Ben and Verse

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Ben & Verse
(Is Ben Franklin Cursed? His Prose Has Been Versed)
by
John D. McCall

These are Franklin's sayings in prose from "Poor Richard's Almanac." I have rhymed them for children (who often like and sometimes remember jingles) and for anybody who thinks comparing proverbs is fun. And I’m still adding jingles to my website at www.benandverse.com.

 

JUST A SAMPLE OF BEN AND VERSE
Always an up-to-date mentor, Franklin’s insights fit right into the rhyming sound bites below. Here’s a sample from the first issue of “Ben & Verse”, beginning, alphabetically enough, with “Advice.”

What's Ben

What's Verse

ADVICE

He that won’t be councell’d, can’t be help’d. [1747]

Fools need Advice most, but wise Men only are the better for it. [1758]

Your head’s not sized
To be advised.

After the huddle,
Still in a muddle?


This e-book covers all 38 issues of the monthly www.benandverse.com series. To see them, arranged under subjects, click “4. Ben and Verse” (below). There are even indexes, if anybody actually wants to get grim about these jingles.




Now you can search our entire site for a specific topic in the box below!


genReturnLink(); Introduction to Ben and Verse

What a world this would be if we could listen to Ben!

And, clearly, Franklin’s own inimitable words are the ideal source. His wisdom and wit selected or fashioned and transmitted enduring sayings. So why this eBook? To serve Franklin up in a new way to people who would not otherwise get acquainted with him.

Some visitors might not be content with reading Franklin. Grade school class members already have been “translating” Ben – with delightful results, typically in lively prose.

I have referred visitors to “Poor Richard” via search engine instead of instead of noting prominently a specific website. I did that since any website might some day disappear while this eBook was chugging away on automatic pilot. Even so, a page of "Links" is included, along with a method of keeping up with the new websites as they come up over the years.

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CREDITS
I have had a great deal of help getting to this eBook. I would like to thank at least some who have helped me, in addition to my wife
Marjorie, who has stood by me through countless versions of the text, with insight and discernment.


Friends

I would like to thank all the friends who have helped me during the many revisions of my work. I do know who has helped me most: Professor Morton Y. Jacobs. He has gone through those versions with me. And kept making them better. Polly Gordon shared her admirable strategic gifts on this project as she has on so many others. I also want to credit the expertise and encouragement of Dorothy Poehlman, now deceased, and Neil Tillman. Another friend – and good writer – Carol Manka helped me with a closely related project.

Artists
I thank the artist Rayner Burrows for creating the graphics. His wife Helaine also made helpful suggestions.

Scholars
Leading Franklin scholars were kind enough to help the project. Leo Lemay rescued it from copyright entanglements.
Paul Zall shared his experience. Jim Giblin encouraged the project. So did Ned Sherrin, the British humorist. Without my poetry professor, Shirley Cochrane, there might not have been a project. Without the others, it might not have got this far.

Web Designer
I want to thank Paul Stephens for designing the site. This involved INFINITE patience with my low-tech mind.

 


John McCall
2007




genReturnLink(); About Ben Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, and much more besides. A writer, publisher, scientist, politician, philosopher, diplomat and educationalist, he was a true Renaissance Man, in an era when such a wide range of talents and interests could all be put to practical use.

 

Ben was born in Boston, but made his home in Philadelphia, as well as spending periods in London and Paris. In his long career he ran a printing works and newspaper, founded what later became the University of Pennsylvania, reformed the colonial postal service and opened America's first public library.

He conducted extensive research into electricity, including the famous 1752 experiment in which he attached a metal key to a child's kite, then flew it into a thunderstorm to prove that lightning was an electrical discharge. He invented the lightning rod, as well as, among other things, the bifocal spectacle lens and the high-efficiency Franklin stove.

As a politician and diplomat Ben represented the American colonies in France and Britain, negotiating treaties of alliance with the former, and peace with the latter. At home, he helped to draft the Declaration of Independence (which he signed) and was later involved in the drafting of the American Constitution. His last public office, at the age of 81, was that of President of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery.

Throughout his life, Ben Franklin remained a prolific moral philosopher, and today is still often referred to as our "wisest American". Between 1732 and 1758 he published Poor Richard: An Almanac, an annual collection of wit, wisdom and information from which many of the quotations in this eBook are taken.

Paul Stephens






genReturnLink(); Section Index
The section names shown here reflect the individual pages of Ben and Verse's original web version at www.benandverse.com. The groupings are fairly arbitrary, but you may find them a useful way of finding areas of interest.

For a detailed, topic-by-topic index, see the Alphabetical Topic Index.

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Advice - AncestryAnger-Anti-SocialBad HabitsBragging & Discretion
Budgeting - CivilityConscience - DeathDebt - DietDirt - Doctors
Education - FaithFaith - FaithFaking & SincerityFlattery - Gabbing
Giving - GratitudeGreed - GripingHealth - HistoryJudgment - Lawyers
Laziness - LeadershipLearning - Love's CuresLuck & SweatMarriage
Maturing - MemoryModeration - NonsenseNostalgia - PassionPatience - Planning
Pleasures - PridePrivacy - ProcrastinationPromises - RevengeSatire - Self-Deception
Self-DestructionSelf-InterestSerenity & DiscontentSleep
Stinginess - SuccessTemperance - TimeUnderrating - ViceVirtue & Corruption
Visiting - Warning SignsWise Guys - Wishes





genReturnLink(); Ben and Verse
Always an up-to-date mentor, Franklin’s insights fit right into the sound bites 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.)

What's Ben

What's Verse

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ADVICE

He that won’t be councell’d, can’t be help’d. [1747]

Fools need Advice most, but wise Men only are the better for it. [1758]

Your head’s not sized
To be advised.

After the huddle,
Still in a muddle?

ALCOHOL

He that drinks fast, pays
slow. [1733]
Biggest thirst
Won't treat first.
ALIBIS
It's common for Men to give 6 pretended Reasons instead of one real one. [1745] Ever ask, "Why?"
It's alibi.

ANCESTRY

All blood is alike
ancient. [1745]
Blood's "blue"?
None's new.
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ANGER & HATE

Anger and Folly walk cheek-by-jole; Repentance treads on both their Heels. [1741]

Anger is never without a
Reason, but seldom with a
good One. [1753]

Those who are fear'd, are
hated. [1744]

Paired by Cupid,
Hate kissed Stupid.


Reason for rage?
Stuff it with sage.


Hate snares
What scares.

