Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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Benjamin Franklin Quotes

“In rivers and bad governments, the lightest things swim at the top. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it
one has the more one wants. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Human felicity is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day.” – Benjamin Franklin

“It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.” – Benjamin Franklin

“If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“I am in the prime of senility. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Genius without education is like silver in the mine. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“To the generous mind the heaviest debt is that of gratitude, when it is not in our power to repay it. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“He that lives upon hope will die fasting. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“A good conscience is a continual Christmas. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote! ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Who is rich? He who is content. Who is that? Nobody. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Necessity never made a good bargain. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Beware of the young doctor and the old barber. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows nor judge all he sees. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“He is a fool that cannot conceal his wisdom. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“At 20 years of age the will reigns, at 30 the wit, at 40 the judgment. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“He that has done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“I believe I shall,in some shape or other,always exist; and, with all the inconveniences human life is liable to, I shall not object to a new edition of mine, hoping, however, that the errata of the last may be corrected. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“All would live long, but none would be old. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Drive thy business or it will drive thee. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Glass, china and reputation are easily cracked, and never well mended. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Lost time is never found again. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“We must indeed all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall hang separately. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“A democracy is two wolves and a small lamb voting on what to have for dinner. Freedom under a constitutional republic is a well armed lamb contesting the vote. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even infinitely above it. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Experience is a dear teacher, but fools will learn at no other. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Passion governs, and she never governs wisely. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“To follow by faith alone is to follow blindly. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Rules too soft are seldomly followed; rules too harsh are seldomly executed. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“He is ill clothed that is bare of virtue. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic. Sell not liberty to purchase power. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: This is my country. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“If you wouldst live long, live well, for folly and wickedness shorten life. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Well done is better than well said. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Energy and persistence conquer all things. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“If you would be loved, love and be lovable. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to get leisure. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“The first mistake in public business is the going into it. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Our critics are our friends; they show us our faults. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“He that is good at making excuses is seldom good at anything else. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Critics are our friends, they tell us our faults. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“All cats are gray in the dark. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“But in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Creditors have better memories than debtors. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Distrust and caution are the parents of security. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Think what you do when you run into debt; you give another power over your liberty. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“God heals, and the doctor takes the fee. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“You may delay, but time will not. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“He that can have patience can have what he will. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“Dost thou love life? Than do not squander time, for it is the stuff life is made of. ” – Benjamin Franklin

“A penny saved is a penny earned. ” – Benjamin Franklin

 

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