Advice from the “First American”: 17 of the wisest Benjamin Franklin quotes

Benjamin Franklin on the 100 dollar bill.

Benjamin Franklin was renowned for being a jack-of-all-trades, with experience as an inventor, author, politician, diplomat, scientist, printer, postmaster, and abolitionist, among many other respectable titles. In addition to his many accomplishments, the Founding Father had a way with words that still resonate with us today. For example, his Poor Richard’s Almanack, a pamphlet that contained a variety of weather forecasts, household tips, puzzles, and general life advice contains some of the most well-known witticisms that still survive in the modern vernacular. Let’s take a look at 17 of the wisest Benjamin Franklin quotes sourced from personal letters, essays, and the ever-relevant Poor Richard’s Almanack.

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The incredible story of aviation sensation Bessie Coleman

“Because of Bessie Coleman, we have overcome that which was worse than racial barriers. We have overcome the barriers within ourselves and dared to dream” -Lieutenant William J. Powell


Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman, the first African American female pilot, had the drive and ambition to achieve more in 6 short years than many people achieve in a lifetime.

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Abracadabra! 6 sizzling sorcerers from history

Historical or fictional, magical and mysterious characters are what good legends are made of. Take a look at this selection of sizzling sorcerers from the past.

Erik Vaderhatt (830/850AD-882AD)

Known as “Weather Hat”, this mythical Swedish king was believed to be able to control the winds with just the hat from his head. He had only to remove the item and point it in the direction he wanted to go for the winds to take him wherever he desired. He put this skill to good use in expanding his lands, adding to his empire until he was a force to be reckoned with.

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