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Poor Richard's Almanac

   There are no gains without pains.

   At the working man's house hunger looks in but dares not enter.

   Industry pays debts while despair increases them.

   Diligence is the mother of good luck.

   God gives all things to industry.

   Plough deep while sluggards sleep and you shall have corn to 
   sell and to keep.

   Work while it is called today for you know not how much you may 
   be hindered tomorrow.

   One today is worth two tomorrows.

   Have you something to do tomorrow?  Do it today.

   If you were a servant would you not be ashamed that a good 
   master should catch you idle?  Then if you are your own master 
   be ashamed to catch yourself idle.

   Trouble springs from idleness and grievous toil from needless 

   Industry gives comfort and plenty and respect.

   Keep thy shop and thy shop will keep thee.

   If you would have your business done, go;  if not, send.

   Want of care does us more damage than want of knowledge.

   Not to oversee workmen is to leave them your purse open.

   If you would have a faithful servant and one that you like --- 
   serve yourself.

   If you would be wealthy think of saving as well as getting:  
   The Indies have not made Spain rich because her outgoes are 
   greater than her incomes.

   Women and wine, game and deceit     
   make the wealth small and the wants great.

   Many estates are spent in the getting,    
   Since women for tea forsook spinning and knitting,    
   And men for punch forsook hewing and splitting.

   What maintains one vice would bring up two children.

   Fools make feasts and wise men eat them.

   Who dainties love shall beggars prove.

   You may think, perhaps, that a little tea, or a little punch 
   now and then, diet a little more costly, clothes a little 
   finer, and a little more entertainment now and then can be no 
   great matter but remember what Poor Richard says "Many a little 
   makes a mickle;  beware of little expense for a small leak will 
   sink a great ship."

   Buy what thou has no need of and ere long thou shall sell thy 

   Silks and satins, scarlet and velvets have put out the kitchen 

   A child and a fool imagine twenty shillings and twenty years can 
   never be spent.

   To be humble to superiors is duty,    
   to equals courtesy,    
   to inferiors nobleness.

   After crosses and losses    
   Men grow humbler and wiser.

   The proud hate pride --- in others.

   Pride dines on Vanity, sups on Contempt.

   Pride breakfasted with Plenty    
   Dined with poverty    
   Supped with Infamy.

   Blame-all and Praise-all are two blockheads.

   Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no 
   other, and scarce in that.

   It is ill-manners to silence a fool and cruelty to let him go 

   The wise man draws more advantage from his enemies than the 
   fool from his friends.

   A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant 

   The learned fool writes his nonsense in better languages than 
   the unlearned;  but still it is nonsense.

   When befriended, remember it;      
   When you befriend, forget it.

   He that lives upon hope will die fasting.

   He that has a trade has an estate.

   The noblest question in the world is     
   What good may I do in it?

   Sell not virtue to purchase wealth     
   nor liberty to purchase power.

   Nothing brings more pain than too much pleasure;     
   nothing more bondage than too much liberty.

   Wink at small faults;  remember thou hast great ones.

   Each year one vicious habit rooted out,    
   In time might make the worst man good throughout.

   Hear no ill of a friend,     
   nor speak any of an enemy.

   Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure     
   when he is really selling himself a slave to it.

   Having been poor is no shame;     
   but being ashamed of it is.

   'Tis hard but glorious to be poor and honest.

   Meanness is the parent of insolence.

   The busy man has few idle visitors;    
   to the boiling pot the flies come not.

   If you would reap praise you must sow the seeds,     
   Gentle words and useful deeds.

   Anger is never without a reason    
   but seldom with a good one.

   Virtue and a trade are a child's best portion.

   Love your neighbor    
   Yet don't pull down your hedge.

   He that does what he should not     
   shall feel what he would not.

   The honest man takes pains and then enjoys pleasures;    
   The knave takes pleasures and then suffers pains.

   What you would seem to be, be really.

   Necessity never made a good bargain.

   The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise 
   man is in his heart.

   Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools that have not 
   wit enough to be honest.

