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PEACE AND GOODWILL Christmas, New Year AND Beyond…

 

Global Granary of Nations

Christmas and the New Year period is normally one of peace and finding good cheer, love and friendship with one another. A tranquil time settles just after Christmas Eve and Day festivities. We hope such will extend beyond January 1st and those good nations with good people sadly suffering from turmoil and troubles, will find peace and good will in the coming year.

Despite our fears, frailties and shortcomings, we are all human beings, being ultimately from the same race. The majority of us try and show goodwill and fellowship to each other.  Those that are fundamentalist whether religious or political and who have their own agendas to gain personal power at any level and by any means, should be marginalised and common sense from the common people should prevail.

We the sensible people, know that those who preach radicalism, hate and intolerance, do not pay heed to the true words and meaning  uttered by our God, saviour, prophet, spiritual teacher, master.

We experience those policitians who become corrupted by power and who become isolated from the people they are meant to govern and serve.

Leaders of nations must reflect and act upon what we want & desire to make our fragile planet safer, calmer and free from wars, conflicts, terror and pollution. They must look to conserve at home and not needlessy, imperialistically for profit or self interest interfere in other nations, unless asked to do and benefit for the people does result.

We are merely stewards that pass this way once on earth. We owe it to our children and descendants to leave a fit healthy place to live and evolve.

As Sir Thomas More proposed in the 16th Century England, will we ever see an Utopian society, with nations based on rational thought, with communal property, great productivity, free from avarice,  no class distinctions, no poverty, little crime or immoral behavior, religious tolerance, and little inclination to war including no racial and religious divides among its’ peoples.

I do not think this state is hard to achieve, only in the minds of those who do not aspire.

Let’s make our global home safe, habitable like we want our own family homes to be…

We at Global Granary sincerely wish all our viewers & visitors a Very Merry Christmas and A Peaceful New Year in 2013.

We truly look forward to hearing from you.

Opinion on Peace after Christmas

 

December 20, 2012 | OpinionPerryScope

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By Perry Diaz

There is something extraordinary about the Christmas season this year.  There is peace where there were wars not too long ago.  In the Philippines, a framework agreement for the establishment of aBangsamoro homeland was signed between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Movement (MILF) rebels who have been warring for decades in the island of Mindanao.  And in the Middle East, the Israeli government and Hamas, the political entity that is in control of the Gaza strip, signed a ceasefire agreement brokered by the United States and Egypt.

Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) Peace Panel chairman Marvic Leonen and MILF Peace Panel chairman Mohagher Iqbal affix their signature to the GPH-MILF Framework Agreement in a ceremony at the Rizal Hall, Malacanang Palace.

Today, the truce in Mindanao and Gaza – halfway the world apart — are holding up and there are no signs that any of the parties would violate the ceasefire agreements.  While this is by no means a miracle, it is a testament to man’s intrinsic desire for peace.  But sometimes a conflict — or war — erupts and causes innumerable suffering to people.

But throughout history, these conflicts often end in peaceful accord only after one party loses to the other like in most wars among nations; e.g., World War I and World War II.  However, there are times when no winner emerges and the war continues until a truce is arranged.  Such was the case of the Korean War (1950-1953) in which an armistice agreement was signed to end the hostilities between North Korea and South Korea.  Six decades later, the two Koreas have yet to reach a peace agreement; however, they continue to observe the ceasefire – with occasional violations — notwithstanding the fact that they are technically still at war.

British and German troops stand together during the Christmas Truce of 1914-15. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

British and German troops stand together during the Christmas Truce of 1914-15. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

 truce of 1914

But there was one truce that was just for a day but it made a lasting impression to this day.  In my article, “Give Truce a Chance” (December 23, 2005), I wrote: “In 1914, ninety-six years ago, during the Great War — or World War I as we call it today — the British and French armies were manning the 27-mile Western Front fiercely defending French territory from the advancing German Army. Across the British and French trenches, as near as 200 feet away, the Germans were dug in. What separated the opposing armies was a place called‘No Man’s Land.’

“On Christmas Eve, one of the most incredible — and unusual — events in human history took place: the Germans started placing candles on trees on ‘No Man’s Land.’ Lit with candles, the ‘Christmas’ trees looked awesome. The Germans began singing Christmas songs and the British and French troops responded by singing too. Soon the entire ‘No Man’s Land’ turned into a symphonic Christmas celebration. The Germans proposed a “Christmas truce” and the French and British troops accepted.

“The memorable event was detailed in a book, titled ‘Silent Night,’ written by Stanley Weintraub.  He wrote: ‘Signboards arose up and down the trenches in a variety of shapes. They were usually in English, or — from the Germans — in fractured English. YOU NO FIGHT, WE NO FIGHT was the most frequently employed German message. Some British units improvised MERRY CHRISTMAS banners and waited for a response. More placards on both sides popped up.’

