Index and Cross Reference
This website on Poor Richard's Almanac is
for play not work. And if a subject index spoils the fun, please forget it.
But playing around with Franklin makes some people want to search out his
wisdom. And this subject index shows 300 ways to do that - in honor of Ben
Franklin's 300th birthday (2006).
A quick scroll down the subject index can help with many a search. For
on advanced searches, check at the end of the index under BORING DETAILS. The 1758 Preface to Poor Richard's Almanac also features
some favorite sayings - click here to see the text.
ADVICE see also BEN'S 13 VIRTUES, PLANNING & DECIDING and WISE GUYS.
ALCOHOL see also TEMPERANCE & INDULGENCE.
ANGER & HATE see also FAITH WHEN CHALLENGED.
ANTI-SOCIAL TYPES see also CIVILITY.
BACKFIRE see JUSTICE & COMEUPPANCE.
BAD HABITS & REFORM (1) see also PROCRASTINATION, VICE and WARNING SIGNS.
BAD HABITS & REFORM (2) see also PROCRASTINATION, VICE and WARNING SIGNS.
BAD HABITS & REFORM (3) see also PROCRASTINATION, VICE and WARNING SIGNS.
BEN'S 13 VIRTUES
BRAGGING & DISCRETION see also GABBING & SILENCE and PRIVACY.
BUDGETING see also DEBT & CREDIT.
CHASTITY see BEN'S 13 VIRTUES.
CIVILITY see also ANTI-SOCIAL TYPES, FRIEND & ENEMIES, STYLE and VISITING.
CLEANLINESS see DIRT.
COMEUPPANCE see JUSTICE & COMEUPPANCE.
CONSCIENCE & FUN
CORRUPTION see VIRTUE & CORRUPTION.
CREDIT see DEBT & CREDIT.
DEATH & IMMORTALITY see also FAITH & POSSESSIONS.
DEBT & CREDIT see also CONTRACTORS and MEMORY.
DECIDING see PLANNING & DECIDING.
DIET see also TEMPERANCE & INDULGENCE.
DISCONTENT see SERENITY & DISCONTENT.
DISCRETION see BRAGGING & DISCRETION.
EDUCATION see also HISTORY, LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE and NONSENSE.
ENEMIES see FRIEND & ENEMIES.
EXCESS see MODERATION & EXCESS.
EXPERIENCE see LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE.
FAITH & POSSESSIONS
FAITH & SKEPTICISM see also WISE GUYS.
FAITH & WORK
FAITH WHEN CHALLENGED
FAKING & SINCERITY see also ALIBIS, BRAGGING & DISCRETION, FAITH & SKEPTICISM, PRIDE & HUMILITY and SELF-DECEPTION.
FAMILIES see ANCESTRY and MARRIAGE.
FASHION see STYLE.
FRIEND & ENEMIES see also CIVILITY, DEBT & CREDIT, GOSSIP & REPUTATION and VISITING.
FRUGALITY see BUDGETING.
GABBING & SILENCE see also GOSSIP & REPUTATION.
GIVING see also GRATITUDE and STINGINESS & SHARING.
GOSSIP & REPUTATION see also BRAGGING & DISCRETION and SATIRE.
GRATITUDE see also GIVING, SERENITY & DISCONTENT and UNDERRATING & OVERRATING.
GREED & POVERTY see also BUDGETING, SUCCESS & RUIN and TEMPERANCE & INDULGENCE.
HATE see ANGER & HATE.
HEALTH see also DIET, DOCTORS, HERBS and TEMPERANCE & INDULGENCE.
HUMILITY see PRIDE & HUMILITY.
HYPOCRISY see FAKING & SINCERITY and PRIDE & HUMILITY.
IMMORTALITY see DEATH & IMMORTALITY.
INDULGENCE see TEMPERANCE & INDULGENCE.
INDUSTRY see LAZINESS & LABOR.
INNOCENTS see LAWYERS.
JUDGEMENT see also LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE, PLANNING & DECIDING and SELF-DECEPTION.
JUSTICE & COMEUPPANCE see also BAD HABITS & REFORM (1).
LABOR see LAZINESS & LABOR.
LAZINESS & LABOR see also CONSCIENCE & FUN, FAITH & WORK, PROCRASTINATION and SLEEP.
LEADERSHIP see also PROMISES & PERFORMANCE.
LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE see also ADVICE, EDUCATION, FRIEND & ENEMIES, MEMORY, UNDERRATING & OVERRATING and WARNING SIGNS.
LENDING see DEBT & CREDIT.
LIBERTY & LICENCE see MODERATION & EXCESS and VIRTUE & CORRUPTION.
LUCK see also PRIDE & HUMILITY and SERENITY & DISCONTENT.
LUCK & SWEAT see also LAZINESS & LABOR.
MANNERS see CIVILITY.
MARRIAGE see also PATIENCE and PROMISES & PERFORMANCE.
MEMORY see also DEBT & CREDIT and NOSTALGIA.
MODERATION & EXCESS see also UPSTARTS.
MODESTY see PRIDE & HUMILITY.
MONEY & VALUES see BUDGETING, FAITH & POSSESSIONS, FAKING & SINCERITY and VIRTUE & CORRUPTION.
OBSTINACY see BAD HABITS & REFORM (1) and STUBBORNNESS.
