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Wise Guys - Wishes

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
Wise Guys
There's many witty men
whose brains can't fill
their bellies. [1735]
Bubble - not much trusted,
Brilliant - is now busted.
The cunning man steals a horse, the wise man leaves him alone. [1735]Judged crafty?
… Jail’s drafty.
Many would live by their
Wits, but break for want
of Stock. [1750]
Lived by wit -
Out of it?
Wouldst though confound thine Enemy, be good thyself. [1750]For crafty snare
… Play your game fair.
Cunning proceeds from
Want of Capacity. [1751]
Those unable
Tilt the table.
Hope and a Red-Rag, are Baits for Men and Mackrel. [1742]Hyped-up hope:
Legal dope.
If Man could have Half his
Wishes, he would double his
Troubles. [1752]
Gasping fish
Caught last wish.
Cut the Wings of your Hens and Hopes, lest they lead you a weary Dance after them. [1754]Rosy glasses
Crack in crashes.

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