Talk:Poor Richard's Almanack

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Ben's Prose Quotes Updated in Rhyme

Children and playful adults may enjoy seeing chart of many Franklin quotes alongside jingles that aim to express and compress the same thought. (It got an A+ from the English Teacher's Website.) It's published monthly, you can download the whole thing, without the usual copyright restrictions. (If you want to publish it, simply quote the source.) Just go to and click the kite.

John McCall-- 13:08, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

Entries Removed From Main Page: Section For 1739[edit]

I do not find the following two quotes in the hardcover version of Poor Richard’s Almanack that I have been using ( International Collector’s Library edition ). They were in the Section for 1739 in this Wikiquote article :

  • Love, and be lov'd.
  • Food is essential to life, therefore make it good.

I have therefore moved them to this discussion page section from the main page. Archimedes (talk) 18:22, 27 October 2009 (UTC)

First quote was added by Kalki 18 November 2004. "Love, and be loved" is in the 1756 Almanack. Added there. Second quote added 22 February 2007, anonymous IP responsible for two edits. Archimedes (talk) 14:09, 30 October 2009 (UTC)

Entries Removed From Main Page: Section For 1757[edit]

  • Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
    • Aphorism quoted by Lord Chesterfield in 1749

I cannot find this quote in the 1757 section of the International Collector's Library hardcover edition I have been using as a source here. Archimedes (talk) 07:09, 5 November 2009 (UTC)

Passage Removed From Main Page: Section for 1753[edit]

I do not find the following passage in the Almanack for 1753, and I have thus moved it to this discussion page.

  • When an Indian Child has been brought up among us, taught our language and habituated to our Customs, yet if he goes to see his relations and makes one Indian Ramble with them, there is no perswading him ever to return. [But] when white persons of either sex have been taken prisoners young by the Indians, and lived a while among them, tho’ ransomed by their Friends, and treated with all imaginable tenderness to prevail with them to stay among the English, yet in Short time they become disgusted with our manner of life…and take the first good Opportunity of escaping again into the Woods, when there is no reclaiming them.

FWIW, this is a genuine Franklin observation. It is from a May 9, 1753 letter to (the London merchant) Peter Collinson : in Labaree, Papers of Benjamin Franklin, 4:481-482.