Quick Book Review – Poor Richard’s Almanack by Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin is one of the most famous figures in American history. Most know him from his famous experiment where he showed that lightning was electricity. Ben Franklin did a lot more than just tie keys to kite strings. He also was a writer and had many famous and witty sayings that he published in his Poor Richard’s Almanack.

Poor Richard's Almanack by Benjamin Franklin

Poor Richard’s Almanack by Benjamin Franklin

“A Slip of the Foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the Tongue you may never get over.” – pg. 36

What I Liked:

1. Benjamin Franklin’s sayings are as wise today as they were 200 years ago. Some of my favorites are:

“Fear God, and your Enemies will fear you.”

“Well done, is twice done.”

“To err is human, to repent divine; to persist devilish.”

2. The book is printed like an original almanac which is really cool. They even kept the old spellings, capitalizations, and punctuations!

3. The sayings are not only good advice, but they are also very funny. Some of the ones I thought are the funniest are:

“Fish and Visitors stink after three days.”

“A country man between two lawyers, is like a fish between two cats.”

“Hunger is the best Pickle.”

What I Didn’t Like:

1. It wasn’t always the easiest to understand. Some of the sayings just didn’t make any sense to me.

2. I liked the original look of the book, however, the downside was that it made it hard to understand in some places because of the capitalization and spelling.

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think of it? Do you have any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below.

~ Kayla


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