Aphorisms from Poor Richard's Almanac
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What is an aphorism?
A statement of truth or opinion expressed in a concise and witty manner.
Hunger is the best pickle
Food tastes better when you're hungry so the actual flavor becomes less significant.
Keep thy shop, and why shop will keep thee
If you look after your means of support properly (i.e. your shop) by working hard, then your "shop" will continue t support you well.
Love your neighbor; yet don't pull down your hedge
It's fine to get along with yur neighbors but it's good to keep your distance as well and maintain some privacy.
A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over
If you say the wrong thing, it will stick with somebody much longer than if you fought with somebody.
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise
Someone who gets enough sleep and starts work early in the day I'll have a successful life.
God helps them that helps themselves
God will not come to the aid of those who do not try
Don't throw stones at your neighbors', if your own windows are glass
Those who are vulnerable should not attack others.
He that scatters thorns, let him not go barefoot
The person stirring up trouble should be careful that the trouble he started does not get out of control and come back to hurt him worse than his intended target.
Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead
You can't trust anyone with a secret except for yourself.
Tart words make no friends; a spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar
You'll get a better response from someone by talking nicely than by yelling or insulting them.
Fish and visitors smell in three days
Visitors who keep prolonging a visit can get to be really annoying fast.
If you would know the value of money, try to borrow some
Those who work hard for their money and understand its true worth should be saddened to borrow money as they fully understand how much work it will be to pay it back.
A small leak will sink a great ship.
The most insignificant thing can do great damage.
He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up wth fleas
Bad things happen to those who hang out with the "wrong crowd".
Now that I have a sheep and cow, everybody bids me good morrow
People like you when you're richer.
Drive thy business; don't let it drive thee
Work hard but not so hard that you become obsessed.
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that is the stuff life is made of
Time is precious. Don't waste it on things you do not enjoy.