Epigrams from Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac 


Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

God helps them that help themselves.

Haste makes waste.

Never leave that till to-morrow which you can do to-day.

Well done is better than well said.

A penny saved is a penny earned.

Truth is bitter but a lie is savoury at times.

Who lies down with dogs rises up with fleas.

Three can keep a secret if two are dead.

Wedlock, as old men note, hath likened been 
Unto a public crowd or common rout; 
Where those that are without would fain get in, 
And those that are within would fain get out.

Sally laughts at everything you say. 
Why?  Because she has fine teeth.

Here comes Glib-Tongue who can outflatter 
a dedication and lie like ten epitaphs.

People wrapped up in themselves make small packages.

Happy the nation, fortunate the age, 
whose history is not diverting.