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Stinginess - Success

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
Stinginess & Sharing
Wish a miser long life,
and you wish him no good. [1738]
"Long life to the miser!"
"Some favor," says Wiser.
Meanness is the Parent of Insolence. [1752]Scrooge’s tip?
Twist-ed lip.
Mine is better than Ours. [1756]Mine? Fine.
Ours? Sours.
see also ADVICE.
You may sometimes be much in the wrong, in owning
your being in the right. [1754]
Right to fight
For "I'm right"?
A Man without ceremony has need of great merit in its place. [1745](With no court robe)
Judged well … the globe.
How many mortifications must he suffer, that cannot bear any thing but beauty, order, elegance & perfection! Your man of taste, is nothing but a man of distaste. [1748]Life’s horse-laughed, … debased
(Through thoroughbred “taste”).
Nice Eaters seldom meet with a good Dinner. [1751]Finicky’s spouse
-- A lifelong grouse!
Success & Ruin
Now I've a sheep and a cow, every body bids me good morrow. [1736]Remote with me?
With my TV?
Success has ruin'd many a
Man. [1752]
Midas chokes
On gold jokes.
Setting too good an Example is a Kind of Slander seldom forgiven. [1753]Example
Can trample.

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