Review: Wit and Wisdom from Poor Richard’s Almanack

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Author: Benjamin Franklin


This little book holds a collection of sayings by Poor Richard, better known as Benjamin Franklin. This book is not a complete collection of Poor Richard’s Almanack but rather a mere handful, broken down into categories and completing the series with Franklin’s thirteen virtues. Franklin’s original almanac pamphlets consisted of all the information of the typical almanac as well as his witty sayings. This collection, however, consists only of Franklin’s sayings through the voice of Poor Richard.

Many of these sayings you will recognize, and many perhaps you will not. If, however, you are a frequent reader of the book of Proverbs, you will quickly see where Franklin picked up most of his adages. In fact, I highly advise you to read the book of Proverbs before reading this little book and find the similarities between the two. One little quirk about the book is that it is kept in the vernacular and grammar of Franklin’s day, so some of the language and punctuation may throw you off at first if you are not used to reading this style of writing.

There is a lot of good advice in this little book. While it is a quick read that you could finish in one sitting, it should be one that you also take time to ponder and refer back to. Poor Richard was a witty one, and even if he did not always keep his own sayings all the time, many are nevertheless true and good to keep in mind. These sayings will make you think while often making you laugh, even in spite of yourself, and I think that is an excellent quality to have in any book on wit and wisdom.

Blessings to you and yours,

~Madelyn Rose Craig

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