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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wit and Wisdom

From Poor Richard's Almanack

(Photo courtesy of: public.gettysburg.edu)

1757 Edition


Conversation Hints

"Good Sense and Learning may Esteem obtain.
Humor and Wit a Laugh, if rightly ta'en;*
Fair Virtue Admiration may impart;
But 't is Good-Nature only wins the Heart;
It moulds the Body to an easy Grace,
And brightens every Feature of the Face;
It smooths th' unpolished Tongue with Eloquence,
And adds Persuasion to the finest Sense."

*Shortened version of 'taken'

" Many a Man's own Tongue gives Evidence against his Understanding."
~ Benjamin Franklin

Have any of you ever read Benjamin Franklin's 'Poor Richard's Almanack'? It is probably among the many favorite books that I enjoy. :)

By the way, I copied this directly from the book. He capitalizes strange words doesn't he?


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