“By Christmas morning, ‘No Man’s Land’ was filled with fraternizing soldiers, sharing rations and gifts, singing and more solemnly burying their dead. Soon they were even playing soccer, mostly with impoverished balls. According to one account, ‘proper burials took place as soldiers from both sides mourned together and paid their respect.’

“When the generals heard about the ‘Christmas truce,’ they were aghast and ordered their soldiers to start shooting at each other. The soldiers resumed shooting but most of them — for several days — aimed their rifles at the sky and the stars. In some sectors, the truce continued until New Year’s Day. After all, how can ‘friends’ shoot at each other?

“What was ironic was that earlier in the autumn of 1914, Pope Benedict XV called for an official truce between the warring governments. The Papal plea was ignored. After the ‘Christmas Truce,’ the embarrassed British commanders vowed that a truce should not happen again. However, in 1916, an ‘Easter Truce’ happened on the Eastern Front.

“On November 21, 2005, Alfred Anderson, aged 109, the last veteran of that ‘Christmas Truce,’ died at his home in Angus, Scotland. Anderson was 18 years old on December 25, 1914, when British, French, and German troops climbed out of their trenches along the dreaded Western Front and walked across the blood-soaked ‘No Man’s Land’ to shake hands. Anderson decorated with France’s highest honor, the Legion d’Honneur, never forgot that moment in his life when he celebrated Christmas with his enemies in ‘No Man’s Land.’Indeed, it was a singular moment in history that has yet to be repeated.”

“Doomsday button”

Today, there are no more trenches and every open land is “No Man’s Land.”  With the technological advances in modern warfare, our planet is constantly at risk of nuclear war. It is said that in the event of an impending missile attack on the United States, the President has only 13 minutes to make a decision whether to push the “doomsday button” that launches nuclear missiles against the attacking country.  That puts the world only 13 minutes away to nuclear conflagration… or worst, total annihilation.

When the Soviet Union collapsed on Christmas Day, December 25, 1991, the Cold War ended, too.  Since then, the prospect of nuclear doomsday has diminished and the United States and Russia have been at peace.  However, there are several trouble spots in the Middle East and in Southeast Asia where nations could be drawn into another global conflict.

Earth seen from Apollo 17. Note the Red Sea leading to the Suez Canal at the top.

Earth seen from Apollo 17. Note the Red Sea leading to the Suez Canal at the top.

Saving the planet

As we celebrate Christmas this year, one wonders if our planet is worth saving?  For one thing, there is no other habitable planet in our solar system that people from Earth can migrate to.   That makes it imperative that we should – nay, must – save our planet Earth from man-made destruction.

At the end of the day, Israel and Hamas must make every effort to observe the truce while finding a way to resolve their differences.  And if they can accomplish that, it would achieve for a lifetime what the “Christmas Truce” of 1914 achieved for just a day.  It would be a lasting “Christmas Truce” for all mankind.

Merry Christmas to all.  Shalom and salaam.

(PerryDiaz@gmail.com

Remembrance Day- Poppy Day 11th November


2014 especially commemorates the  centenary of the start of Word War 1 (WW1).

A moving Remembrance Day tribute held annually at the Royal Albert Hall London. Each falling poppy leaf is a symbol representing those who sacrificed their lives in wars and conflict – BBC

Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) It is a memorial annually commemorated in the UK and Commonwealth Countries. Other countries involved in the World Wars and later conflicts hold Veteran Days around the same date.

At 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month 1918,  hostilities of War One (WW1) ceased and the guns fell silent. The Treaty of Versailles in 1919 formally ratified the ceasefire.

WW1 was one the bloodiest conflicts in European history leaving many millions on both sides including civilians dead.

A week or so before Remembrance Day, volunteers appear to sell replicas of the red poppy flower (poppies) as badges. Poppies were chosen as symbol of hope, renewal and remembrance for all those who made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives in  wars and conflicts fought since WW1.  The poppies are sold for the British Legion, a charity for ex and veteran service personnel as well as families of those who perished and those wounded in wars and conflicts.

The poppies grow in fields in Flanders, a region of northern Belgium which saw some of the bitterest fighting in WW1 . The only living thing to survive and grow each year after the devastation were the poppy flowers.

We, who buy poppy badges, say we ‘wear them with pride’ for the sacrifice others made to protect the freedom and safety of our nations.

Artificial poppies were made  for the first poppy appeal in 1921 and had been imported from France.

In  1922 the Disabled Society , a charity established  in 1920 received a grant of £2,000 from the British Legion to employ disabled ex-service personnel to make remembrance poppies in England, A poppy makin factory was set up  in a former collar factory on London’s Old Kent Road and employed employing 50 disabled veterans. The factory made a million poppies within two months.

