The following maxims are translated from the Neuer Gemeinnutziger Pennsylvanischer Calender, published by John Baer in Lancaster. All of these sayings are selected from the 1877 edition of the almanac
The sleeping fox catches no chickens.
Foresight is the mother of wisdom.
If you wish to learn the value of a dollar, try to borrow one.
Great bargains have ruined many people.
When a fool talks hold your tongue.
Never brag about your business.
An hour of triumph will finally come for him who waits patiently and measures up to the needs of the hour.
Speak only good of your friends.
Never take a dismissed employee back into your employ.
If you turn over your affairs to a servant you will someday regret it.
No one can succeed who neglects his business.
Lose no time bemoaning loses.
Bring system into your business and do not neglect the small details.
Small holes cause big ships to sink.
Never neglect to take a receipt of sums paid and keep a copy of your letters.
Be prompt and don’t waste time visiting.
The lawyers eat the oysters and leave the shells for their clients.
These are but a few gems of wisdom contained in the old Pennsylvania German almanacs. Dr. Clarence Brigham of the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester Mass., tells us that there has developed a revived interest in studying old Pennsylvania German almanacs on deposit in that institution. People are finding nuggets of wisdom in science, cooking, medicine, agriculture, and many other things which our fathers knew. The American Antiquarian Society houses the largest collection of Pennsylvania German almanacs known to exist.