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Flattery - Gabbing

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
Approve not of him who commends all you say. [1735]Yes manned?
Mess planned.
A Plowman on his Legs is higher than a Gentleman on his Knees. [1746]Executive stars
Once … lit … chiefs’ cigars.
Friend & Enemies
The wise Man draws more Advantage from his Enemies, than the Fool from his Friends. [1749]Get beat at chess?
Learn … foe’s finesse.
Wouldst thou confound thine Enemy, be good thyself. [1750]Need crafty snare?
… Try playing fair.
A Brother may not be a
Friend, but a Friend will
always be a Brother. [1752]
Your sibling's your friend?
The gene's dividend!
Friendship cannot live with Ceremony, nor without Civility. [1754]Much scratch or polish
Friendships demolish.
A false Friend and a Shadow, attend only while the Sun shines. [1756]A weatherwise friend
Will stick -- to the wind.
When Knaves betray each other, one can scarce be blamed, or the other pitied. [1758]Both snitch -
Can't bitch.
Gabbing & Silence
Silence is not always a
Sign of Wisdom, but
Babbling is ever Mark of a
Folly. [1758]
Keep dumb -- ride it out...
Babble on - leave no doubt.
Silence: Speak not but what
may benefit others or
your self. Avoid trifling
conversation. [Virtue 2]
No use heard?
Mute that word!

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