ANTI-SOCIAL TYPES

Half-Hospitality opens his
Doors and shuts up his
Countenance. [1746]

He is not well bred, that
cannot bear Ill-Breeding
in others. [1748]

Snob's warm invitation --
To refrigeration.


Crude Dude
Snubs Rude.
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BAD HABITS & REFORM (1)

The Wise and Brave dares own that he was wrong. [1751]

The Wolf sheds his Coat once a Year, his Disposition never. [1755]

In a corrupt Age, the putting the World in order would breed Confusion, then e'en mind your own Business. [1758]

Brave Tarzan’s confessing
(To ape-like regressing).

Each temperament:
Clay - in cement.


China's thin,
Don't butt in.

 

BAD HABITS & REFORM (2)

To err is human, to repent
divine, to persist devilish.
[1742]

How few there are who have
courage enough to own their
Faults, or resolution enough
to mend them! [1743]

Adam resists?
Snake finds new twists.


Fault -- to own,
Then disown.

 

BAD HABITS & REFORM (3)

'Tis easier to prevent bad
habits than to break them.
[1745]

Who is strong? He that can
conquer his bad Habits. [1744]

Be at War with your Vices,
at Peace with your
Neighbours, and let every
New-Year find you a better
Man. [1755]

You would seed
Habit's weed?


Strength -- it undergoes
Habit's undertows.

Year's ending --
You mending?

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BRAGGING & DISCRETION

Here comes Courage! that seiz'd the lion absent, and run away from the present mouse. [1736]

He's a Fool that cannot conceal his own Wisdom. [1745]

Proclaim not all thou
knowest, all thou owest,
all thou hast, nor all thou
can'st. [1739]

The Tongue offends, and the
Ears get the Cuffing. [1757]

Brave outstares
Absent bears.

Twit shows
Twit knows.

Bird brains crow
All they know.



Mouth brays,
Ass pays.

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BUDGETING

There is much money given to be laught at, though the purchasers don’t know it; witness A’s fine horse, & B’s fine house. [1737]

‘Tis easier to build two Chimneys, than maintain one in Fuel. [1757]

At a great Pennyworth, pause a while. [1739]

Buy what thou has no need of; and e'er long thou shalt sell thy
necessaries. [1738]

Patience in Market, is worth Pounds in a Year. [1753]

Beware of little Expenses: a
small Leak will sink a great
Ship. [1745]

Frugality: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself, i.e., waste nothing. [Virtue 5]

If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the Philosopher’s-Stone. [1736]

“Big sticker”
Earns snicker.

Gizmo’s free,
But battery …


Steep price?
Brake … twice!

Bought spread,
Begs bread.

Hot sale fool!
Shop when cool.

Don't waste nickels,
Life's blood trickles.


Feed life's need,
Not waste's greed

A financial Plato
Should accumulate dough.

CIVILITY

If you have no Honey in your Pot, have some in your Mouth. [1753]

If you'd be loved, make yourself amiable. [1744]

Tart Words make no Friends:
a spoonful of honey will
catch more flies than a
Gallon of Vinegar. [1744]

With shoulder chip,
You’re scanning … zip.


To be liked,
Go unspiked.

Sweet and warm
Brings a swarm.

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CONSCIENCE & FUN

Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to gain leisure. [1740]

Let no Pleasure tempt thee,
no Profit allure thee, no
Ambition corrupt thee, no
Example sway thee, no
Persuasion move thee, to do
anything which thou knowest
to be Evil; So shalt thou
always live jollily; for a
good Conscience is a
continual Christmas. [1741]

Grind … all done;
Perked up fun.

When e-mail shows scruples,
Attachment quadruples.

CONTRACTORS

He that pays for Work
before it's done, has but
a pennyworth for twopence.
[1739]

Work - but no money - due?
Jerk, your contract's on you.

DEATH & IMMORTALITY

Fear not Death; for the
sooner we die, the longer
shall we be immortal. [1740]
The sooner we're under,
The sooner the Wonder.
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DEBT & CREDIT

The second Vice is Lying; the first is Running in Debt. [1748]

Creditors have better
memories than debtors. [1736]

Industry pays Debts,
Despair encreases them.
[1742]

Lend Money to an Enemy,
and thou'lt gain him; to
a Friend, and thou'lt lose
him. [1740]

Rather go to bed supperless,
than run in debt for a
Breakfast. [1739]

He’s gone, and forgot nothing but to say “Farewell” to his creditors. [1733]

Subjectively edit
Accusative credit?

One's debts in cash?
Memory crash.

Does cold sweat
Pay your debt?


Swap friend for foe,
Lend either dough.



You're lobster-fed -
And in the red.

Lend to Lout?
Cash -- runs out.

DIET

Eat few Suppers, and you'll need few Medicines. [1742]

I saw few die of Hunger;
of Eating -- 100,000. [1736]

He that never eats too much will never be lazy. [1756]

Gut fills?
Need pills.

More Yanks die of carving
And stuffing than starving.

Overeat? Sticks to seat.

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DIRT

Cleanliness: Tolerate no
uncleanness in body, clothes, or habitation. [Virtue 10]

Clean toe to shirt --
Treat dirt like dirt.

DOCTORS

God heals, and the doctor
takes the Fees. [1736]

He's a Fool that makes his
Doctor his Heir. [1733]

God corrects,
Doc collects.

Doc's your heir?...
You still there?
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EDUCATION

Genius without Education is
like Silver in the Mine. [1750]

The ancients tell us what is best; but we must learn of the moderns what is fittest. [1738]

Proud Modern Learning despises the antient: School-men are now laughed at by School-boys. [1758]

Mind untaught?
Unmined thought.

From ancients, the Rays,
From moderns, the ways.

New revision-ism:
Collision - then schism.

FAITH & POSSESSIONS

How many observe Christ’s Birth-day! How few, his Precepts! O! ‘tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments. [1743]

If your Riches are yours,
why don't you take them
with you to t'other World?
[1751]

If worldly Goods cannot save me from Death, they ought not to hinder me of eternal life. [1751]

Set up evergreen joys
Above breakable toys.

 

All's mine in perpetuity
(Morgue, forward my annuity).

Wired home’s modernity Secures eternity?

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FAITH & SKEPTICISM
Admiration is the Daughter of Ignorance. [1736]

In the Affairs of this World Men are saved, not by Faith, but by the Want of it. [1754]

The Way to see by Faith is
to shut the Eye of Reason:
The Morning Daylight appears
plainer when you put out your
Candle. [1758]

"Awesome!" comes out
Gullible's spout.

Heaven takes lambs,
So do most scams.


Is skepticism
Your only prism?

