wisdom effectively recycled

Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 20 06:36:43 UTC 2010

Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> A paraphrase of many similar statements.  Only three RGs, nothing in GB:
> 2009
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/nov/06/us-jobless-rate-hits-10-percent
> (Nov. 6):
> As the wise man once said, there are two ways to get rich: earn more or want
> less.

As Walt Whitman did not say: Google Books archive is large. It
contains multitudes. The saying about wealth has been assigned to
Benjamin Franklin by at least one individual in the Google Books

Cite: Circa 2010 (Reprint of a book with a 1963 copyright), Legends
and Lore of Southern Illinois by John W. Allen, Page 391, Southern
Illinois Press. (Google Books preview; Page blocked; Not verified; May
be inaccurate)

Anyway, by strict observance of the latter half of Benjamin Franklin's
admonition, "Earn more or want less," a reasonably comfortable life
has been lived.


The quote appears to be in the epilogue, and it may have been added
any time between 1963 and 2010.

Yahoo Answer voters chose the saying as part of a "Best Answer" to a
vague question four years ago.


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