Food for Thought

Ishaan was reading this book yesterday - Ben Franklin flies a kite.
He got it from the school library and it was a slightly long chapter book.
I have to be involved when he reads chapter stories so that he comprehends the meaning and holds on to the thread of events,else he loses interest
So this was the story of Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of America.I learnt a lot about his life and achievements and was absolutely impressed by his quotations and witty one-liners.

And this one at the end of the book is still lingering in my mind:

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”

There are hundreds of other quotes which we all have been hearing and reading since we learned to read and write, but I never knew the source of them until yesterday.So,teaching a child is a lesson to the parent,as well.Wonder if thats why its said -Chid is the father of man?.

Some of the other note-worthy ones by Mr Franklin are:

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.

Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked, and never well mended.

Beware of the young doctor and the old barber.

He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.

To find out a girl’s faults, praise her to her girl friends.

He’s a fool who cannot conceal his wisdom.

What is the use of a new-born child? (When asked the use of a new invention)

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.

A penny saved is a penny earned.

A place for everything, everything in its place.

A small leak can sink a great ship.

Fatigue is the best pillow.

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

Comments

  1. really! there were so many that I have heard too since childhood and it was always taken to be just another saying that nobody knows where it came from. With you involved in Ishaan's study, even we are learning :)

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  2. wow! makes for a good reading.. i had heard some of these quotes, but didn't know they were attributed to Benjamin Franklin...

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  3. Anonymous12:28 PM

    INIERESTING POST!

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  4. Very right Jas!

    Ishaan is making each one of us learn!

    Really liked this one:

    Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.

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  5. V.nice post...pls do keep writing!!

    and visit mine too!

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