   Drink does not drown care,     
   but waters it, and makes it grow fast.

   Three good meals a day is bad living.

   Here comes the orator!      
   With his flood of words and his drop of reason.

   He that speaks much is much mistaken.

   Proclaim not all thou knoweth, all thou owest, all thou hast, 
   nor all thou canst.

   Words may shew a man's wit but actions his meaning.

   A great talker may be no fool but he is one that relies on him.

   He that lies down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.

   All things are easy to industry,     
   All things are difficult to sloth.

   Take this remark from Richard poor and lame,    
   Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.

   Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.

   The sun never repents of the good he does,    
   nor does he ever demand recompense.

   If what most men admire they would despise,     
   It would look as if mankind were growing wise.

   He that would live in peace and ease    
   Must not speak all he knows nor judge all he sees.

   Think of three things:     
   Whence you came,     
   Where you are going,    
   And to whom you must account.

   Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to 

   Be civil to all    
   serviceable to many     
   familiar with few,     
   friend to one,     
   enemy to none.

   Love your enemies     
   for they tell you your faults.

   Be always ashamed to catch thyself idle.

   Fear to do evil and you need fear nothing else.

   Good sense and learning may esteem obtain,    
   Humor and wit a laugh, if rightly taken;    
   Fair virtue admiration may impart;    
   But tis good-nature only wins the heart.    
   It moulds the body to an easy grace,    
   And brightens every feature of the face;    
   It smooths the unpolished tongue with eloquence,    
   And adds persuasion to the finest sense.

   Who is strong?    
   He that can conquer his bad habits.    
   Who is rich?    
   He that rejoices in his portion.

   Wish not so much to live long as to live well.

   For age and want save while you may;    
   No morning sun lasts a whole day.

   If you would not be forgotten     
   As soon as you are dead and rotten,    
   Either write things worth reading    
   Or do things worth writing.

   Youth is pert and positive,     
   Age modest and doubting;    
   So ears of corn when young and bright,    
   stand bold upright,     
   But hang their heads when weighty, full and ripe.

   Kings have long arms, but Misfortune longer,    
   Let none think themselves out of her reach.

   Ah simple man!    
   When a boy two precious jewels were given thee,    
   Time and good advice,    
   One thou has lost    
   and the other thrown away.

   Lend money to an enemy and you will gain him,     
   to a friend and you will lose him.

   Beware of little expenses,    
   a small leak will sink a great ship.

   When prosperity was well mounted,    
   she let go the bridle,     
   and soon came tumbling out of the saddle.

   There are three faithful friends ---     
   An old wife, an old dog, and ready money.

   Bargaining has neither friends nor relations.

   He that is of the opinion money will do everything    
   may well be suspected of doing everything for money.

   Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it.

   Many have quarreled about religion that never practiced it.

   Marry above thy match and you will get a master.

   When there is marriage without love,     
   there will be love without marriage.

   Keep your eyes wide open before marriage,     
   half shut afterwards.

   You can bear your own faults    
   and why not a fault in your wife?

   Fine linen, girls and gold so bright    
   choose not to take by candle-light.

   The way to be safe is never to be secure.    
   Dally not with other folk's women or money.

   Visits should be short, like a winters day,    
   Lest you are too troublesome hasten away.

   Hunger never saw bad bread.

   Beware of meat twice boiled    
   And of an old foe reconciled.

   Fish and visitors stink in three days.

   None preaches better than the ant,    
   and she says nothing.

   He that composes himself is wiser than he that composes books.

   I never saw an oft-transplanted tree,     
   nor yet an oft-removed family,    
   That throve so well as those     
   that settled be.

   Who has deceived thee as often as thyself?

   None but the well-bred man knows how to confess a fault    
   or acknowledge himself in an error.

   Trust thyself    
   and another shall not betray thee.

   Woulds't thou confound thy enemy,    
   be good thyself.

   What signifies knowing the names if you know not the natures of 

   Glass, China and Reputation    
   are easily cracked    
   and never well mended.

   He that best understands the world,    
   least likes it.