In November 1924, the Prince of Wales ( the future  King Edward VIII) visited the Poppy Factory, which made 27 million poppies that year. Most of the employees were disabled, and by then there was a long waiting list for prospective employees.

The old collar factory eventually proved too small as demand increased for poppies  and in 1925 the factory moved to the disused brewery site in Richmond that is still its home. The name of the charity was changed to the British Legion Poppy Factory at about the same time. In 1933 the factory was rebuilt on the same site.

As of 2011, the Richmond factory is still operated by Royal British Legion through a separate company, The Royal British Legion Poppy Factory Ltd, and employs approximately 40 full-time workers, most of whom are disabled, who make the poppies throughout the year in preparation for the period around Remembrance Sunday. In addition, the charity employs approximately 90 home workers who live within 10 miles (16 km) of the factory. Total production is approximately 36 million poppies each year, although it has been as high as 45 million and there were once 365 workers.

The Richmond factory also makes approximately 80,000 poppy wreaths each year

A separate factory, Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory, was opened in Scotland in March 1926 at the suggestion of Countess Haig, wife of Field Marshal Earl Douglas Haig

In 1998, the factory became an independent charitable company, The Lady Haig Poppy Factory Ltd, owned by Earl Haig Fund Scotland Ltd.

The factory is operated by the Earl Haig fund and also employs ex-service personnel, many disabled, making five million remembrance poppies in Edinburgh each year, to a slightly different design with four-lobed petals rather than two for English poppies, and 8,000 wreaths.

Lady Haig four-petal poppy

The nearest Sunday to 11th November is known as On Remembrance Sunday and churches hold memorial services.

On Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph – Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in London’s Whitehall,  a poppy wreath is laid by the reigning monarch  Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the Royal Family.

They are   followed by wreaths  placed at the cenotaph by the Prime Minster, senior politicians, armed service leaders and  representatives from the Royal Army, Royal Navy, Royal Airforce, emergency services, police, fire , ambulance  services also  auxiliary services, military veterans, ex service personnel, who also parade past the cenotaph.  There is a poppy  Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.

Similar wreath laying  ceremonies  take place at local war memorials in the UK and Commonwealth Countries.

A two minutes silence is observed at 11am.

Lest We Forget

 

Flanders Field – a moving poem

Poppies growing in Flanders fields

Flanders Battle field

British Legion Poppy Badge

Field of poppy crosses

 

An example of a metal poppy pin badge

Poppy wreath laying at the  Cenotaph, London

 

Queen Elzabeth II laying a poppy wreath at the Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Sunday

Old Soldiers laying their poppy wreaths and remembering old comrades

 

Mayor of London Boris Johnson wearing poppy badge on Remembrance Sunday

 

 

As Quoted by Winston Churchill

wins“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”
– Churchill
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A joke is a very serious thing.
– Winston Churchill

All babies are supposed to look like me – at both ends.
~Winston Churchill
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“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile—hoping it will eat him last.”
– Churchill
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“Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.”
– Churchill
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“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.”
– Churchill
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Eating words has never given me indigestion.
– Churchill

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Winston Churchill, Photo by P H Morton

“Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fall, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour!’”
– Churchill
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I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equal.
– Churchill


”I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.”
– Winston Churchill
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“It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.”
– Churchill

If you’re going through hell, keep going.
~Winston Churchill

I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this Government: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”
– Churchill

“If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.”
– Churchill

If you meet it promptly and without flinching – you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!
– Churchill
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“If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time-a tremendous whack.”
– Churchill

“If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.”
– Churchill
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I have found that the best way to get another to acquire a virtue, is to impute it to him.
– Churchill


“I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.”
– Churchill
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If you’re going through hell, be sure to keep going.
– W Churchill

“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
– Churchill

“In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity.”
– Churchill
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“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”
– Churchill
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Lady Astor: “Winston, if I were your wife I’d put poison in your coffee.”
Winston Churchill: “Nancy, if I were your husband I’d drink it.”
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“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing has happened.”
– Churchill
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By Winston Churchill
Apparently the now famous quote, where the above poster’s quotation was distilled from would have been  ‘Never in the history of mankind have so many owed so much to so few’ but Major General Hastings Ismay, whom Churchill affectionately called Pug,  queried about Jesus and his disciples.  Churchill quickly amended the mankind bit to human conflict and the rest is history.

The amended version:

“Never in the field of human conflict have so many owed so much to so few.”

