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from Poor Richard's Almanack
Transcript of from Poor Richard's Almanack
"Don't Look Back"
Franklin's interest in self-improvement is evident in his autobiography and in Poor Richard's Almanack.
In The Autobiography, Franklin examines his own life and applies higher standards to his behavior.
By contrast, the Almanack offers witty advice to the general public.
The Almanack contained the calendar, weather, poems, sayings and astronomical and astrological information that a typical almanac of the period would contain.
It is chiefly remembered for Franklin's aphorisms and proverbs, many of which live on in American English.
These aphorisms typically counsel thrift and courtesy, with a dash of pessimism.
short sayings with a message
"A rolling stone gathers no moss."
"Don't count your chickens before they're hatched."
"Don't spit into the wind."
1. Use your post-it note to write down key points and main ideas.
2. Study your post-it note when the notes are complete.
3. Write as much information from your post-it note that you can remember.
4. Write a summary of the notes using all of the information you recalled...without looking back.
The Almanack is full of aphorisms adapted from traditional or folk sayings known as proverbs.
Franklin rewrote many proverbs, making them shorter and witty.
Proverbs are as old as language itself and exist in all societies.
They reflect a view of the world.
Proverbs can reflect feelings about fate, the seasons, work, effort, love, death, and other universal experiences.
They reflect unchanging truths about human nature.