Tuesday, July 5, 2016


        Friends, says he,  and Neighbours, 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.  However, let us harken to good Advice, and something may be done for us;  God helps them that helps themselves, as Poor Richard says, in his Almanack of 1733.

-Benjamin Franklin

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