ORDER see also PREPARATION.
OVERRATING see UNDERRATING & OVERRATING.
PASSION & REASON see also SELF-COMMAND.
PATIENCE see also BUDGETING, MARRIAGE, PREPARATION, SELF-COMMAND and TIME.
PERFORMANCE see PROMISES & PERFORMANCE.
PERSUASION see SELF-INTEREST & VIEWPOINT.
PHONIES see FAKING & SINCERITY.
PLANNING & DECIDING
POSSESSIONS see FAITH & POSSESSIONS.
POVERTY see GREED & POVERTY.
PREJUDICE see SELF-INTEREST & VIEWPOINT.
PRIDE & HUMILITY see also FLATTERY.
PROCRASTINATION see also BAD HABITS & REFORM (1).
PROMISES & PERFORMANCE see also BRAGGING & DISCRETION, FAKING & SINCERITY and TIME WASTING.
REASON see PASSION & REASON.
REFORM see BAD HABITS & REFORM (1).
RELIGION see FAITH & POSSESSIONS, FAITH & SKEPTICISM, FAITH & WORK and FAITH WHEN CHALLENGED.
REPUTATION see GOSSIP & REPUTATION.
RESOLUTION see BAD HABITS & REFORM (1), PLANNING & DECIDING, PROMISES & PERFORMANCE and SELF-COMMAND.
RESOLUTION see also BAD HABITS & REFORM (1), PLANNING & DECIDING, PROMISES & PERFORMANCE and SELF-COMMAND.
REVENGE & FORGIVENESS see also MODERATION & EXCESS.
RUIN see SUCCESS & RUIN.
SATIRE see also UNDERRATING & OVERRATING.
SAVING see BUDGETING.
SCAMS see FAITH & SKEPTICISM.
SELF-COMMAND see also BAD HABITS & REFORM (1), MODERATION & EXCESS, PASSION & REASON, PATIENCE and PLEASURES.
SELF-DECEPTION see also UNDERRATING & OVERRATING and WISHES.
SELF-DESTRUCTION see also SERENITY & DISCONTENT and TIME WASTING.
SELF-INDULGENCE see TEMPERANCE & INDULGENCE.
SELF-INTEREST & VIEWPOINT see also HISTORY.
SELF-RESTRAINT see SELF-COMMAND.
SERENITY & DISCONTENT see also CONSCIENCE & FUN and VIRTUE & CORRUPTION.
SHARING see STINGINESS & SHARING.
SILENCE see GABBING & SILENCE.
SINCERITY see FAKING & SINCERITY.
SLEEP see also LAZINESS & LABOR.
STINGINESS & SHARING see also GIVING, GRATITUDE and GREED & POVERTY.
STRENGTH see BAD HABITS & REFORM (1).
STUBBORNNESS see also ADVICE.
SUCCESS & RUIN see also SELF-DESTRUCTION.
SWEAT see LUCK & SWEAT.
TALK see GABBING & SILENCE.
TASTE see STYLE.
TEMPERANCE & INDULGENCE see also ALCOHOL, DIET, GREED & POVERTY, MODERATION & EXCESS and PLEASURES.
THRIFT see BUDGETING.
TIME see also HISTORY and NOSTALGIA.
TIME WASTING see also LAZINESS & LABOR, PROCRASTINATION and SLEEP.
TRANQUILITY see SERENITY & DISCONTENT.
UNDERRATING & OVERRATING
VICE see also BAD HABITS & REFORM (1) and VIRTUE & CORRUPTION.
VIEWPOINT see SELF-INTEREST & VIEWPOINT.
VIRTUE & CORRUPTION see also BAD HABITS & REFORM (1), BEN'S 13 VIRTUES, CONSCIENCE & FUN, GOSSIP & REPUTATION, HEALTH, JUSTICE & COMEUPPANCE, MEMORY and VICE.
WORK see CONTRACTORS, DEBT & CREDIT and LAZINESS & LABOR.
ZEST see CONSCIENCE & FUN and VIRTUE & CORRUPTION.
BORING DETAILS about
searching the index above:
For an advanced search - here's an example.
Say, I want a quotation - or insights - on finance or budgets. After trying
"Finance" with no luck, I press "B" in the alphabetical table and find
"Budgeting see also Debt & Credit" in red letters. All red-letter words
lead to quotes and verses, so I click "Budgeting" - and maybe "Debt & Credit."
That's all it takes. (Or if I'm not satisfied, I might scroll leisurely down the
list for ideas. The subject index includes "Money & Values," for
But I'm finicky. So I sometimes click on "see also's." And I click "D" on the
alphabetical table. There I find at "Debt & Credit", "see also Contractors and
Memory." I have no interest in either; yet, out of curiosity, I click
"Memory." Veterans of Ben & Verse may, in the past, have experienced the
frustration of finding that the episode referenced has not yet been published.
No more - all of Ben & Verse is now permanently available.
One odd thing -- I never see the word "budgeting" in a quotation, although you
will find it in this index. Franklin used words like "frugality", uncommon
today. And this is an index to subjects, not words. Also, please remember,
some websites have the whole Almanac, and a computer can search them by word, if
only perhaps one year at a time. (What do other authors think about many of the
subjects indexed? At the "Links" page, see "Quotations.")
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