Benjamin Franklin


American Statesman, Philosopher, Writer, Inventor, Printer, Scientist, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States

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But, on the whole, tho' I never arrived at the perfection I had been so ambitious of obtaining, but fell far short of it, yet I was, by the endeavour, a better and a happier man than I otherwise should have been if I had not attempted it.

Is not hope of being one day able to purchase and enjoy luxuries a great spur to labor and industry? May not luxury, therefore, produce more than it consumes, if without such a spur people would be, as they are naturally enough inclined to be, lazy and indolent?

You may delay, but Time will not.

Let thy discontents be thy secrets.

Most people return small Favors, acknowledge middling ones, and repay great ones with Ingratitude.

Nothing is more fatal to health than an overcare of it.

One today is worth two tomorrows.

One’s true happiness depends more upon one’s own judgment of one’s self, or a consciousness of rectitude in action and intention, and the approbation of those few, who judge impartially, than upon the applause of the unthinking, undiscerning multitude, who are apt to cry Hosanna today, and tomorrow, Crucify him.

Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue.

Sloth (like Rust) consumes faster than Labor wears: the used Key is always bright.

Speak little, do much.

The noblest question in the world is, What Good may I do in it?

There is perhaps no one of the natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself.

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

He’s the best physician that knows the worthlessness of the most medicines.

Tomorrow, every Fault is to be amended; but that Tomorrow never comes.

I have always thought that one man of tolerable abilities may work great changes, and accomplish great affairs among mankind, if he first forms a good plan, and, cutting off all amusements or other employments that would divert his attention, makes the execution of that same plan his sole study and business.

Well done is better than well said.

If men are so wicked as we now see them with religion, what would they be if without it?

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

If your riches are yours, why don’t you take them with you to t’other world?

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

[The] great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by the false estimates they have made of the value of things, and by their giving too much for their whistles.

[Upon waking] What shall I do today? [Before going to sleep] What good have I done today?

`Tis easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.

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American Statesman, Philosopher, Writer, Inventor, Printer, Scientist, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States