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Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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Benjamin Franklin FRS FRSA FRSE (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A polymath, he was a leading writer, printer, political philosopher, politician, Freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

  • You may delay, but time will not.

  • Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble.

  • Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.

  • Words may show a man’s wit but actions his meaning.

  • Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.

  • Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it.

  • Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.

  • Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion.

  • Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.

  • Where there’s marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.

  • Where liberty is, there is my country.

  • When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.

  • When in doubt, don’t.

  • When befriended, remember it; when you befriend, forget it.

  • Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.

  • Well done is better than well said.

  • Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it.

  • We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.

  • Wars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes later.

  • Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease.

  • Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don’t have brains enough to be honest.

  • To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.

  • To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.

  • To Follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.

  • Time is money.

  • Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.

  • They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

  • There was never a good war, or a bad peace.

  • There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.

  • There are three faithful friends – an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.

  • The worst wheel of the cart makes the most noise.

  • The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason.

  • The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.

  • The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands.

  • The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.

  • The doors of wisdom are never shut.

  • The discontented man finds no easy chair.

  • The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.

  • The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.

  • Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

  • Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.

  • Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.

  • Savages we call them because their manners differ from ours.

  • Remember that credit is money.

  • Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.

  • Rather go to bed without dinner than to rise in debt.

  • One today is worth two tomorrows.

  • Observe all men, thyself most.

  • No nation was ever ruined by trade.

  • Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.

  • Never confuse motion with action.

  • Necessity never made a good bargain.

  • Mine is better than ours.

  • Lost time is never found again.

  • Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.

  • Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.

  • It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.

  • It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.

  • It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.

  • It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.

  • In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

  • In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.

  • If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.

  • If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.

  • If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.

  • If you desire many things, many things will seem few.

  • If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.

  • If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him.

  • If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.

  • I saw few die of hunger; of eating, a hundred thousand.

  • I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.

  • Hunger is the best pickle.

  • How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.

  • Honesty is the best policy.

  • Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?

  • He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.

  • He that’s secure is not safe.

  • He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.

  • He that won’t be counseled can’t be helped.

  • He that speaks much, is much mistaken.

  • He that sows thorns should never go barefoot.

  • He that lives upon hope will die fasting.

  • He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.

  • He that can have patience can have what he will.

  • He does not possess wealth; it possesses him.

  • Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.

  • Half a truth is often a great lie.

  • Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.

  • God works wonders now and then; Behold a lawyer, an honest man.

  • God helps those who help themselves.

  • Genius without education is like silver in the mine.

  • Games lubricate the body and the mind.

  • Fatigue is the best pillow.

  • Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.

  • Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.

  • Energy and persistence conquer all things.

  • Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to gain leisure.

  • Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

  • Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

  • Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.

  • Don’t throw stones at your neighbors if your own windows are glass.

  • Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.

  • Distrust and caution are the parents of security.

  • Diligence is the mother of good luck.

  • Creditors have better memories than debtors.

  • Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.

  • By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

  • Buy what thou hast no need of and ere long thou shalt sell thy necessities.

  • Beware the hobby that eats.

  • Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.

  • Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.

  • Beauty and folly are old companions.

  • Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.

  • Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.

  • As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.

  • Applause waits on success.

  • Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do.

  • Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.

  • An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

  • An egg today is better than a hen to-morrow.

  • Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.

  • A place for everything, everything in its place.

  • A penny saved is a penny earned.

  • A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.

  • A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.

  • A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.

  • A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.

  • A good conscience is a continual Christmas.

  • A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines.

  • A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.

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