   Most people return small favors,    
   acknowledge middling ones,    
   and repay great ones with ingratitude.

   Sudden power is apt to be insolent,    
   sudden liberty saucy,    
   that balances best which has grown gradually.

   The discontented man finds no easy chair.

   Little rogues easily become great ones.

   Where sense is wanting     
   everything is wanting.

   The wolf sheds his coat once a year,    
   his disposition never.

   Vain-glory flowereth but beareth no fruit.

   Silence is not always a sign of wisdom    
   but babbling is ever a mark of folly.

   How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults,    
   or resolution enough to mend them.

   An open foe may prove a curse    
   but a pretended friend is worse.

   In success be moderate.

   Humility makes great men twice honourable.

   Blessed is he who expects nothing    
   for he shall never be disappointed.

   Success has ruined many a man.

   Always taking out of the meal tub and never putting in,    
   soon comes to the bottom.

   When the well is dry --- they know the worth of water.

   If you will not hear and obey reason     
   she will surely rap your knuckles.

   A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.

   Many a long dispute among Divines may be thus abridged: "It is 
   so. It is not so. It is so. It is not so."

   Ill customs and bad advise are seldom forgotten.

   No better relation than a prudent and faithful friend.

   An honest man will receive neither money nor praise that is not 
   his due.

   Many Foxes grow grey, but few grow good.

   Content makes poor men rich; 
     discontent makes rich men poor.

   If your head is wax, don't walk in the sun.

   Beware, beware; he'll cheat without scruple, who can without 

   The king's cheese is half wasted in parings; but no matter, 
   'tis made of the people's milk.

   There's many witty men whose brains can't fill their bellies.

   Let all men know thee, but no man know thee thoroughly;
     men freely ford that see the shallows.

   How many observe Christ's birthday: How few his precepts!  
     O! 'tis easier to keep holidays than commandments.

   Who is rich?  He that rejoices in his portion.

   There is much difference between imitating a good man and 
   counterfeiting him.

   They who have nothing to trouble them will be troubled at 

   Half wits talk much but say little.

   He that buys by the penny maintains not only himself, but other 

   Let thy maid-servant be faithful, strong, and homely.

   Declaiming against pride is not always a sign of humility.

   Those who in quarrels interpose, 
     must often wipe a bloody nose.

   There are no fools so troublesome as those who have wit. 

   Quarrels never could last long,
     If on one side only lay the wrong.

   The heart of the fool is in his mouth,
     but the mouth of the wise man is in his heart.

   Visit your aunt, but not every day;
     and call at your brother's, but not every night.

   Hear Reason, or she'll make you feel her.

   Where there is hunger, law is not regarded;
     and where law is not regarded, there will be hunger.

   There are lazy minds as well as lazy bodies.

   Wish not so much to live long, as to live well.

   Tart words make no friends: a spoonful of honey will catch more 
   flies than a gallon of vinegar.

   As pride increases, fortune declines.

   Life with fools consists in drinking; 
     with the wise man, living's thinking.

   Who is strong?  He that can conquer his bad habits.

   Dine with little, sup with less:
     Do better still; sleep supperless.

   A man in a passion rides a mad horse.

   The wise man draws more advantage from his enemies, than the 
   fool from his friends.

   Industry, perseverance, and frugality make fortune yield.

   Fear to do ill, and you need fear nought else.

   Seek virtue, and of that possess, 
     To providence resign the rest.

   Many would live by their wits,
     but break for want of stock.

   Anger and folly walk cheek by jowl;
     Repentance treads on both their heels.

   Be not niggardly in what costs thee nothing,
     as courtesy, counsel, and countenance.

   Man's tongue is soft,
     And bone doth lack;
   Yet a stroke therewith
     May break a man's back.

   Great beauty, great strength, and great riches are really and 
   truly of no great use; a right heart exceeds all.

   Tim was so learned that he could name a horse in nine 
   languages.  So ignorant that he bought a cow to ride on.

   You may talk too much on the best of subjects.

   The same man cannot be both friend and flatterer.

   He who multiplies riches multiplies cares.

   The poor have little, 
     Beggars none;
   The rich too much,
     Enough not one.

   Pay what you owe and you will know what is your own.

   Those who are feared are hated.

   If you would keep your secret from an enemy,
     tell it not to a friend.

   The things which hurt, instruct.

   The eye of a master will do more work than his hand.

   Eat few suppers and you'll need few medicines.

   A lie stands on one leg,
     Truth on two.

   Mankind are very odd creatures:
     One half censure what they practice,
   The other half practice what they censure,
     The rest always say and do as they ought.

   An undutiful daughter will prove an unmanageable wife.

   Love well, whip well.

   Eat to live, and not live to eat.

   To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.

   Great talkers, little doers.

   Wise men learn by others' harms;
     Fools by their own.   

   He that won't be counselled, can't be helped.

   All things are cheap to the saving,
     dear to the wasteful.

   If you ride a horse sit close and tight,
     if you ride a man sit easy and light. 

   Would you persuade, speak of interest, not of reason.

   He that waits on fortune is never sure of a dinner.

   A slip of the foot you may soon recover,
     but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.

   A house without woman and firelight
     is like a body without soul or spirit.

   Do good to thy friend to hold him,
     to thy enemy to gain him.

   Teach your child to hold his tongue,
     he'll learn fast enough to speak.

   In rivers and bad governments  
     the lightest things swim at top.

   Cut the wings of your hens and hopes,
     lest they lead you a weary dance after them.

   Would you live with ease,
     do what you ought, 
   not what you please.

   The horse thinks one thing,
     and he that saddles him another.

   In the affairs of this world men are saved, not by faith, but by 
   the want of it.

   Friendship cannot live with ceremony, nor without civility.

   Men and melons are hard to know.

   The thrifty maxim of the wary Dutch,
     is to save all the money they can touch.

   It is better to take many injuries than to give one.

   An old young man will be a young old man.

   Do not do that which you would not have known.

   If you would live long, live well;
     for folly and wickedness shorten life.

   God works wonders now and then;
     Behold! a lawyer, an honest man.

   He that pays for work before it's done has but a pennyworth for 
   two pence.

   You may be more happy than princes if you will be more 

   An ill wound, but not an ill name, may be healed.

   Thou can'st not joke an enemy into a friend,
     but thou may'st a friend into an enemy.

   Many dishes, many diseases.

   The sting of a reproach is the truth of it.

   A good wife and health is a man's best wealth.

   Virtue and happiness are mother and daughter.

   A quarrelsome man has no good neighbors.

   Many a man would have been worse if his estate had been better.

   Don't throw stones at your neighbors' if your own windows are 

   The honey is sweet, but the bee has a sting.

   He that sells upon trust loses many friends, and always wants 

   Time is an herb that cures all diseases.

   If you do what you should not, you must hear what you would 

   Good wives and good plantations are made by good husbands.

   He that scatters thorns, let him not go barefoot.

   Drunkenness, that worst of evils, makes some men fools, some 
   beasts, some devils.

   'Tis easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all 
   that follow it.

   Don't judge of men's wealth or piety by their Sunday 

   The Wise and Brave dares own that he was wrong.

   To whom thy secret thou dost tell, 
     to him thy freedom thou dost sell.

   He that pursues two hares at once, does not catch one and lets 
   the other go.

   Don't go to the doctor with every distemper, nor to the lawyer 
   with every quarrel, nor to the pot with every thirst.

   The rotten apple spoils his companion.

   I saw few die of hunger; of eating --- 100,000.

   Friendship increases by visiting friends, but by visiting 

   If your riches are yours, why don't you take them with you to 
   t'other world?

   'Tis great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults, 
     greater to tell him his.

   'Tis easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.

   Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors,
     and let every New Year find you a better man.

   Old boys have their playthings as well as young ones;
     the difference is only in the price.

   He that would travel much should eat little.

   You may give the man an office, but you cannot give him 

   Willows are weak but they bind the faggot.

