On Benjamin Franklin…

While spending my Saturday approving the copyedits in the Technical Innovation in American History 3 volume encyclopedia Peg and I completed this year, I came upon the entry for Almanacs and was reminded of these smart bits of advice from none other than Benjamin Franklin.

Isn’t it funny how he becomes such an icon of history – and such a character (he even appeared in an episode of Bewitched!) that we forget he was a man – and a writer – and a rebel (why does ‘writer’ and ‘rebel’ often go hand in hand?).

Remember he said it first:

“There are no gains without pains.”
“One today is worth two tomorrows.”
“Have you something to do tomorrow? Do it today.”

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