Why used key?

“Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the used key is always bright.”


Benjamin Franklin  wrote that, under the nom de plume of Richard Saunders, in one of the Poor Richard’s Almanacs he published between 1733 to 1758.

Ben Franklin was obviously not a fan of laziness. 

For you folks out there googling to find out what the quote means, I’m glad you landed here!  Franklin is saying that laziness erodes a person, while work keeps them in good order.  The key which is seldom used builds up rust, while the key that’s often used, through wear, stays shiny.

I’d take this a step farther, and say it also means the more you do something, the better you are at it.  So the more you read about witchcraft, the better you are at … well … reading about witchcraft.

Franklin’s quote inspires me to spend more time Working the Arte, and less time sitting on my ample backside reading about it.  And (obviously) it inspired the title of this blog, where I share what happens when I do.


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