The Posthumous and Other Writings of Benjamin Franklin ...

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H. Colburn, 1819 - American literature
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Page 13 - stars, fix'd in their orb that flies ! And ye five other wand'ring fires that move In mystic dance, not without song, resound His praise, that out of darkness call'd up light. Air! and ye elements! the eldest birth Of nature's womb, that in quaternions run Perpetual circle, multiform, and mix'd, And nourish all things, let
Page 13 - waters glide ! and ye that walk The earth ! and stately tread ■; or lowly creep; Witness if I be silent, ev'n or morn, To hill or valley, fountain or fresh shade, Made vocal by my song, and taught his praise. [Here follows the reading of some book, or part of a book, discoursing on and exciting to moral virtue.]
Page 120 - if thou meanest to gain leisure ; and since thou art not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour. Leisure is time for doing something useful; this leisure the diligent man will obtain, but the lazy man never; for, A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two
Page 253 - had given four times as much for it as it was worth; put me in mind what good things I might have bought with the rest of the money; and laughed at me so much for my folly, that I cried with vexation ; and the reflection gave me more chagrin than the
Page 118 - that is the stuff" life is made of, as Poor Richard says. How much more than is necessary do we spend in sleep! forgetting, that The sleeping fox catches no poultry, and that there will be sleeping enough in the grave, as Poor Richard says. " If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time
Page 124 - for the poor to ape the rich, as for the frog to swell in order to equal the ox. Vessels large may venture more, But little boats should keep near shore. It is, however, a folly soon punished ; for, as Poor Richard says, Pride that dines on vanity, sups
Page 12 - With thy bright circlet; praise him in thy sphere While day arises, that sweet hour of prime. Thou sun, of this great world both eye and soul, Acknowledge him thy greater, sound his praise Iu thy eternal course ! both when thou climb'st,
Page 124 - a great deal more saucy. When you have bought one fine thing, you must buy ten more, that your appearance may be all of a piece ; but Poor Dick says, It is easier to suppress the first desire, than to satisfy all that follow it. And it is as truly
Page 110 - by his labor, and goes abroad, or sits idle one half of that day, though he spends but sixpence during his diversion or idleness, ought not to reckon that the only expense; he has really spent, or rather thrown away, five shillings besides. Remember, that credit is money. If a man lets his money lie
Page 127 - had at first determined to buy stuff for a new coat, I went away resolved to wear my old one a little longer. Reader, if thou wilt do the same, thy profit will be as great as mine. I am, as ever, thine to serve thee, Richard Saunders.

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