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Nostalgia - Passion

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
The Golden Age never was
the present Age. [1750]
The Age of Gold?
Always of old.
Order: Let all your things
have their places. Let each
part of your business have its
time. [Virtue 3]
Keep, as prison warder,
Time and place in order.
Passion & Reason
see also SELF-COMMAND.
Nick’s passions grow fat and hearty; his Understanding looks consumptive! [1741]Urges flush
Judgment’s blush.
Hear Reason -- or she'll make
you feel her. [1744]
Sense ignored?
Senses gored.
If Passion drives,
let Reason hold the Reins. [1749]
You're fueled by zeal?
Sense, mind the wheel!
He is a Governor that governs his Passions, and he a Servant that serves them. [1750]Quizlings to craves -
Rulers or slaves?

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