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Ben Franklin had something to say about almost everything

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

The Doors of wisdom are never shut.

Hunger never saw bad bread.

A Man without a wife is but half a man.

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage...half shut afterwards.

One today is worth two tomorrows.

A Quarrelsome man has no good neighbors.

The Rotten apple spoils his companion.

Speak little, do much.

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.

Well done is better than well said.

You may delay, but time will not. BenFranklin

Everyone knows about Ben flying a kite in a storm, but he also chased a whirlwind on horseback, guessed that storms were predictable, and charted the Gulf Stream.

In 1784 Ben Franklin was staying in Paris for a while. Even though he was 78, he had been appointed Ambassador or some such. In a light hearted moment, he penned an article or letter-to-the-editor proposing that instead of the new oil lamps, the citizens might want to consider Dayling Savings Time during the summer. He went on to propose several other things such as posting a policeman in each candle shop to make sure no one bought more than a pound of candles per week. And the police should also make sure that coaches after sunset be used only by doctors and midwives and other emergency personnel. While probably not practical today, he suggested that each morning at sunrise, all the churches peal their bells to awaken all to the new day. And if a church not be close enough, then why not a cannon.


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