H. Wright Smith, Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin was born on this day in 1706. The Libraries recently published a printed lecture, Benjamin Franklin's Political Arithmetic: A Materialist View of Humanity by Joyce E. Chaplin, the James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University. Excerpts from the lecture are also available: parts one, two, and three.
Always quotable, here is a random and subjective selection of some of his witty aphorisms:
A place for everything, everything in its place.
At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.
I guess I don't so much mind being old, as I mind being fat and old.
A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
There was never a good war, or a bad peace.
Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
When in doubt, don't.
A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.
Fish and visitors smell in three days.—Elizabeth Periale