 

FAITH & WORK

Work as if you were to live
100 Years, Pray as if you
were to die To-morrow. [1757]

Work like you'll need to forever,
Pray like tomorrow is never.

FAITH WHEN CHALLENGED

Talking against Religion is
unchaining a Tyger; The
Beast let loose may worry
his Deliverer. [1751]

 

Insult a creed --
invite a beast,
Forget the grace --
guess who's the feast?
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FAKING & SINCERITY

What you would seem to be, be really. [1744]

Craft must be at charge for
clothes -- but Truth can go
naked. [1747]

Don't judge of Men's Wealth,
or Piety, by their Sunday
Appearances. [1751]

Mankind are very odd
Creatures:
One Half censure what they
practise, the other half
practise what they censure;
the rest always say and do
as they ought. [1752]

A man is never so ridiculous by those Qualities that are his own than those he affects to have. [1735]

Sincerity: Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly;
and, if you speak, speak
accordingly. [Virtue 7]

Better be,
What eyes see.

Truth sleeps nude,
Fake's a prude.


Never measure pious views
With a census of the pews.


Who would do
What they boo?
No, not you.

 

 

“Put on” frilly?
Turn off, silly.


Delete mean lies:
From thoughts, words, sighs.


genReturnLink();Flattery - Gabbing

 

FLATTERY
A Plowman on his Legs is higher than a Gentleman on his Knees. [1746]

Approve not of him who commends all you say. [1735]

Executive stars
Once … lit … chiefs’ cigars.


Yes manned?
Mess planned.

FRIENDS & ENEMIES

The wise Man draws more Advantage from his Enemies, than the Fool from his Friends. [1749]

Wouldst thou confound thine Enemy, be good thyself. [1750]

Friendship cannot live with Ceremony, nor without Civility. [1754]

A false Friend and a Shadow, attend only while the Sun shines. [1756]

When Knaves betray each other, one can scarce be blamed, or the other pitied. [1758]

A Brother may not be a
Friend, but a Friend will
always be a Brother. [1752]

Get beat at chess?
Learn … foe’s finesse.

 

Need crafty snare?
… Try playing fair.

Much scratch or polish
Friendships demolish.


A weatherwise friend
Will stick -- to the wind.

Both snitch -
Can't bitch.


Your sibling's your friend?
The gene's dividend!

GABBING & SILENCE

Silence: Speak not but what
may benefit others or
your self. Avoid trifling
conversation. [Virtue 2]

Silence is not always a
Sign of Wisdom, but
Babbling is ever Mark of a
Folly. [1758]

No use heard?
Mute that word!



Keep dumb -- ride it out...
Babble on - leave no doubt.



genReturnLink();Giving - Gratitude

 

GIVING
Liberality is not giving much but giving wisely. [1748]

Gifts much expected are paid, not given. [1753]

The old Man has given all to his Son: Oh fool! To undress thy self before going to bed. [1733]

You donate?
Watch which plate.

Giftlist obeyed?
Given - or paid?

Give like Lear?
Crowned with sneer.

GOSSIP & REPUTATION

There have been as great Souls unknown to fame as any of the most famous. [1734]

The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse. [1736]

An ill Wound, but not an ill Name, may be healed. [1753]

Do not do that which you
would not have known. [1736]

Glass, China, and Reputa-
tion, are easily crack'd,
and never well mended. [1750]

Hear no ill of a Friend,
nor speak any of an Enemy.
[1739]

Since I cannot govern my own teeth, how can I hope to govern the tongues of others? [1738]

It is wise not to seek a Secret, and Honest not to reveal it. [1747]

Spotless lives!
(Blank archives.)


Absent accused,
Present excused.

Your name skewered?
Can't be cured.

Before getting sordid,
Pretend it's recorded.

Gossip's nasty crack --
Who can glue it back?


Don't smear
My ear.

“Don’t you let slide
What I can’t hide.”

Secrets you’ve spied …
File “Classified”!

GRATITUDE

Most People return small
Favours, acknowledge
middling ones, and repay
great ones with Ingratitude.
[1751]
Give with great latitude?
Freeze from ingratitude.
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GREED & POVERTY

Poverty wants some things,
Luxury many things, Avarice
all things. [1735]

Avarice and Happiness never saw each other, how then shou’d they become acquainted. [1734]

Want's wants are small,
Hog wants it all.

Joy sniffs greed?
Won’t crossbreed.

GRIEVANCES

The Sting of a Reproach --
is the Truth of it. [1746]
Red face
(Closed case).

GRIPING

Let thy discontents be thy
Secrets;
-- if the world knows them
'twill despise thee and
increase them. [1741]

The worst wheel of the
cart makes the most noise.
[1737]

To serve the Publick faithfully, and at the same time please it entirely, is impracticable. [1758]

Phone, moan...
Dial tone.




Twisted wheel
Burns to squeal.

Socrates
Didn’t please.

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HEALTH

If thou wouldst live long, live well; for Folly and Wickness shorten Life. [1739]

We are not so sensible of the greatest Health as of the least Sickness. [1747]

Moral ambiguity
Shortens the annuity.

Rosy health
Blooms in stealth.

HERBS

Much Virtue in Herbs, little in Men. [1755]
Trust herbs,
Not blurbs.

HISTORY

Neither praise nor dispraise, till seven Christmasses be over. [1740]

Historians relate, not so much what is done, as what they would have believed. [1739]

Happy that nation, fortunate that age, when history is not diverting. [1740]

Grade op-ed page
That’s … grade-school age.

Historians sway
The battles their way.


"Interesting times"
Tick off the enzymes.

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JUDGMENT

Great Good-nature, without Prudence, is a great Misfortune. [1749]

Many complain of their
Memory, few of their
Judgment. [1745]

Heart without head?
Tire without tread.


Most blame their recall;
Their sense? Not at all.

JUSTICE & COMEUPPANCE

Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed. [1756]

He that sows Thorns, should never go barefoot. [1756]

Rob not God, nor the Poor, lest thou ruin thyself; the Eagle snatcht a Coal from the Altar, but it fired her Nest. [1758]

Justice: Wrong none by
doing injuries or omitting
the benefits that are your
duty. [Virtue 8]

Law’s seesaw
Flaws its … awe.


Boomerang?
Can defang.

Workers in rattraps?
Fat cats have mishaps.

 

"Mustn't" and "must"
Please keep me just.


LAWYERS

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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LAZINESS & LABOR

Idleness is the greatest Prodigality. [1745]

Diligence overcomes Difficulties, Sloth makes them. [1755]

Be always asham'd to catch
thy self idle. [1741]

Industry: Lose no time. --
Be always employed in
something useful. -- Cut off
all unnecessary actions.
[Virtue 6]

Sloth (like Rust) consumes
faster than Labour wears:
the used Key is always
bright. [1744]

The poor man must walk to get meat for his stomach, rich man to get a stomach to his meat. [1735]

There are lazy Minds as well as lazy Bodies. [1751]

Watched … clock
In … hock.

Drones?
Moans.

Refuse
Life's snooze.

Time's for use,
Work's its sluice.




Used key:
Rust free.

Labor’s grim?
Who needs gym?

Mental P.T.
Cures atrophy.

LEADERSHIP

He that cannot obey, cannot
command. [1734]
Won't heed?
Can't lead.
genReturnLink();Learning - Love's Cures

 

LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE

He that best understands the World, least likes it. [1753]

He that lives well, is learned enough. [1736]

The Things which hurt,
instruct. [1744]

Wise Men learn by others'
harms, Fools by their own.
[1749]

Observe all men, thy self most. [1740]

Sage’s light
Presumes … night.

The best degree?
Life's Chemistry.

Thumb burned,
Hand learned.

Another's nicked?
From that predict.

Find clue
To … you.

LOVE'S CURES

Love and Tooth-ache have
many Cures, but none
infallible -- except
Possession and Dispossession.
[1751]
Cure love or tooth-ache:
Just keep or forsake.
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LUCK
None know the unfortunate, and the fortunate do not know themselves. [1747] Good fortune's wheel
Makes no loud squeal.

LUCK & SWEAT

Diligence is the Mother of
Good-Luck. [1736]

He that waits upon Fortune,
is never sure of a Dinner.
[1734]

Industry, Perseverance, &
Frugality, make Fortune
yield. [1744]
"Why 'luck'? Explain."
"Through labor's pain."

Hang on luck?
Hanged when stuck.


For luck's fizz,
Stick to biz.
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MARRIAGE

A Man without a Wife, is but half a Man. [1755]

Keep your eyes wide open
before marriage,
half shut afterwards. [1738]

Marry above thy match, and
thou'lt get a Master. [1740]

Where there's Marriage without Love, there will be Love without Marriage. [1734]
No wife?
Half life.

Eyes open? Propose,
Now married? Half close.


Marry money?
Boss named "Honey."

Coolly wed,
Finds new bed.
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MATURING

At 20 years of age the Will reigns; at 30 the Wit; at 40
the Judgment. [1741]
Youth's grit
Gets wit,
With age
Grows sage.
MEMORY
Ill Customs & bad Advice
are seldom forgotten. [1742]
Memory hugs
Data with bugs.
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MODERATION & EXCESS

Nothing brings more pain
than too much pleasure;
nothing more bondage than
too much liberty, (or
libertinism). [1738]

Moderation: Avoid extremes.
Forbear resenting injuries so
much as you think they deserve. [Virtue 9]

Ringing too free
Cracks liberty.

 


Gauged extreme?
Lower steam.

NONSENSE

Clearly spoken, Mr. Fog! You explain English by Greek. [1741]

The learned Fool writes his
Nonsense in better Language
than the unlearned; but
still 'tis Nonsense. [1754]

Great wits jump (says the Poet) and hit his Head against the post. [1735]

Dr. Smog’s “explanation”
(In polluted translation).

Such eloquence!
(Should it make sense?)

Conclusions leap?
Contusions heap.

genReturnLink();Nostalgia - Passion

 

NOSTALGIA

The Golden Age never was
the present Age. [1750]
The Age of Gold?
Always of old.

ORDER

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

Nick’s passions grow fat and hearty; his Understanding looks consumptive! [1741]

He is a Governor that governs his Passions, and he a Servant that serves them. [1750]

Hear Reason -- or she'll make
you feel her. [1744]

If Passion drives,
let Reason hold the Reins. [1749]

Urges flush
Judgment’s blush.


Quizlings to craves -
Rulers or slaves?

Sense ignored?
Senses gored.

You're fueled by zeal?
Sense, mind the wheel!

genReturnLink();Patience - Planning

 

PATIENCE

What signifies your Patience, if you can’t find it when you want it? [1747]

He that can have Patience,
can have what he will. [1736]

You can bear your own
Faults, and why not a Fault
in your Wife? [1750]

Patience’ rays are steady
But not … ever-ready.


Hook...a bright...fate:
Bait…and then … wait.

Bear your own burrs?
Bear his or hers.

PLANNING & DECIDING

When ‘tis fair be sure take your Great coat with you. [1734]

Take counsel in wine, but
resolve afterwards in water.
[1733]

Don’t plan to cavort
On a weather report.

Plan when high,
Sign when dry.

genReturnLink();Pleasures - Pride

 

PLEASURES

Fly Pleasures, and they'll
follow you. [1738]

Many a Man thinks he is
buying Pleasure, when he is really selling himself a
Slave to it. [1750]
Run from fun,
Be outrun.

When pleasure has a price,
Then you're the merchandise.
PREPARATION
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]

The Eye of the Master, will do more Work than his Hand. [1744]

One loose socket
Downs the rocket.

Artists’ fame lingers
(All in their fingers?)

PRIDE & HUMILITY

A Cypher and Humility make the other Figures & Virtues of ten-fold Value. [1750]

If Pride leads the Van, Beggary brings up the Rear. [1735]

Great merit is coy, as well as great Pride. [1752]

As Pride increases,
Fortune declines. [1744]

Declaiming against Pride
is not always a Sign of
Humility. [1749]

Humility: Imitate Jesus
and Socrates. [Virtue 13]

Add modesty or zero?
Ten times the sum or hero.


Nose high,
Feet fly.

Big heads bowed -
For the crowd.

Ego feeds
On luck's seeds.

"Down with elites!
(Quick, grab their seats.)"


When all our peacock
glories please us,
Let's preen at Socrates and Jesus.

genReturnLink();Privacy - Procrastination

 

PRIVACY

Nor Eye in a letter, nor Hand in a purse, nor Ear in the secret of another. [1736]

Let all Men know thee, but no man know thee thoroughly: Men freely ford that see the shallows. [1743]

Love your Neighbour; yet
don't pull down your Hedge.
[1754]

Hi-tech … clicking hackers --
Just mousy safecrackers.


You’re “open wide”?
Your secrets … pried.

 

Care for all -
And your wall.

PROCRASTINATION

Have you somewhat to do
to-morrow, do it to-day.
[1742]

He that resolves to mend
hereafter, resolves not
to mend now. [1745]

You may delay -- but Time
will not. [1758]
Do tomorrow's chore
Today or before.


