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Always an up-to-date mentor, Franklin’s insights fit right into the soundbites you see here. But why stop here? For a Niagara of wit and understanding in the wonderful words from Ben's own works, get to a search engine and try: Franklin + “Poor Richard.” You might add “1758” -- or just click here. The 1758 preface features some favorite sayings. ( Oh, parents, those "Poor Richard's" websites can get raucous.)
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What's Ben What's Verse
Faith & Skepticism
see also WISE GUYS.
Admiration is the Daughter of Ignorance. [1736]"Awesome!" comes out
Gullible's spout.
In the Affairs of this World Men are saved, not by Faith, but by the Want of it. [1754]Heaven takes lambs,
So do most scams.
The Way to see by Faith is
to shut the Eye of Reason:
The Morning Daylight appears
plainer when you put out your
Candle. [1758]
Is skepticism
Your only prism?
Faith & Work
Work as if you were to live
100 Years, Pray as if you
were to die To-morrow. [1757]
Work like you'll need to forever,
Pray like tomorrow is never.
Faith When Challenged
Talking against Religion is
unchaining a Tyger; The
Beast let loose may worry
his Deliverer. [1751]
Insult a creed --
invite a beast,
Forget the grace --
guess who's the feast?

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