The Way to Wealth by Benjamin Franklin

This book is really a series of proverbs that use few words to present great wisdom. Many of these are known by us all, but, like the author highlights, we may not always follow their meaning. I’ll just bet that you can find modern memes with all of them. The tone is humorous and it’s a fast read even with the older English.

This “book” (if one could call such a small text a book!) is just packed with quotable advice.

  • “One to-day is worth 2 to-morrows- never leave that till to-morrow, which you can do to-day”
  • “We are taxed twice as much as our idleness, three times as much by our pride, four times as much by our folly”
  • “Do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made out of”
  • “He that hath a trade, hath an estate”
  • “Away then, with your expensive follies, and you will not then have so much cause to complain of hard times, heavy taxes, and chargeable families”
  • “What maintains one vice would bring up two children”
  • “Beware of little expenses: a small leak will sink a great ship”
  • “It is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it”

Overall excellent, general advice about being frugal, humble and charitable while looking towards God’s providence for one’s overall well being. Really fits in with my faith + minimalist lifestyle I’m seeking.

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