   He is a governor that governs his passions, 
     and he is a servant that serves them.

   Virtue may not always make a face handsome,
     but vice will certainly make it ugly.

   It's common for men to give 6 pretended reasons instead of one 
   real one.

   Where carcasses are, eagles will gather, And where good laws 
   are, much people flock thither. 

   Fools multiply folly. 

   Beauty & folly are old companions. 

   Hope of gain Lessens pain. 

   All things are easy to Industry, 
   All things difficult to Sloth. 

   Neither a Fortress nor a Maidenhead will hold out long after 
   they begin to parly. 

   A good Man is seldom uneasy, an ill one never easy. 

   An innocent Plowman is more worthy than a vicious Prince. 

   Drink Water, Put the Money in your Pocket, and leave the Dry-
   bellyache in the Punchbowl. 

   He that is rich need not live sparingly, and he that can live 
   sparingly need not be rich. 

   If you would be revenged of your enemy, govern yourself. 

   As sore places meet most rubs, proud folks meet most affronts. 

   He that for sake of Drink neglects his Trade, 
   And spends each Night in Taverns till 'tis late, 
   And rises when the Sun is four hours high, 
   And ne'er regards his starving Family; 
   God in his Mercy may do much to save him. 
   But, woe to the poor Wife, whose Lot it is to have him. 

   Look before, or you'll find yourself behind. 

   By diligence and patience, the mouse bit in two the cable. 

   Full of courtesy, full of craft. 

   The Family of Fools is ancient. 

   If Pride leads the Van, Beggary brings up the Rear. 

   Pain wastes the Body, Pleasures the Understanding. 

   Of learned Fools I have seen ten times ten, 
   Of unlearned wise men I have seen a hundred. 

   A man is never so ridiculous by those Qualities that are his 
   own as by those that he affects to have. 

   Deny Self for Self's sake. 

   Ever since Follies have pleas'd, Fools have been able to 

   If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the 

   Keep flax from fire, youth from gaming. 

   There's none deceived but he that trusts. 

   If you desire many things, many things will seem but a few. 

   Tis better leave for an enemy at one's death, than beg of a 
   friend in one's life. 

   In success be moderate. 

   If thou hast wit & learning, add to it Wisdom and Modesty. 

   I have never seen the Philosopher's Stone that turns lead into 
   Gold, but I have known the pursuit of it turn a Man's Gold into 

   Reading makes a full Man, Meditation a profound Man, discourse 
   a clear Man. 

   Historians relate, not so much what is done, as what they would 
   have believed. 

   He that falls in love with himself, will have no Rivals. 

   Rather go to bed supperless, than run in debt for a Breakfast. 

   Let thy Discontents be Secrets. 

   A Man of Knowledge like a rich Soil, feeds 
   If not a world of Corn, 
   a world of Weeds. 

   No Resolution of Repenting hereafter can be sincere. 

   Honour thy Father and Mother, i.e. Live so as to be an Honour 
   to them tho' they are dead. 

   If thou injurest Conscience, it will have its Revenge on thee. 

   Beware of him that is slow to anger: He is angry for something, 
   and will not be pleased for nothing. 

   No longer virtuous no longer free; is a Maxim as true with 
   regard to a private Person as a Common-wealth. 

   Let our Fathers and Grandfathers be valued for their Goodness, 
   ourselves for our own. 

   Industry need not wish. 

   Sin is not hurtful because it is forbidden but it is forbidden 
   because it's hurtful. Nor is a Duty beneficial because it is 
   commanded, but it is commanded, because it's beneficial. 

   Love, and be lov'd. 

   O Lazy-Bones! Dost thou think God would have given thee Arms 
   and Legs, if he had not design'd thou should'st use them. 

   No wonder Tom grows fat, th' unwieldy sinner, 
   Makes his whole life but one continual dinner. 

   None are deceived but they that confide. 

   A wolf eats sheep but now and then, 
   Ten thousands are devour'd by men. 

   To all apparent beauties blind 
   Each blemish strikes an envious mind. 

