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Serenity & Discontent

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
Serenity & Discontent
He that can compose himself is wiser than he that composes books. [1737]Tiger, turn green:
Kitty's serene.
Who is rich? He that
rejoices in his Portion. [1744]
Content makes poor men rich; Discontent makes rich men poor. [1749]Dour?
Sorrow is good for nothing but sin. [1750]Vice domineers -
Its henchmen, your tears.
The discontented Man finds
no easy Chair. [1753]
Inner storm?
No nest's warm.
A Change of Fortune hurts
a wise Man no more than a
Change of the Moon. [1756]
Picture all you fear and hope
As a toy kaleidoscope
Nothing dries sooner than a Tear. [1757]Lips frown -
Then clown.
Content is the Philosopher's Stone, that turns all it touches into Gold. [1758]Prone to purr?
Fears no cur.
Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents
common or unavoidable. [Virtue 11]
What? To rifles
Over trifles?

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