-1849-Would you like to know how you can always be in easy circumstances? If so, here—take the recipe:
Subdue every unnecessary want or desire, and buy only such things as will add to your real comfort and convenience.
It is the extreme of folly to think you must buy every thing you see, or have everything that some of your rich neighbors have. If they have attained their wealth by their vices, their exhortations and rogueries, do not try to ape them, but despise alike their means and their ends. If they have acquired their riches by their virtues, their fairdealing and activity and honesty, in business, as only the truly self-made men, the great and excellent of the earth, ever do, they deserve your regard and esteem—they are to be honoured—they are worthy of their success—the community at large will benefit by their prosperity; you will not envy them, nor make vain and fruitless attempts to rival them in their establishments and equipages; but pursue the even tenor of your way in right-thinking and right-acting, as these noblemen of Nature’s fabric have done before you.
The frog, in trying to swell to the size of the ox, burst—a certain end to all artificial greatness. Whenever you find you can curtail your expenses, you must summon resolution to do it.
[Maine Farmer's Almanac]
It is November in the Agrarian Nation. The crops are harvested. The farmer has some profit. And the Maine Farmer's Almanac has some sage advice... live within your means.
Now there is some wisdom as appropriate to today as it was 162 years ago.
Fathers and mothers, if you want to pass on wisdom to your children, may I suggest that you arm yourself with an arsenal of aphorisms, and use them often through the years, when the occasion warrants. Your children will grow up, and they will remember...
My momma always used to tell me...
"The frog, in trying to swell to the size of the ox, burst."
I'm wondering, can you think of an aphorism that your father or mother or a grandparent used to say?
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