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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. I–V: American
 
Maxims
By Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790)
 
NEVER spare the parson’s wine, nor the baker’s pudding.  1
  A house without woman or firelight is like a body without soul or sprite.  2
  Kings and bears often worry their keepers.  3
  Light purse, heavy heart.  4
  He’s a fool that makes his doctor his heir.  5
  Ne’er take a wife till thou hast a house (and a fire) to put her in.  6
  To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.  7
  He that drinks fast pays slow.  8
  He is ill-clothed who is bare of virtue.  9
  Beware of meat twice boil’d, and an old foe reconcil’d.  10
  The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.  11
  He that is rich need not live sparingly, and he that can live sparingly need not be rich.  12
  He that waits upon fortune is never sure of a dinner.  13
 
 
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