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“Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
– Chruchill
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“Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.”
– Churchill
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“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
– Churchill
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“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
– Churchill
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“Socialists think profits are a vice; I consider losses the real vice.”
– Churchill
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“Some see private enterprise as a predatory target to be shot, others as a cow to be milked, but few are those who see it as a sturdy horse pulling the wagon.”
– Churchill
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“The Germans have received back again that measure of fire and steel which they have so often meted out to others. Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
– Churchill
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To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.
– Winston Churchill

“To have the United States at our side was to me the greatest joy. Now at this very moment I knew the United States was in the war, up to the neck and in to the death. So we had won after all!…Hitler’s fate was sealed. Mussolini’s fate was sealed. As for the Japanese, they would be ground to powder.”
– Churchill
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“The Americans will always do the right thing… after they’ve exhausted all the alternatives.”
– Churchill

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
– Winston Churchill

“This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.”
– Churchill
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“To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.”
– Churchill
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“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”
– Churchill
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“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
– Churchill
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The glory of human nature lies in our seeming capacity to exercise conscious control of our own destiny.
– Churchill
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We are all worms, but I do believe I am a glow-worm.
– Winston Churchill
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Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl. No superior alternative has yet been found.
– Winston Churchill

We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender..
– Winston Churchill

“We contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”
– Churchill
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We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
~ Winston Churchill
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“When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.”
– Churchill
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“When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.”
– Churchill
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“We (The British) have not journeyed across the centuries, across the oceans, across the mountains, across the prairies, because we are made of sugar candy.”
– Churchill
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“We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”
– Churchill
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“You ask, What is our policy? I will say; ‘It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.’ You ask, What is our aim? I can answer with one word: Victory—victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.”
– Churchill
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“You make a living by what you earn; you make a life by what you give.”
– Winston Churchill
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“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
– Churchill

Quoting Benjamin Franklin

Did you know?

Benjamin Franklin was one of the 56 men who signed America’s Declaration of Independence.

Benjamin Franklin is widely known to be the only President of the United States who was never a President of United States.  Meaning his reputation as a statesman is such that everyone thought he was once a president but sadly he was not.

Benjamin Franklin was the 15th amongst the 17th children his parents begot – big family.

Benjamin Franklin apparently brought to the USA the first bathtub in 1790.  It was from France and made of copper.  The tub was in a shape of a shoe and still very rudimentary.  It doesn’t have the taps for ready hot and cold water.  Everything was brought from another source manually.   Be that as it may, Benjamin Franklin loved his bathtub so much that he spent a great deal of time on it whilst reading and writing. 😉

 

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A child thinks twenty shillings and twenty years can scarce ever be spent.
– Benjamin Franklin

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
—Franklin

Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.
– Benjamin Franklin

A single man has not nearly the value he would have in a state of union.  He is an incomplete animal.  He resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors.
– Benjamin Franklin
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Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
– Benjamin Franklin
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Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
– Benjamin Franklin
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“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
– Benjamin Franklin
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Creditors have better memories than debtors
-Benjamin Franklin
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“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing”
Benjamin Franklin
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“Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.”
– Benjamin Franklin
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God heals, and the doctor takes the fees.
– Franklin

Fish and visitors stink after three days.
– Benjamin Franklin

He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
– Benjamin Franklin

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
– Benjamin Franklin

He that waits upon fortune is never sure of a dinner.
~Benjamin Franklin

If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.
– Benjamin Franklin

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.
– Benjamin Franklin

If we are industrious, we shall never starve; for, at the workingman’s house hunger looks in, but dares not enter. Nor will the bailiff or the constable enter, for industry pays debts, while despair increaseth them.
Franklin.

In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eat about twice as much as nature requires.
—Franklin

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half-shut afterwards.
– Benjamin Franklin

Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.
~Benjamin Franklin

Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
– Benjamin Franklin

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Necessity never made a good bargain.
– Benjamin Franklin

Nothing gives an author so much pleasure as to find his works respectfully quoted by other learned authors.
– Benjamin Franklin

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Some are weather-wise, some are otherwise.
– Benjamin Franklin

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The way to wealth is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality: that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality nothing will do, and with them everything.
—Franklin.
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The world is full of fools and faint hearts; and yet everyone has courage enough to bear the misfortunes , and wisdom enough to manage the affairs of his neighbor.
~Benjamin Franklin

There is a difference between imitating a good man and counterfeiting him.
– Benjamin Franklin
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There never was a good war or a bad peace.
– Benjamin Franklin
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There was never a good war or a bad war.
– Benjamin Franklin
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There are three things that are extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.
– Benjamin Franklin
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There are three faithful friends: an old wife, and old dog, and ready money.
– Franklin

“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.”
Benjamin Franklin
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Watch the little things; a small leak will sink a great ship.
– Benjamin Franklin

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
– Benjamin Franklin
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Well done is better than well said.
~Benjamin Franklin
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