Courage enough, and to spare. [1740]“Shared your ache --
Pass more cake.”
Pray don't burn my House to roast your Eggs. [1751]Peter is roast -
So Paul eats toast.
The Horse thinks one thing,
and he that saddles him
another. [1754]
Jockey and steed --
Always agreed?

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