September 18th, 2009
The proverb “Good fences make good neighbors” has been around for a couple of centuries in different forms. One place it can be found is in Poor Richard’s Almanack by Benjamin Franklin. His version is: “Love your neighbor; yet don’t pull down your hedge.” It’s interesting that the specific wording of the proverb, “Good fences […]
September 5th, 2008
Quote by Ben Franklin: The noblest question in the world is, What good may I do in it? -Poor Richard’s Almanack
February 12th, 2008
I have a correction to make – and investigating my error has led me to an interesting discovery. Way back in 2005, I was asked about the saying, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” At the time I attributed it to Benjamin Franklin. The saying was in […]
January 16th, 2006
Ben Franklin (1706 – 1790) is an amazingly interesting character! He made tremendous contributions to the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. He also invented the lightening rod, bifocals and the wood stove. One of his favorite pastimes was Chess. Here’s what he had to say about it… The Morals of Chess The game […]
December 31st, 2005
Here are two old nursery rhymes related to the New Year… He who is born on New Year’s morn Will have his own way as sure as you were born. *** Married when the year is new, He’ll be loving, kind and true. *** Here’s a quote from Ben Franklin about the New Year… Be […]
December 11th, 2005
Helen wrote me, Hi, Do you know the name of the one that includes “early to bed and early to rise”? I think the the word wise is also included. I have searched every where I can think of on the internet but this is still keeping me awake at night. Thanks, Helen Benjamin Franklin […]
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