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What Are Benjamin Franklin\’s Three Faithful Friends?

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\”There are three faithful friends – an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.\”      

– Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin – a leader in creating the United States of America, and civic organizations, and new wisdom.  And his wisdom above is a lot of what counts in life: Companionship, Devotion; and to take Action.  Let\’s look at these important elements in our lives.

1- An Old Wife.  I\’m not sure it\’s about age.  What it is about is a long-term companion that knows you.  They support you, help you, care for you.  Maybe that is an \’old wife\’,  a mother who listens, or a sincere friend.

2- An Old Dog.  A dog is faithful.  Dogs are unconditionally loving, and are there by your side.  They forgive immediately.  Joy and devotion are their qualities.

3- Ready Money.  Why ready money?  When we have a vision, we don\’t want to be strapped.  If we want to help the world, we need to have some funds so we aren\’t held back, and it doesn\’t need to be a lot.  But you usually need something to \”start the car\” of your vision, and make a change.


So let\’s ensure we have \”an old wife, an old dog, and ready money\” in whatever way that means in our own lives.  Companionship, Constancy and Change are important for us to be peaceful and to make a difference in our lives, and the world.


Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 -April 17, 1790) born in Boston, Massachusetts was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and physics for his discoveries regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, and a carriage odometer.

Franklin helped draft the Declaration of Independence and the U.S Constitution, and negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which marked the end of the Revolutionary War. He also served as president of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, wrote many tracts urging the abolition of slavery and petitioned the U.S Congress for it in 1790.  Franklin facilitated many civic organizations, including a fire department and a university.  Franklin was married to Deborah Read. Franklin had three children, Francis, Sarah and William. Benjamin Franklin died on April 17, 1790, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the home of his daughter, Sarah. (Biosource: Wikipedia: Benjamin Franklin)