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Judgement - Lawyers

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
Many complain of their
Memory, few of their
Judgment. [1745]
Most blame their recall;
Their sense? Not at all.
Great Good-nature, without Prudence, is a great Misfortune. [1749]Heart without head?
Tire without tread.
Justice & Comeuppance
see also BAD HABITS & REFORM (1).
Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed. [1756]Law’s seesaw
Flaws its … awe.
He that sows Thorns, should never go barefoot. [1756]Boomerang?
Can defang.
Rob not God, nor the Poor, lest thou ruin thyself; the Eagle snatcht a Coal from the Altar, but it fired her Nest. [1758]Workers in rattraps?
Fat cats have mishaps.
Justice: Wrong none by
doing injuries or omitting
the benefits that are your
duty. [Virtue 8]
"Mustn't" and "must"
Please keep me just.
A country man between two Lawyers, is like a fish
between two Cats. [1737]
Between two lawyers?
The blades of sawyers.

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