"Soon, I will,"
Means "not until."


"Snail, slow
Time's flow!"
genReturnLink();Promises - Revenge

 

PROMISES & PERFORMANCE

The proof of gold is fire, the proof of woman, gold; the proof of man, woman. [1733]

Mad Kings and mad Bulls, are not be held by treaties & packthread. [1746]

Saying and Doing, have quarrel'd and parted. [1756]

Promises may get thee
Friends, but Non-
performance will turn them
into Enemies. [1740]

Resolution: Resolve to
perform what you ought.
Perform without fail what
you resolve. [Virtue 4]

Testing (by marriage)
Your … undercarriage?


Treaty whitlers -
Little Hitlers.


Tongue fixes,
Fist nixes.

Swear to and don't do?
Ex-friends swear at you.



Duty's resolve
Must not disolve.

RESOLUTION

The nearest way to come at glory, is to do that for conscience which we do for glory. [1737]

Valley Forge story:
Not just for glory.

 

REVENGE & FORGIVENESS

'Tis more noble to forgive,
and more manly to despise,
than to revenge an Injury. [1752]
The silly brat
Yells, "Tit for tat!"
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SATIRE

Strange! that a Man who has
wit enough to write a Satyr --
should have folly enough to
publish it. [1742]
Satire's cute
In libel suit.

SELF-COMMAND

Caesar did not merit the
triumphal Car more than he
that conquers himself. [1738]
Won Psyche's war?
Here's Caesar's car.

SELF-DECEPTION

Most Fools think they are only ignorant. [1748]

It's the easiest Thing in the World for a Man to deceive himself. [1746]

Who has deceiv'd thee so
oft as thy self? [1738]

Happy Tom Crump, ne’er see his own Hump. [1758]

“If I’d known…”
(Sad … Clown’s … groan.)

Fool's Paradise?
No entrance price.


Bait and snap,
I'm my trap.

Want perfection?
Smash reflection.

genReturnLink();Self-Destruction

 

SELF-DESTRUCTION

Is there anything Men take
more pains about than to
render themselves unhappy? [1738]

Nine men in ten are
suicides. [1749]

They who have nothing to
be troubled at, will be
troubled at nothing. [1741]
Girls and boys
Un-wing their joys.



Most knife
Their life.

Why father
Your bother?
genReturnLink();Self-Interest

 

SELF-INTEREST & VIEWPOINT

To bear other Peoples Afflictions, every one has Courage enough, and to spare. [1740]

Bargaining has neither friends nor relations. [1736]

Pray don't burn my House to roast your Eggs. [1751]

The Horse thinks one thing,
and he that saddles him
another. [1754]

Would you persuade, speak
of Interest, not of Reason.
[1734]

“Shared your ache --
Pass more cake.”


Family feeling …
Orphaned when dealing.

Peter is roast -
So Paul eats toast.

Jockey and steed --
Always agreed?


Reason? Who cares?
Show 'em their shares!

genReturnLink();Serenity & Discontent

 

SERENITY & DISCONTENT

Content is the Philosopher's Stone, that turns all it touches into Gold. [1758]

Nothing dries sooner than a Tear. [1757]

Sorrow is good for nothing but sin. [1750]

A Change of Fortune hurts
a wise Man no more than a
Change of the Moon. [1756]

The discontented Man finds
no easy Chair. [1753]

Who is rich? He that
rejoices in his Portion. [1744]

Content makes poor men rich; Discontent makes rich men poor. [1749]

Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents
common or unavoidable.
[Virtue 11]

Prone to purr?
Fears no cur.


Lips frown -
Then clown.

Vice domineers -
Its henchmen, your tears.

Picture all you fear and hope
As a toy kaleidoscope.


Inner storm?
No nest's warm.

Grateful?
Plateful.

Dour?
Poor.


What? To rifles
Over trifles?

genReturnLink();Sleep

 

SLEEP

He that riseth late, must
trot all day, and shall
scarce overtake his business at night. [1742]

The sleeping Fox catches no
poultry. Up! Up! [1743]

Up, Sluggard, and waste not
life; in the grave will be
sleeping enough. [1741]
Wake up late?
Weighty freight.



The chicken's pox?
Not snoozing Fox.

Don't oversleep
Till six feet deep.
genReturnLink();Stinginess - Success

 

STINGINESS & SHARING

Meanness is the Parent of Insolence. [1752]

Mine is better than Ours. [1756]


Wish a miser long life,
and you wish him no good. [1738]

Scrooge’s tip?
Twist-ed lip.

Mine? Fine.
Ours? Sours.

"Long life to the miser!"
"Some favor," says Wiser.

STUBBORNNESS
You may sometimes be much in the wrong, in owning
your being in the right. [1754]
Right to fight
For "I'm right"?

STYLE

A Man without ceremony has need of great merit in its place. [1745]

How many mortifications must he suffer, that cannot bear any thing but beauty, order, elegance & perfection! Your man of taste, is nothing but a man of distaste. [1748]

Nice Eaters seldom meet with a good Dinner. [1751]

(With no court robe)
Judged well … the globe.


Life’s horse-laughed, … debased
(Through thoroughbred “taste”).



Finicky’s spouse
-- A lifelong grouse!

SUCCESS & RUIN

Success has ruin'd many a
Man. [1752]

Setting too good an Example is a Kind of Slander seldom forgiven. [1753]

Midas chokes
On gold jokes.

Example
Can trample.

genReturnLink();Temperance - Time

 

TEMPERANCE & INDULGENCE

Temperance: Eat not to dullness. Drink not to elevation. [Virtue 1]

Don't let liquor and suppers
Be your downers and uppers.

TIME

Time is an herb that cures
all Diseases. [1738]

Time's pills
Cure ills.

TIME WASTING

Ah simple Man! When a boy two precious jewels were given thee, Time, and good Advice; one thou has lost, and the other thrown away. [1743]

Dost thou love Life? Then
do not squander Time; for
that's the Stuff Life is
made of. [1746]

Prodigality of Time produces Poverty of Mind, as well as of Estate. [1758]

Time runs on jewels
With no renewals.

 


Killing time?
Deadly crime:
Time's your "I'm."


Time down the drain
Drags cash and brain.

genReturnLink();Underrating - Vice

 

UNDERRATING & OVERRATING

Children and Princes will quarrel for Trifles. [1752]

Praise to the undeserving, is severe Satyr. [1752]

An honest Man will receive neither Money nor Praise that is not his Due. [1756]

When the Well's dry, we
know the Worth of Water. [1746]

Nations, girls, and boys
Struggle over toys.

