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3.0 out of 5 stars Originally Published in 1875, But Reads Like Today, May 12, 2012
This review is from: Thrift (Paperback)
Though by Samuel Smiles published this book in 1875, much to my surprise it read very contemporary. Reading this book reminds me of Mark Twain in that 'History does not repeat, but it sure rhymes.' The struggles that folks had in England in the 1840s to 1870s sure ring true of human struggles of today. Other surprising takeaways is the author quotes like Benjamin Franklin and David Hume as acquaintances.

Of course the thrust of the book is to abstain from debt like the plague, but it is more than that - it is a treatise on a way of life to avoid potentially struggles. Many folded ears on the pages of quotes, but a few as follows will give you a taste: "The secret of all success is to know how to deny yourself", "Disorderly persons are rarely rich; and orderly persons are rarely poor", "Give a man money without working for it, and he will soon claim it as a right." One can not have a book on thrift without tossing in a Cicero quote, "In the family, as in the State, the best source of wealth is Economy."

I own an original 1875 copy, but would recommend this book for the larger type. It is also available on Kindle which I also own and is very good.
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