Benjamin Franklin on Shaving


Benjamin Franklin is noted to be one of the most intelligent person’s of all time. After all he was an inventor, politician, scientist, musician, author, philisopher and much more. There is literally almost nothing he could not do and one of the things he said in his autobiography concerns things you do daily, things you take for granted.

Daily tasks such as shaving is something many men take for granted relegating it to something you do because you must, turning it into a robotic chore to be done as quickly as possible before carrying on with the rest of the day. But wise Ben Franklin surmised that it is in the execution of such daily activities that we feel are unimportant but add the fact you do it everyday that it actually becomes of the utmost importance and in his wisdom said

“Thus, if you teach a poor young man to shave himself, and keep his razor in order, you may contribute more to the happiness of his life than in giving him a thousand guineas. The money may be soon spent, the regret only remaining of having foolishly consumed it; but in the other case, he escapes the frequent vexation of waiting for barbers, and of their sometimes dirty fingers, offensive breaths, and dull razors; he shaves when most convenient to him, and enjoys daily the pleasure of its being done with a good instrument.” – taken from the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

The wisdom we can take from this is that to enjoy your daily shave it is important that you make an investment in a good safety razor, shaving brush and shaving soap or cream for these are tools you actually use everyday and therefore pay back over time in cost and pleasure you get. Psychologically you reap the benefits through better self confidence and the admiration you receive from both men and women at your extremely well kept appearance. Saving a few cents by going disposable or canned is really not worth it on the long haul. A fine brush and razor last many, many years and are a very worthwhile investment. The only regret I notice from enlightened men who have improved their shaving is that they did not start sooner. Start your better shave today, take in from Benjamin Franklin.

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