Medals not due?
Heavy on you.

Take shady laurels?
Against my morals.


No worth
Till dearth.

UPSTARTS

Sudden Pow'r is apt to be
insolent, Sudden Liberty
saucy; that behaves best
which has grown gradually. [1753]
Sudden gains?
Growing pains.

VICE

Virtue may not always make
a Face handsome, but Vice
will certainly make it ugly.
[1758]

What maintains one Vice
would bring up two Children.
[1747]
When Life's debased,
Face gets defaced.



The price of one vice,
Could raise a child - twice.
genReturnLink();Virtue & Corruption

 

VIRTUE & CORRUPTION

Keep thou from Opportunity, and God will keep thee from Sin [1744]

Hast thou virtue? Acquire also the graces & beauties of virtue. [1738]

Strive to be the greatest Man in your Country, and you may be
disappointed; Strive to be the best, and you may succeed: He may well win the race that
runs by himself. [1747]

Sell not virtue to purchase
wealth, nor Liberty to
purchase power. [1738]

Fear to do ill, and you
need fear nought else. [1740]

What more valuable than
Gold? Diamonds. Than
Diamonds? Virtue. [1751]

You may be more happy than Princes, if you will be more
virtuous. [1738]

Keep serpent next door?
(Says, “Eden’s a bore.”)


Ethics should shimmer,
Not boil or simmer.


Leave callused behind
In race to be kind.

 



Soul's invoice:
Had your choice.


Install an alarm
Against doing harm.

What out-golds gold?
A soul unsold.


Happier if blameless,
Than barons when shameless.

genReturnLink();Visiting - Warning Signs

 

VISITING

Ill Company is like a dog who dirts those most, that he loves most. [1743]

Friendship increases by
visiting Friends, but by
visiting seldom. [1751]

Visit your Aunt, but not
every Day; and call at
your Brother's, but not
every night. [1742]

Featherhead guest
(Nicely) fouls nest.


Visits rare?
Welcome there.


Come to stay -
Every day?

WARNING SIGNS

He that carries a small Crime easily, will carry it on when it comes to be an Ox. [1758]

Little Rogues easily become
great Ones. [1754]

Little illicit habits
Thrive like complicit rabbits.


Mean little Pig
Pigs out...gets big.

genReturnLink();Wise Guys - Wishes

 

WISE GUYS

Cunning proceeds from
Want of Capacity. [1751]

Many would live by their
Wits, but break for want
of Stock. [1750]

There's many witty men
whose brains can't fill
their bellies. [1735]

The cunning man steals a horse, the wise man leaves him alone. [1735]

Wouldst though confound thine Enemy, be good thyself. [1750]

Those unable
Tilt the table.

Lived by wit -
Out of it?


Bubble - not much trusted,
Brilliant - is now busted.

Judged crafty?
… Jail’s drafty.

For crafty snare
… Play your game fair.

WISHES

Hope and a Red-Rag, are Baits for Men and Mackrel. [1742]

Cut the Wings of your Hens and Hopes, lest they lead you a weary Dance
after them. [1754]

If Man could have Half his
Wishes, he would double his
Troubles. [1752]

Hyped-up hope:
Legal dope.

Rosy glasses
Crack in crashes.

 

Gasping fish
Caught last wish.




genReturnLink(); Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues

1. TEMPERANCE:
Eat not to dullness.
Drink not to elevation.
8. JUSTICE:
Wrong none by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
2. SILENCE:
Speak not but what may benefit others or your self. Avoid trifling conversation.
9. MODERATION:
Avoid extremes. Forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
3. ORDER:
Let all your things have their places.
Let each part of your business have its time.
10. CLEANLINESS:
Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes, or habitation.
4. RESOLUTION:
Resolve to perform what you ought.
Perform without fail what you resolve.
11. TRANQUILITY:
Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
5. FRUGALITY:
Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself, i.e., waste nothing.
12. CHASTITY
6. INDUSTRY:
Lose no time. -- Be always employed in something useful. -- Cut off all unnecessary actions.
13. HUMILITY:
Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
7. SINCERITY:
Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly.



genReturnLink(); Alphabetical Topic Index

A B C D E F G H I J K L M
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A
ADVICE see also PLANNING & DECIDING, WISE-GUYS and, for good advice, BEN'S 13 VIRTUES
ALCOHOL see also TEMPERANCE & INDULGENCE
ALIBIS
ANCESTRY
ANGER & HATE see also FAITH WHEN CHALLENGED
ANTI-SOCIAL TYPES see also CIVILITY

B
BACKFIRE see JUSTICE & COMEUPPANCE
BAD HABITS & REFORM see also PROCRASTINATION, VICE and WARNING SIGNS
BRAGGING & DISCRETION see also GABBING & SILENCE and PRIVACY
BUDGETING see also DEBT & CREDIT

C
CHASTITY see the twelfth of BEN'S 13 VIRTUES
CIVILITY see also ANTI-SOCIAL TYPES, FRIENDS & ENEMIES, STYLE and VISITING
CLEANLINESS see DIRT
COMEUPPANCE see JUSTICE
CONSCIENCE & FUN
CONTRACTORS
CORRUPTION see VIRTUE
CREDIT see DEBT

D
DEATH & IMMORTALITY see also FAITH & POSSESSIONS
DEBT & CREDIT see also CONTRACTORS and MEMORY
DECIDING see PLANNING
DIET see also TEMPERANCE & INDULGENCE
DIRT
DISCONTENT see SERENITY
DISCRETION see BRAGGING
DOCTORS

E
EDUCATION see also HISTORY, LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE and NONSENSE
ENEMIES see FRIENDS
EXCESS see MODERATION
EXPERIENCE see LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE

F
FAITH & POSSESSIONS
FAITH & SKEPTICISM see also WISE GUYS
FAITH & WORK
FAITH WHEN CHALLENGED
FAKING & SINCERITY see also BRAGGING & DISCRETION, FAITH & SKEPTICISM, PRIDE & HUMILITY and SELF-DECEPTION
FAMILIES see ANCESTRY and MARRIAGE
FASHION see STYLE
FLATTERY
FOOLS see most any heading
FORGIVENESS see REVENGE
FRIENDS & ENEMIES see also DEBT & CREDIT, GOSSIP & REPUTATION and VISITING
FRUGALITY see BUDGETING

G
GABBING & SILENCE see also GOSSIP & REPUTATION
GIVING see also GRATITUDE and STINGINESS & SHARING
GOSSIP & REPUTATION see also BRAGGING & DISCRETION and SATIRE
GRATITUDE see also GIVING, SERENITY & DISCONTENT and UNDERRATING & OVERRATING
GREED & POVERTY see also BUDGETING, SUCCESS & RUIN and TEMPERANCE & INDULGENCE
GRIEVANCES

