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Keep within compass, and you shall be sure
A man who gives his children a habit of Industry and Frugality, provides for them better than by giving them a sum of money.
POOR RICHARD. NOTAING gives an author so great a pleasure as to find his works respectfully quoted by learned authors. This pleasure I have seldom enjoyed; for though I have been, if I may say it without vanity, an eminent author (of almanacs) annually now a full quarter of a century, my brother authors in the same way, for what reason I know not, have ever been very sparing in their applauses, and no other author has taken the least notice of me; so that did not my writings produce me some solid pudding, the great deficiency of praise would have quite discouraged me.
I concluded at length, that the people were the best judges of my merit, for they buy my works; and besides, in my rambles, where I am not personally known, I have frequently heard one or other of my adages repeated, with,. As poor Richard says, at the end of it: this gave me some satisfaction, as it showed not only that my instructions were regarded, but discovered likewise some respect for my authority; and I own, that to encourage the pract of remembering and repeating those
ences, I have sometimes quoted mySE' reat gravity.