"Always tell the truth. That way, you don't have to remember what you said. "
"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing. "
"If you ride a horse sit close and tight, If you ride a man, sit easy and light. "
--Benjamin Franklin, Written as advice to himself in 1726, on shipboard returning to Philadelphia from London. He was 20 years old
"Franklin’s Four Rules for Living It is necessary for me to be extremely frugal for some time, until I have paid what I owe. To endeavor to speak truth in every instance; to give nobody expectations that are not likely to be answered, but aim at sincerity in every word and action – the most amiable excellence in a rational being. To apply myself industriously to whatever business I take in hand, and not divert my mind from my business by any foolish project of growing suddenly rich; for industry and patience are the surest means of plenty. I resolve to speak ill of no man whatever, not even in a matter of truth; but rather by some means excuse the faults I hear charged upon others, and upon proper occasions speak all the good I know of everybody. "