GRIPING

H
HATE see ANGER
HEALTH see also DIET, HERBS and TEMPERANCE & INDULGENCE
HERBS
HISTORY
HUMILITY see PRIDE
HYPOCRISY see FAKING & SINCERITY and PRIDE & HUMILITY

I
IMMORTALITY see DEATH
INDULGENCE see TEMPERANCE
INDUSTRY see LAZINESS & LABOR
INNOCENTS see LAWYERS

J
JUDGMENT see also LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE, PLANNING & DECIDING, and SELF-DECEPTION
JUSTICE & COMEUPPANCE see also BAD HABITS & REFORM

KL
LABOR see LAZINESS
LAWYERS
LAZINESS & LABOR
see also CONSCIENCE & FUN, FAITH & WORK, PROCRASTINATION and SLEEP
LEADERSHIP see also PROMISES & PERFORMANCE
LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE see also ADVICE, EDUCATION, FRIENDS & ENEMIES, MEMORY, UNDERRATING & OVERRATING and WARNING SIGNS
LENDING see DEBT & CREDIT
LIBERTY & LICENCE see MODERATION & EXCESS and VIRTUE & CORRUPTION
LOVE'S CURES
LUCK
see also PRIDE & HUMILITY and SERENITY & DISCONTENT
LUCK & SWEAT see also LAZINESS & LABOR

M
MANNERS see CIVILITY
MARRIAGE see also PATIENCE and PROMISES & PERFORMANCE
MATURING
MEMORY
see also DEBT & CREDIT and NOSTALGIA
MODERATION & EXCESS see also UPSTARTS
MODESTY see PRIDE & HUMILITY
MONEY & VALUES see BUDGETING, FAITH & POSSESSIONS, FAKING & SINCERITY and VIRTUE & CORRUPTION

N
NONSENSE
NOSTALGIA

O
OBSTINACY
see BAD HABITS & REFORM and STUBBORNNESS
ORDER
see also PREPARATION
OVERRATING
see UNDERRATING

P
PASSION & REASON see also SELF-COMMAND
PATIENCE
see also BUDGETING, MARRIAGE, PREPARATION, SELF-COMMAND and TIME
PERFORMANCE see PROMISES
PERSUASION see SELF-INTEREST & VIEWPOINT
PHONIES see FAKING & SINCERITY
PLANNING & DECIDING
PLEASURES
POSSESSIONS
see FAITH & POSSESSIONS
POVERTY
see GREED
PREJUDICE see SELF-INTEREST & VIEWPOINT
PREPARATION
PRIDE & HUMILITY
see also FLATTERY
PRIVACY
PROCRASTINATION
see also BAD HABITS & REFORM
PROMISES & PERFORMANCE see also BRAGGING & DISCRETION, FAKING & SINCERITY and TIME WASTING

QR
REASON
see PASSION
REFORM see BAD HABITS
RELIGION see FAITH
REPUTATION see GOSSIP
RESOLUTION see BAD HABITS & REFORM, PLANNING & DECIDING, PROMISES & PERFORMANCE and SELF-COMMAND
REVENGE & FORGIVENESS see also MODERATION & EXCESS
RUIN see SUCCESS

S
SATIRE see also UNDERRATING & OVERRATING
SAVING
see BUDGETING
SCAMS see FAITH & SKEPTICISM
SELF-COMMAND see also BAD HABITS & REFORM, MODERATION & EXCESS, PASSION & REASON, PATIENCE and PLEASURES
SELF-DECEPTION see also UNDERRATING & OVERRATING and WISHES
SELF-DESTRUCTION see also SERENITY & DISCONTENT and TIME WASTING
SELF-INDULGENCE see TEMPERANCE & INDULGENCE
SELF-INTEREST & VIEWPOINT see also HISTORY
SELF-RESTRAINT see SELF-COMMAND
SERENITY & DISCONTENT see also CONSCIENCE & FUN and VIRTUE & CORRUPTION
SHARING see STINGINESS
SILENCE see GABBING
SINCERITY see FAKING
SLEEP see also LAZINESS & LABOR
STINGINESS & SHARING
see also GRATITUDE and GREED & POVERTY
STRENGTH
see BAD HABITS & REFORM
STUBBORNNESS see also ADVICE
STYLE
SUCCESS & RUIN see also SELF-DESTRUCTION
SWEAT see LUCK & SWEAT

T
TALK
see GABBING & SILENCE
TASTE see STYLE
TEMPERANCE & INDULGENCE see also ALCOHOL, DIET, GREED & POVERTY, MODERATION & EXCESS and PLEASURES
THRIFT see BUDGETING
TIME see also HISTORY and NOSTALGIA
TIME WASTING
see also LAZINESS & LABOR, PROCRASTINATION and SLEEP
TRANQUILITY
see SERENITY & DISCONTENT

U
UNDERRATING & OVERRATING
UPSTARTS

V
VICE
see also BAD HABITS & REFORM and VIRTUE & CORRUPTION
VIEWPOINT see SELF-INTEREST
VIRTUE & CORRUPTION see also BAD HABITS & REFORM, CONSCIENCE & FUN, GOSSIP & REPUTATION, JUSTICE & COMEUPPANCE, MEMORY and VICE - and review BEN'S 13 VIRTUES
VISITING

W
WARNING SIGNS
WISE GUYS
WISHES
see also NOSTALGIA
WORK see CONTRACTORS, DEBT & CREDIT and LAZINESS & LABOR

XYZ
ZEST
see CONSCIENCE & FUN and VIRTUE & CORRUPTION

BORING DETAILS about searching the index above:
For an advanced search - here's an example. Say, I want a quotation - or insights - on finance or budgets. After trying "Finance" with no luck, I press "B" in the alphabetical table and find "Budgeting see also Debt & Credit" in red letters. All red-letter words lead to quotes and verses, so I click "Budgeting" - and maybe "Debt & Credit." That's all it takes. (Or if I'm not satisfied, I might scroll leisurely down the list for ideas. The subject index includes "Money & Values," for instance.)

But I'm finicky. So I sometimes click on "see also's." And I click "D" on the alphabetical table. There I find at "Debt & Credit", "see also Contractors and Memory." I have no interest in either; yet, out of curiosity, I click "Memory." Veterans of Ben & Verse may, in the past, have experienced the frustration of finding that the episode referenced has not yet been published. No more - all of Ben & Verse is now permanently available.

