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American Philosophical Society
Way To Wealth
Wat to Wealth
Reprint of a well-known section from Franklin’s “Poor Richard’s Almanac” for 1758. The speech was presented in the form of an address by “a plain, clean Man, with white Locks,” to an audience at a public sale who complained of “the Times” in general and of “heavy Taxes” in particular. To these complaints Father Abraham replied, “We are taxed twice as much by ‘Idleness’, three times as much by our ‘Pride’, and four times as much by our ‘Folly’”; and this theme of industry, prudence, and frugality is the text of “The Way to Wealth.” This text was prepared by Franklin in 1757 as the preface for next year’s almanac. For it, Benjamin Franklin selected from the 25 years of Poor Richards about 100 proverbs enjoining honesty, sobriety, industry and thrift.
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