Education: Wisdom

No banks—and few schools—closed last week to honor the 240th birthday ol Benjamin Franklin. Yet Ben Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack stood (with the Bible) as virtually the only textbook in liberal education that many an early American ever had. Wrote Ben Franklin, perhaps the best taught of all self-taught Americans:

¶ "Take this remark from Richard, poor and lame,

Whate'er's begun in anger, ends in shame."

¶ "Ne'er take a wife till thou hast a house (and a fire) to put her in."

¶ "God helps them that help themselves."

¶ "Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it."

¶...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!