Witty, wise, and elegant in their simplicity, these timeless adages on how to live in the material and spiritual worlds come from the author of Poor Richard's Almanack and Pennsylvania's Quaker founder.
1837. This volume contains two essays. The first, "The Way to Wealth," written by Benjamin Franklin, was much and justly admired. It presents advice to a young tradesman from an old one. The second, "Fruits of Solitude in Reflections and Maxims Relating to the Conduct of Human Life," by William Penn, is a manual presented to the reader with the fruit of solitude, a school few to care to learn in, though none instruct us better. Some parts of it are the result of serious reflection; others, the flashings of lucid intervals; written for private satisfaction and published for a help to human conduct. Due to the age and scarcity of the original we reproduced, some pages may be spotty, faded or difficult to read.
Benjamin Franklin is generally considered one of America's most versatile and talented statesmen, scientists, and philosophers. His achievements include publisher of Poor Richard's Almanac and many articles on political, economic, religious, philosophical and scientific subjects. He was the inventor of bifocals, the Franklin stove, lightening rod, he was one of the signers of the 'Declaration of Independence', and the founder of, what is now the University of Pennsylvania. This book presents a detailed and riveting review of Franklin's life based on excerpts from the renowned 1899 book on Franklin by Sydney George Fisher. This overview is augmented by a substantial selective bibliography, which features access through title, subject and author indexes.
The conflict between scientific observation and poetry, reflections on abolition, transcendental philosophy, other concerns are explored in this superb general selection from Thoreau's voluminous Journal.