Just steps from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall is one of my favorite landmarks in Philadelphia. It sits off a very busy street next to an underground museum and is on the site of Benjamin Franklin’s former home. Ben Franklin’s print shop still produces documents the way Ben Franklin printed his newspaper and Almanac — on an 18th-century style printing press. Here you can pay $1.00 for one of Ben Franklin’s quotes printed on the press. Several years ago on my first trip to Philadelphia, I bought a few of the quotes and framed them. Hanging in my house for over a decade I’ve enjoyed “Fish and Visitors Stink in Three Days” and “Keep Your Eyes Wide Open Before Marriage and Half Shut Afterwards.” I bought a couple more on my trip there a week or so ago and was thrilled that they were still just $1.00 — the best souvenir in Philly, in my opinion!
There was a tour group in the print shop while I was there and I’m sure the kids barely had any idea who Ben Franklin was. They might have known he was the guy who invented electricity, but I’ll bet they had no idea he was the man who invented bifocals or the glass harmonica. Heck, what is a glass harmonica? I think they would have been most impressed to hear that he was the man to whom we can attribute the quote, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
My husband isn’t a fan of the long lists of quotes I sometimes include in my blogs, but I have to include some of my favorite Ben Franklin quotes with this blog, don’t you think?
Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
He that lieth down with Dogs, shall rise up with Fleas.
After crosses and losses, men grow humbler and wiser.
There are three faithful friends — an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.
One good Husband is worth two good Wives; for the scarcer things are, the more they’re valued.