One odd thing -- I never see the word "budgeting" in a quotation, although you will find it in this index. Franklin used words like "frugality", uncommon today. And this is an index to subjects, not words. Also, please remember, some websites have the whole Almanac, and a computer can search them by word, if only perhaps one year at a time. (What do other authors think about many of the subjects indexed? At the "Links" page, see "Quotations.")


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Ben & Verse Links

HOW NEVER TO HATE THIS PAGE (too much)
Ben&Verse may blithely travel on automatic pilot for years -- as the lovely links it lists sever and the websites die. So what do you do? You go to your old, old friend the Britannica (www.britannica.com). Enter a subject into its search box, choose the "Websites" results category - and wah-lah! Those sites on "Benjamin Franklin", "American Revolution" or whatever, come out ranked by quality. Now, you may need to compensate a bit for their juvenile bias, but that's a small price.
(NOTE - You'll need to be connected to the Internet to view the websites listed in this section.)

FRANKLIN HIMSELF

THE ELECTRIC FRANKLIN: BEN'S BEST LINK PAGE EVER
www.ushistory.org/franklin/info/links.htm
PULEEZ GO THERE FIRST. Diverse, authoritative, and fun, it includes BEN'S BEST WEBSITE, it's by LEO LEMAY (there you can read Franklin's works and a knock-out comment). There's also the companion to the PBS extravaganza on Ben - plus many oddball surprises. YOU MAY NEVER NEED TO COME BACK HERE (but please do anyway!).

FRANKLIN AT YALE.
www.yale.edu/franklinpapers

Check the "online catalogue" for summaries of the on-going series of more than three-dozen volumes, providing an excellent biographical resume.

FRANKLIN'S BEST FRIENDS

FRIENDS OF FRANKLIN
www.friendsoffranklin.org
Franklin fans from all over the earth! Gang up to celebrate Ben's spirit and learning with tours, events, and on-line news.


THE HISTORY BEN HELPED SHAPE

INDEPENDENCE DAY!
www.interesting.com/links/FourthofJuly/

Celebrate with flags, T-shirts, and, yep, flag-T-shirts; patriotic posters and pins; catalogs and coins; and revolutionary exhibits on line. It also includes music, a movie, and even biography. This website's called "interesting." They got that right.

LOCAL COLOR OF WARFARE
www.ushistory.org/links/history_revolutionary.htm

A varied page, full of interest for those not so interested in history - including forts, and frigates, and fascinating locales.

POWER HOUSE OF THE PAST
http://revolution.h-net.msu.edu/links

An awe-inspiring assemblage of documents, maps, images, course outlines, and educational sites.

HISTORY IN YOUR POCKET
www.constitution.org/cs_found.htm

The papers of the Founding Father's in pocket book form. Also, find out what inspired them and what they have inspired. See the Athenian constitution and the Franklin Institute's archives on Ben.

DOCUMENT HEAVEN
www.archives.gov

The National Archives is the basic national repository of documents, providing a biography of America. One fun example: search "Treaty of Paris" to see B. Franklin's signature.


THE FUTURE THAT BEN’S SPIRIT IS SHAPING

THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE ONLINE
www.fi.edu

Here those with truly youthful (that is, experimental) approaches can visit and explore.


WORDS, WORDS, WORDS

LITERARY LINGO!
http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/lit_terms/

An alphabetical list of literary terms (from allegory and aphorism to verisimilitude and verse) defined and explained, with examples -- and very often -- links, as well.

APHORISMS GALORE!
www.ag.wastholm.net

A rich, very well chosen collection, easily searched by author and broad subject.

YE OLDE ENGLISH SAYINGS
www.rootsweb.com/~genepool/sayings.htm

It shows the odd origins of a number of familiar expressions. It's interactive, with an excellent list of links.

WORDS FROM AMATEURS AND PROS
www.winamop.com

Words (and images) that aim to satisfy literary, musical, and artistic enthusiasms.


EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS

NOT JUST FOR ENGLISH TEACHERS
www. webenglishteacher.com

A delight for lovers of English, with resources for many other subjects, and
fun with puzzles, lessons (K-12), and jokes. A winner of many awards.

NOT "SECONDARY" AT ALL
www.secondaryenglish.com

For language arts teachers in secondary schools. Includes young adult novel reviews, articles, and opportunities for publication.

MENTORING ON THE INTERNET
www.tnellen.comcyberenglog.html
See the latest advances in “CyberEnglish.” That's a mentoring method that helps make a potential writer an effective publisher on the Internet. Watch for humor: a syllabus on the web gets called a “syllaweb.”

FREE RESOURCES FOR LEARNING ENGLISH ONLINE
www.english-daily.com

Free exercises, idioms, common abbreviations, slang, proverbs and more.

TIME TO TELL 'EM OFF
www.deannamiller.com

A liberating experience for students facing bullies – and also life’s larger questions, by the author of the award-winning fantasy, Skybounce.


ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)

ESL...PLUS
www.usingenglish.com
Lots of ESL resources for teachers and learners -- including educational pictures. Other features include a grammar glossary for any English teacher.

FUN AND WORK WITH ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)
www.tesol.net

Teachers and students learn here to find penpals, teaching materials, activities, and jobs.

ESL MONTHLY FOR TEACHERS
http://iteslj.org

Journal with lesson plans, handouts, research, and ideas.

QUOTATIONS
(these sites have biographies & bibliographies, as well)

HANDY ...
www.giga-usa.com/gigaweb1/quotes2/quautfranklinbenjaminx001.htm
I asked for Ben and got somewhere around 50 quotations (one quite lengthy) all in one list, easily printed out. This site, based on 45,000 quotations, has outstanding links, including numerous Federal gold mines.

EXTENSIVE...
www.bartleby.com

I asked for Ben and got 80 quotations for a delightful read. However, each quotation required a separate printing. This "Great Books" site draws on three sources, including "Bartlett's" for 86,000 quotations. Click Reference, then Quotations.


A BUFFET

FOR MORE OR LESS EVERYTHING
www.wikipedia.com
The free encyclopedia with articles, written (and ruthlessly edited) by volunteers.

GOT A QUESTION?
www.answers.com
Get the answer based on scores of encyclopedias and dictionaries.

A LITERATE BLOGGER
www.nofear.org
“The fact is reality has nothing to do with the truth,” say our ironist, a blogger-in-chief of many elegant resources. (And see the clerihews.)

SPOOKY?
www.sacklunch.net
Covers (among many other topics – and from a wholly different perspective) the SAME subjects you’ll see on both sides of “Ben and Verse.”


John McCall
2007



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