“If you wou’d not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.”

Benjamin Franklin

Quote Number: 533

Source: Saunders, Richard, Pseudo. Poor Richard, An Almanack For the Year of Christ 1738, Being the Second after LEAP YEAR. B. Franklin at the New England Printing Office: Philadelphia. 1738. Page.

Source Notes: A very similar quote, “if thou wouldest win Immortality of Name, either do things worth the writing, or write things worth the reading,” comes from Thomas Fuller’s Directions, Counsels, and Cautions, Tending to Prudent Management of Affairs in Common Life, which was published in 1727

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