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|John McCall has generously shared this page with visitors here. It translates Ben's witty sayings into more modern times and gives a good chuckle. I enjoyed it and hope you will too. Please visit his site at http://www.benandverse.com/ for all sorts of information on Ben Franklin. Thanks!|
Ben & Verse
(Is Ben Franklin Cursed? His Prose Has Been Versed)
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
JUST A SAMPLE OF BEN AND VERSE
|He that won’t be councell’d, can’t be help’d.  |
Fools need Advice most, but wise Men only are the better for it. 
Your head’s not sized
After the huddle,
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.
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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.)
|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.
|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.
ADVICE see also PLANNING & DECIDING, WISE-GUYS and, for good advice, BEN'S 13 VIRTUES
ALCOHOL see also TEMPERANCE & INDULGENCE
ANGER & HATE see also FAITH WHEN CHALLENGED
ANTI-SOCIAL TYPES see also CIVILITY
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
CORRUPTION see VIRTUE
CREDIT see DEBT
DEATH & IMMORTALITY see also FAITH & POSSESSIONS
DEBT & CREDIT see also CONTRACTORS and MEMORY
DECIDING see PLANNING
DIET see also TEMPERANCE & INDULGENCE
DISCONTENT see SERENITY
DISCRETION see BRAGGING
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
FOOLS see most any heading
FORGIVENESS see REVENGE
FRIENDS & ENEMIES see also DEBT & CREDIT, GOSSIP & REPUTATION and VISITING
FRUGALITY see BUDGETING
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
HATE see ANGER
HEALTH see also DIET, HERBS and TEMPERANCE & INDULGENCE
HUMILITY see PRIDE
HYPOCRISY see FAKING & SINCERITY and PRIDE & HUMILITY
IMMORTALITY see DEATH
INDULGENCE see TEMPERANCE
INDUSTRY see LAZINESS & LABOR
INNOCENTS see LAWYERS
LABOR see LAZINESS
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
LUCK see also PRIDE & HUMILITY and SERENITY & DISCONTENT
LUCK & SWEAT see also LAZINESS & LABOR
MANNERS see CIVILITY
MARRIAGE see also PATIENCE and PROMISES & PERFORMANCE
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
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
POSSESSIONS see FAITH & POSSESSIONS
POVERTY see GREED
PREJUDICE see SELF-INTEREST & VIEWPOINT
PRIDE & HUMILITY see also FLATTERY
PROCRASTINATION see also BAD HABITS & REFORM
PROMISES & PERFORMANCE see also BRAGGING & DISCRETION, FAKING & SINCERITY and TIME WASTING
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
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
SUCCESS & RUIN see also SELF-DESTRUCTION
SWEAT see LUCK & SWEAT
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
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
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.")
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.)
THE ELECTRIC FRANKLIN: BEN'S BEST LINK PAGE EVER
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.
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
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
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
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
An awe-inspiring assemblage of documents, maps, images, course outlines, and educational sites.
HISTORY IN YOUR POCKET
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.
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
Here those with truly youthful (that is, experimental) approaches can visit and explore.
WORDS, WORDS, WORDS
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.
A rich, very well chosen collection, easily searched by author and broad subject.
YE OLDE ENGLISH SAYINGS
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
Words (and images) that aim to satisfy literary, musical, and artistic enthusiasms.
EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS
NOT JUST FOR ENGLISH TEACHERS
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
For language arts teachers in secondary schools. Includes young adult novel reviews, articles, and opportunities for publication.
MENTORING ON THE INTERNET
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
Free exercises, idioms, common abbreviations, slang, proverbs and more.
TIME TO TELL 'EM OFF
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)
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)
Teachers and students learn here to find penpals, teaching materials, activities, and jobs.
ESL MONTHLY FOR TEACHERS
Journal with lesson plans, handouts, research, and ideas.
(these sites have biographies & bibliographies, as well)
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.
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.
FOR MORE OR LESS EVERYTHING
The free encyclopedia with articles, written (and ruthlessly edited) by volunteers.
GOT A QUESTION?
Get the answer based on scores of encyclopedias and dictionaries.
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Covers (among many other topics – and from a wholly different perspective) the SAME subjects you’ll see on both sides of “Ben and Verse.”
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