   Thou hadst better eat salt with the Philosophers of Greece, 
   than sugar with the Courtiers of Italy. 

   He makes a Foe who makes a jest. 

   Who knows a fool, must know his brother; 
   For one will recommend another. 

   Avoid dishonest Gain: No price Can recompence the Pangs of 

   When befriended, remember it: 
   When you befriend, forget it. 

   Great souls with generous pity melt; 
   Which coward tyrants never felt. 

   Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to gain leisure. 

   Learn of the skilful: He that teaches himself, hath a fool for 
   his master. 

   Best is the Tongue that feels the rein; 
   He that talks much, must talk in vain; 
   We from the wordy Torrent fly: 
   Who listens to the chattering Pye? 

   No Wood without Bark. 

   Monkeys warm with envious spite, 
   Their most obliging FRIENDS will bite; 
   And, fond to copy human Ways, 
   Practise new Mischiefs all their days. 

   Let thy discontents be thy Secrets; if the world knows them, 
   'twill despise thee and increase them. 

   E'er you remark another's Sin, 
   Bid your own Conscience look within. 

   At 20 years of age the Will reigns; at 30 the Wit; at 40 the 

   Lying rides upon Debt's back. 

   Clearly spoken, Mr. Fog! You explain English by Greek. 

   There are no fools so troublesome as those that have wit. 

   Let no Pleasure tempt thee, no Profit allure thee, no Ambition 
   corrupt thee, no Example sway thee, no Persuasion move thee, to 
   do any thing which thou knowest to be Evil; So shalt thou 
   always live jollily: for a good Conscience is a continual 

   He that speaks ill of the Mare, will buy her. 

   Against Diseases here, the strongest Fence, 
   Is the defensive Virtue, Abstinence. 

   If thou dost ill, the joy fades, not the pains; 
   If well, the pain doth fade, the joy remains. 

   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. 

   In prosperous fortunes be modest and wise, 
   The greatest may fall, and the lowest may rise:
   But insolent People that fall in disgrace, 
   Are wretched and no-body pities their Case. 

   Content and Riches seldom meet together, 
   Riches take thou, contentment I had rather. 

   Speak with contempt of none, from slave to king, 
   The meanest Bee hath, and will use, a sting. 

   Tis easy to frame a good bold resolution; but hard is the Task 
   that concerns execution. 

   Make haste slowly. 

   Keep thou from the Opportunity, and God will keep thee from the 

   If you'd be belov'd, make yourself amiable. 

   A true Friend is the best Possession. 

   Fear God, and your Enemies will fear you. 

   Wars bring scars. 

   A light purse is a heavy Curse. 

   He who buys had need have 100 Eyes, but one's enough for him 
   that sells the Stuff. 

   To God we owe fear and love; to our neighbours justice and 
   charity; to our selves prudence and sobriety. 

   Vice knows she's ugly, so puts on her Mask. 

   It's the easiest Thing in the World for a Man to deceive 

   Good Sense is a Thing all need, few have, and none think they 

   The Tongue is ever turning to the aching Tooth. 

   Want of Care does us more Damage than Want of Knowledge. 

   Take Courage, Mortal; Death can't banish thee out of the 

   Tis a strange Forest that has no rotten Wood in it. And a 
   strange Kindred that all are good in it. 

   Courage would fight, but Discretion won't let him. 
   Pride and the Gout, are seldom cur'd throughout. 

   Despair ruins some, Presumption many. 

   A quiet Conscience sleeps in Thunder, but Rest and Guilt live 
   far asunder. 

   Write Injuries in Dust, Benefits in Marble. 

   What is Serving God? 'Tis doing Good to Man. 

   Many have been ruin'd by buying good pennyworths. 

   The Devil sweetens Poison with Honey. 

   Knaves & Nettles are akin; stroak 'em kindly, yet they'll 

   Suspicion may be no Fault, but shewing it may be a great one. 

   He that's secure is not safe. 

   If Jack's in love, he's no judge of Jill's Beauty. 

