1. George S. Kaufman said, “You can’t make a living in the theater, just a killing.” We all know what making a killing means these days, but what is making a living?
2. “Another day; another dollar” — remember that saying? I think it’s one of those that’s meant to extol the value of hard work and its payoff, but really, is all that work for such little pay worth it anymore?
3. How about “A penny saved is a penny earned,” which is one of those early American-Puritan ideals courtesy of Ben Franklin. Wouldn’t he be surprised to land on the streets of Philadelphia today and see all the mixed messages? (“Save? No, spend to fuel the economy.”) Are we more a land of contradictions now than in Ben’s time?

Something Else: More from Mr. Franklin
Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying a lot of smart things. (Imagine if he had had a blog!) Below are some of what I think are his more interesting quotes. Do you have any favorites?

“Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.”

“All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.”

“Applause waits on success.”

“Many people die at 25 and aren’t buried until they are 75.”

“Honesty is the best policy.”

“Hunger is the best pickle.”

“Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.”