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Wit and Wisdom from Poor Richard's Almanack (Modern Library Humor and Wit) [Kindle Edition]

Benjamin Franklin , Steve Martin , Dave Barry
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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Franklin’s Autobiography is one of the most famous works in American literature. He started it as a private collection of anecdotes for his son, but soon it was transformed into a work of history, both personal and national, revealing Franklin as the man who, as Herman Melville said, possessed “deep worldly wisdom and polished Italian tact, gleaming under an air of Arcadian unaffectedness.

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“What could Benjamin Franklin say that would be relevant to today's world? Plenty, it turns out.” (Dave Barry)

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Franklin's Autobiography is one of the most famous works in American literature. He started it as a private collection of anecdotes for his son, but soon it was transformed into a work of history, both personal and national, revealing Franklin as the man who, as Herman Melville said, possessed "deep worldly wisdom and polished Italian tact, gleaming under an air of Arcadian unaffectedness.

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  • File Size: 2295 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library (January 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ALBR1ZU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,613 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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83 of 93 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars There are better versions than this one January 18, 2008
Format:Paperback
So to start, there is a huge problem with this page. If you utilize Amazon's Search Inside feature for this version of the book it is actually showing you the inside of a different copy of Poor Richards Almanack. What you see is definitely not the inside of this book and I'll tell you why later.

Another problem with this page is the fact that people are reviewing the content of Poor Richards Almanack and giving you, the consumer, a history lesson on the book. But come on... the content of the book is pretty much a given. If you're not familiar with the Poor Richards Alamanack, then it's probably a good idea to check it out from a library before you buy it. You would want to own a copy simply for novelty's sake.

So onto the review of the actual product... This is a very poor copy in terms of quality (just like this review). This is just speculation, but it literally appears as if someone from the publisher went to the copy machine with an original copy of the book, pressed the "Enlarge 150%" button, photocopied the entire original book onto larger paper, bound it, put a cover on it, and sold it as the copy you see here. The black space you see on the cover is about the size of the margins within the book. This creates an obnoxious amount of white space around the paragraphs which in turn makes the book difficult to read. On top of this, some of the pages are slightly crooked.

So as I've stated, the content is exactly like the original, but you can easily find a better version than this one. Unless the book was intended for people with impaired vision, there is no reason the original book should have been blown up and placed on 2 inch margins. I would steer clear of this version and find a better one.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, Enlightening, and Educational August 22, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
A wonderful book of sayings that espouse Ben Franklin's views on life. In general, he was an advocate of honesty, hard work, moderation in all indulgences, and being a good person. While these may sound like simple principles, the wittiness and cleverness with which they are presented make them memorable and therefore useful.
Buy two copies of this book -- one for yourself and one for your child when they reach their teenage years. You'll both be better off. My copy is marked up so I can easily find my favorite sayings, and I find myself flipping through it often.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Choice Morsels Of Wisdom January 28, 2006
Format:Hardcover
Franklin's timeless compilation of whit and wisdom is truly a classic. The book contains some of the most interesting and impressive collection of comments that Franklin was able to put in this compendium. While many are ascribed to Franklin, he specifically does not take credit for the adages himself. Rather, he indicates that they are commonly utilized comments and expressions of the vernacular.

The individual enticements cover all areas of thought and society. He was able to capture these moments of brilliance and publish them so that they are available for all time. Such common phrases and expressions are recognizable to most readers. When Franklin says, "You can bear your own Faults, and why not a Fault in your Wife?" the reader sees these as aphorisms that are applicable as well in 2006 as they were when he published them back in the 18th Century.

While Franklin may not have penned all these witticisms personally, he surely did massage them through his brilliant mind. Such comments as "Time is an herb that cures all diseases" and "Better slip with Foot than Tongue" are metaphors that all could have come up with, but Franklin was the one who wrote them down for all time. In fact, the reader can open virtually any page in the book and find something that is applicable to whatever situation is at hand.

The book is an essential part of all reader's libraries. It is recommended for every and all serious readers.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quote Book From a Sage September 4, 2003
Format:Paperback
Franklin is the American Merlin. He is scientist, sage, and savant. This book is a collocation of his proverbs from "Poor Richard's Almanac." It reads like a typical quote book, but it goes deeper. Franklin has wisdom tempered with humor and a gift for coining gold phrases. I recommend it for any fan of Covey's "Seven Habits" or Allen's "As A Man Thinketh." You return to the ancient virtues that made those ancient so interesting.
One of the gems in this books is the list of Franklins personal virtues. Both Steven Covey and Hyrum M. Smith of Franklin Planners based their research in this plan for perfection. Get your children inculcated with these virtues of an authentic genius and patriot. They and we need all the help we can get.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Filled with Franklin's Wit & Wisdom August 8, 2003
Format:Hardcover
This one is a keeper for anyone who likes to be reminded of the good advice this little book gives. As a man in my mid-thirties, I appreciate this book-of-quotes a great deal. If only I would have followed the advice given in this book when I was a young lad! I would be much better off by now to say the least.
If you are a teen or have children that are teens, this book is full of time-tested wisdom that is based on life-experience, and a pragmatic point of view. It is a good tool for use in developing character and is a great source of direction for young and old--if truly applied that is.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good to think about
Full of wisdom. Good to think about. Can't go wrong.
Published 1 day ago by GUDBOOKS2
4.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable piece of timeless wisdom!
Wisdom in abundance!
Published 7 days ago by Dayanand Deshpande
4.0 out of 5 stars pithy
Wise and insightful thoughts to ponder. A good read for this younger generation or any generation to take to heart and mind
Published 1 month ago by Wes
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love it
It steal work's as if it wear just like it was written yesrd day I just loveted the book and im going to read it over
Published 1 month ago by Steven Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a Kind
Poor Richard is a timeless masterpiece of advice and the mores of our American culture. Required reading for us all.
Published 2 months ago by Terry Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read on History
A taste of Franklin's thought at the beginning to history for America. Some interesting and important comments on current history at the time he wrote them!
Published 2 months ago by Jimmie L. Bodenhamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Franklin provides insight
While reading this, the reader is shown how universal Franklin's wit and wisdom is. I highly recommend this great little book.
Published 2 months ago by Brenda Svetlic
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Worldly wisdom, ageless , at your fingertips - look no where else, you find it all here with Ben Franklin.
Published 2 months ago by adriano c romano
5.0 out of 5 stars Poor Richard's Almanac: A Quick Review
If, for your own private pleasure or to put a pithy quote onto your Facebook Page, or a paper you may be writing for a school course, you can opwn Poor Richard's Almanac to any... Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. szymanski
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Reference
This is a nice quick-quote reference to have in lieu of an actual Poor Richard's Almanac reproduction. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joseph W Parker
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