by Benjamin Franklin
for a word to the wise is enough
'Friends,' says he, 'the taxes are, indeed, very heavy; and if those laid on by the government were the only ones we had to pay, we might more easily discharge them; but we have many others and much more grievous to some of us. We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly; and from these taxes the commissioners cannot ease or deliver us, by allowing an abatement...'
God helps them that helps themselves,
It would be thought a hard government that should tax its people one tenth part of their time, to be employed in its service: But idleness taxes many of us much more; sloth, by bringing on diseases, absolutely shortens life. 'Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labour wears, while the used key is always bright,' as Poor Richard Says.--'But dost thou love life, then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of,' as Poor Richard says.-- How much more than is necessary do we spend in sleep! forgetting that 'The sleeping fox catches no poultry, and that there will be sleeping enough in the grave,' as Poor Richard says.
'If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be,' as Poor Richard says, 'the greatest prodigality'; ...'Lost time is never found again; and what we call time enough always proves little enough': Let us then up and be doing, and doing to the purpose: So by diligence shall we do more with less perplexity. 'Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all easy; and, he that riseth late, must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night; while Laziness travels so slowly, that Poverty soon overtakes him. Drive thy business, let not that drive thee; and early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise,'...'Industry need not wish, and he who lives upon hope will die fasting. There are no gains without pains; then help hands, for I have no lands,'... If we are industrious we shall never starve; for, 'at the working man's house hunger looks in, but dares not enter.'...'Industry pays debts, while despair increaseth them.'... 'Diligence is the mother of good luck, and God gives all to industry. Then plough deep, while sluggards sleep, and you shall have corn to sell and keep,' Work while it is called today, for you know not how much you may be hindered tomorrow. 'One today is worth two tomorrows,'... 'Never leave that till tomorrow, which you can do today.'-- If you were a servant, would you not be ashamed that a good master should catch you idle? Are you then your own master? Be ashamed to catch yourself idle when there is so much to be done for yourself, your family, your country, and your king. ...'The cat in gloves catches no mice,' ... 'Constant dropping wears away stones; and buy diligence and patience the mouse ate in two the cable; and little strokes fell great oaks.' ... 'Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to gain leisure; and since thou are not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour.' ...'A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things...'