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In Benjamin Franklins preface to Poor Richard Improved The Way to Wealth Franklin offers many adages to help the reader conserve money Many of these sayings are common even today The title of this preface makes since because the title The Way to Wealth can be interpreted as The Road to Wealth If the reader does as these adages tell them he or she should be on their way to wealth Franklin offers advice to just about anybody Franklin believed that wealth was important because it led to both frugality and industry Frugality and industry were listed as his fifth and sixth virtues Franklin tells us that in order to be industrious we must always be employed in something useful His proverb Employ thy Time well if though meanest to gain Leisure lets the reader know that time shouldnt be wasted on doing things that wont better yourself or others Franklin tells us that in order to be frugal we cant waste anything People who spend lavishly should listen to the maxim Silks and Satins Scarlet and Velvets put out the Kitchen Fire This saying reminds us that the nice expensive things all work just as well as the generic ones Another proverb that a person with no frugality should abide by is Women and Wine Game and Deceit Make the Wealth small and the Wants great This is one I can definitely relate to Women wine and playing around all do put a dent in your pocket book Early to Bed and Early to rise makes a Man healthy wealthy and wise is another I can relate to This maxim is directed to all slothful people My constant tardiness proves my laziness and my need to abide by this one Another similar adage is Plough deep While
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