The Wit and Wisdom of Benjamin Franklin

One of my favorite things to do is go to thrift stores and pick up books. I found this one at a local thrift store for twenty-five cents. Recently my daughters recommended that I cull my collection, and since this was a hardcover that I hadn’t visited at all it should go into the box.


As with all my books, I had to give it further examination. It is a Barnes & Noble release that highlights the many quotes and letters by Benjamin Franklin.

After perusing this book, I came to the conclusion that this man was a genius. Here are some highlights from a segment I visited today: 

My favorite quotes from page 39…

Old Folks and Old Trees

…Old folks and old trees, if you remove them, tis ten to one that you will kill them…

…We are growing old ourselves, and shall expect the same kind of indulgencies. If we give them, we shall have the right to expect them in return…

Old age, infirmities, and poverty joined, are afflictions enough; the neglect and slight of friends and near relations should never be added…

I was thinking today about family, and about aging. One of our wisest founding fathers reinforced my belief that the people in your life should not be forgotten. I can’t resolve how anyone can sleep well knowing that they haven’t spoken with a loved one for an extended period of time. 

Not only did Benjamin Franklin offer his invaluable service to this country, he also offered sage advice about life.

This book will not go in the box.
4 Oak Books

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