American Phrase Friday


“Life is not having been told that the man has just waxed the floor.”

Ogden Nash


American Phrase Friday

Benjamin_Franklin_1767I know I’ve been missing this one a lot lately, so I’ll try and make up for it in this post. All these quotes are from Poor Richard’s Almanac, by Benjamin Franklin.

“Do good to thy friend to hold him, to thy enemy to gain him.”

“Look before, or you’ll find yourself behind. By diligence and patience the mouse bit in two the cable.”

“There are no fools so troublesome as those who have wit.”

“Three may keep a secret….if two of them are dead.”

American Phrase Friday


These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

-Thomas Paine

American Phrase Friday

President_Roosevelt_-_Pach_Bros.tif“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

American Quote Thursday


           If you wou’d not be forgotten

           As soon as you are dead and rotten

           Either write things worth the reading,

           Or do things worth the writing.

                                                                          -Benjamin Franklin