   The end of Passion is the beginning of Repentance. 

   Neither trust, nor contend, nor lay wagers, nor lend; And 
   you'll have peace to your Lives end. 

   It was wise counsel given to a young man: Pitch upon that 
   course of life which is most excellent, and CUSTOM will make it 
   the most delightful. But many pitch on no course of life at 
   all, nor form any scheme of living, by which to attain any 
   valuable end; but wander perpetually from one thing to another. 


   The Art of getting Riches consists very much in THRIFT. All Men 
   are not equally qualified for getting Money, but it is in the 
   Power of everyone alike to practise this Virtue. 

   He that would be beforehand in the World, must be beforehand 
   with his Business: It is not only ill Management, but discovers 
   a slothful Disposition, to do that in the Afternoon, which 
   should have been done in the Morning.
   Useful Attainments in your Minority will procure Riches in 
   Maturity, of which Writing and Accounts are not the meanest. 

   Learning, whether Speculative or Practical, is, in Popular or 
   Mixt Governments, the Natural Source of Wealth and Honour. 

   PRECEPT I. In Things of moment, on thy self depend, Nor trust 
   too far thy Servant or thy Friend: With private Views, thy 
   Friend may promise fair, And Servants very seldom prove 

   PRECEPT II. What can be done, with Care perform today, Dangers 
   unthought-of will attend delay; Your distant Prospects all 
   precarious are, And Fortune is as fickle as she's fair. 

   PRECEPT III. Nor trivial Loss, nor trivial Gain despise; 
   Molehills, if often heap'd, to Mountains rise: Weigh every 
   small Expence, and nothing waste, Farthings long sav'd, amount 
   to Pounds at last. 

   He that spills the Rum, loses that only; He that drinks it, 
   often loses both that and himself. 

   Genius without Education is like Silver in the Mine. 

   Fond Pride of Dress is sure an empty Curse; 
   E're Fancy you consult, consult your Purse. 

   The too obliging temper is evermore disobliging itself. 

   Hold your council before dinner; the full belly hates Thinking 
   as well as Acting. 

   The Brave and the Wise can both pity and excuse when Cowards 
   and Fools shew no Mercy. 

   Children and princes will quarrel for trifles. 

   'Tis against some mens Principle to pay Interest, and seems 
   against others Interest to pay the Principal. 

   Philosophy as well as foppery often changes fashion. 

   A Pair of good ears will drain dry an hundred tongues. 

   If you'd know the value of money, go and borrow some. 

   Learning to the Studious; Riches to the Careful; Power to the 
   Bold; Heaven to the Virtuous. 

   Speak little, do much. 

   If you would be loved, love and be loveable. 

   Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He 
   that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who 
   is that? Nobody. 

   Diligence overcomes difficulties, Sloth makes them. 

   Neglect mending a small fault, and 'twill soon be a great one. 

   He that has a trade, has an Office of Profit and Honour. 

   Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed. 

   Tomorrow, every fault is to be amended; but that tomorrow 
   never comes. 

   When a friend deals with a friend
   Let the bargain be clear and well penn'd, 
   That they may continue friends to the end. 

   Many a man's own tongue gives evidence against his 

   Tis easier to build two chimneys, than maintain one in fuel. 

   He that would catch fish, must venture his bait. 

   Men take more pains to mask than mend. 

   In studying Law or Physick, or any other Art or Science, by 
   which you propose to get your Livelihood, though you find it at 
   first hard, difficult and unpleasing, use Diligence, Patience 
   and Perseverance; the Irksomness of your Task will thus 
   diminish daily, and your Labour shall finally be crowned with 
   Success. You shall go beyond all your Competitors who are 
   careless, idle or superficial in their Acquisitions, and be at 
   the Head of your Profession. Ability will command Business, 
   Business Wealth; and Wealth an easy and honourable Retirement 
   when Age shall require it. 

   Great modesty often hides great merit. 

   Content is the philosopher's stone, that turns all it touches 
   into gold. 

   Half the truth is often a great lie. 

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