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5.0 out of 5 stars Distilled wisdom, 19 Aug 2007
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Andrew Barrett (UK) - See all my reviews
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1st Dover Thrift Edition (1999), Dover Publications, 57 pages

Wit and Wisdom from Poor Richard's Almanack is a selection of quotations from various editions of Poor Richard's Almanack, originally published by Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia for the years 1733 - 1758.

I was prompted to buy this little book after reading Franklin's autobiography (prompted in turn by Charlie Munger's recommendation). There is a temptation when important information is presented in a humorous, folksy manner to be somewhat dismissive and perhaps not pay it the attention it deserves. This book is full of amusing aphorisms that are acutely observed and extremely wise. Some of my favourites are:

"The way to be safe, is never to be secure." (particularly apposite for stock investors, like myself)
"Glass, China, and Reputation are easily crack'd,
And never well mended."
"Each year one vicious habit rooted out,
In time might make the worst Man good through-
out."
"He that can bear a Reproof, and mend by it,
if he is not wise, is in a fair way of being so."
"Fools need advice most, but wise Men only are the
better for it."

The quotes are also arranged by topic, which is quite helpful (particularly when you want to find one again).

Wit and Wisdom is a great little book and terrific value at only one pound. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True wisdom never ages..., 30 May 2014
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Mr. J. H. Wheeler "Easy Street" (Cheshire, England) - See all my reviews
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The most remarkable part of Franklin's work here is the fact that he wrote this at a relatively young age, and that's discounting that it was started only as a 'filler'. I bought this subsequent to buying Franklin's autobiography, as I was further stimulated to have even more insight to this remarkable man and his life. True, he did leave out a few, shall we say, love-life details, but the salacious stuff can be found elsewhere. This man's life leaves you fruitlessly wishing you could have had dinner with him....
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4.0 out of 5 stars A kick in the backside!, 5 Nov 2013
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K. Middleton "Karen and RICHARD" (Cardiff, Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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A decent price and an interest in Ben Franklin prompted me to purchase this little book, Wit and Wisdom is a very appropriate title, it's full of little anecdotes and sayings that offer simple advice that during these times of recession are a reminder that being frugal does not always mean you have to be skint and miserable.

It's an interesting read from one of histories most fascinating characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wisdom, 26 Dec 2009
Good material recommended for those who seek a productive change in their personal and professional lives.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lessons for Life, 11 Sep 2009
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Mr. W. J. Haines (East Sussex, England) - See all my reviews
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I found this to be a great little book full of common sense and wise remarks that will cause the reader to both smile and reflect. I suggest reading it in conjunction with The Way to Wealth by the same author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT, 28 July 2014
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This book is so so so brilliant - Only God knows why I hadn't read it earlier. Have even ordered copies for friends! An excellent book.
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