- No pain, no gain.
- Do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
- Great haste makes great waste.
- A penny saved is a penny earned.
- Honesty is the best policy.
Chances are you've heard them from your parents or grandparents. Guess who said them all? Wise Benjamin Franklin, the man who graces the American $100 bill.
Ben was not just a politician and one of America's founding fathers, he was a scientist, philosopher, financier, educator, father, husband, writer, meteorologist, electrician and humanitarian. In honor of my recent trip to Philadelphia, here's a blog post dedicated to Ben. Enjoy reading some of his -isms and learning some interesting facts about this man.
- Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.
- If you want to be wealthy, think of saving, as well as earning.
- Beware of little expenses; A small leak will sink a great ship.
- Diligence is the mother of good luck.
- Those who will not be counselled, cannot be helped.
Did you know Ben had 3 kids and one of his sons remained loyal to the British crown despite his dad's allegiance to America.
Ben taught himself to read French, Spanish, Latin and Italian. This man was all about learning and self improvement! He exercised his mind constantly.
He wanted the turkey to be America's national bird. I'm glad he got out-voted here! The bald eagle compared to the turkey, really Ben? What were you thinking?
- If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.
- I didn't fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.
- Some people die at 25 and aren't buried until 75.
- The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.
- A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
Ben published the Pennsylvania Gazette and Poor Richard's Almanack out of his printing shop in Philadelphia. He also printed money for Pennsylvania and Delaware out of the same print shop. See photos above of the print shop and postal office he operated.
He was an avid swimmer and invented the first pair of "swim fins." He also invented bifocals, the catheter and lightning rod. And contrary to popular opinion, he came up with the concept of Daylight Savings Time. He thought it best to maximize the morning sunlight and conserve on candle usage. We shouldn't be surprised. This is the same man that said:
Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
- An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
- By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
- Well done is better than well said.
- Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
- He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
[I believe] That there is one God, who made all things.
That he governs the world by his providence.
That he ought to be worshiped by adoration, prayer, and thanksgiving.
But that the most acceptable service of God is doing good to man.
That the soul is immortal.
And that God will certainly reward virtue and punish vice, either here or hereafter.
This guy didn't just talk a talk, but he walked the walk. He put his feet where his mouth was. He stood up for liberty, justice and freedom for America and her people. He was a wise, intelligent, commonsense man who also liked to throw in witty, humorous comments. He was bold and courageous and although he lived over 220 years ago, we can still learn a lot from him today!
A final thought for you to chew on: