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Pleasures - Pride

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
Fly Pleasures, and they'll
follow you. [1738]
Run from fun,
Be outrun.
Many a Man thinks he is
buying Pleasure, when he is really selling himself a
Slave to it. [1750]
When pleasure has a price,
Then you're the merchandise.
The Eye of the Master, will do more Work than his Hand. [1744]Artists’ fame lingers
(All in their fingers?)
For want of a Nail the Shoe is lost; for want of a Shoe, the Horse is lost; for want of a Horse the Rider is lost. [1752]One loose socket
Downs the rocket.
Pride & Humility
see also FLATTERY.
If Pride leads the Van, Beggary brings up the Rear. [1735]Nose high,
Feet fly.
If thou hast wit & learning, add to it Wisdom and Modesty [1738]Endowed
Branch bowed.
As Pride increases,
Fortune declines. [1744]
Ego feeds
On luck's seeds.
Declaiming against Pride
is not always a Sign of
Humility. [1749]
"Down with elites!
(Quick, grab their seats.)"
A Cypher and Humility make the other Figures & Virtues of ten-fold Value. [1750]Add modesty or zero?
Ten times the sum or hero.
Great merit is coy, as well as great Pride. [1752]Big heads bowed -
For the crowd.
Humility: Imitate Jesus
and Socrates. [Virtue 13]
When all our peacock
glories please us,
Let's preen at Socrates and Jesus.

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