On Franklin�s The Way to Wealth

On Franklin�s The Way to Wealth - On Franklin's The...

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On Franklin’s The Way to Wealth In “The Way to Wealth”, Benjamin Franklin, under the alias Richard Sunders, shared his wisdom in achieving wealth. The writer himself was born of a humble family background and started his business from scratch, but he achieved wealth with his specialization in printing techniques and talent for investment and business management. The significance of this essay is that Franklin pointed out some key qualities for ordinary people to attain wealth. First of all, Franklin recommended the attitude of optimism and constructiveness toward personal wealth. On page 221, the narrator Richard says “ We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly. ” in response to some friends’ complaints about taxes. The writer also urged his readers to treasure their own time with adages like Lost time is never found again; and what we call time enough, always proves little enough. ” With his witty maxims, the writer exhorted the economically disadvantaged not to envy rich men, impute their destitution to other people’s persecution, or grumble over economic burden in vain; instead, they should
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2011 for the course HIS 1 taught by Professor Xi during the Spring '10 term at National Taiwan University.

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