The Almanack contained the calendar, weather, poems, sayings and astronomical and astrological information. It is best known as a repository of Franklin’s aphorisms and proverbs, many of which live on . . .
Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
God heals, and the doctor takes the fees.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.
He’s a fool who cannot conceal his wisdom.
A brilliant scientist, he invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass ‘armonica’. He formed both the first public lending library in America and the first fire department in Pennsylvania.