Benjamin Franklin


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

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Diligence overcomes Difficulties: Sloth makes them.

Do'st thou love life, then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.

Genius without Education is like Silver in the Mine.

Good Sense is a Thing all need, few have, and none they [lack].

He that lives upon hope will die fasting.

[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.

Slavery is an atrocious debasement of human nature.

There was never a good war or a bad peace.

Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry, all things easy. He that rises late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night, while laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.

Those, who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

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

To be thrown upon one's own resources, is to be cast into the very lap of fortune; for our faculties then undergo a development and display an energy of which they were previously unsusceptible.

Teach your child to hold his tongue; he'll learn fast enough to speak.

To lengthen thy Life, lessen thy meals.

The busy man has few idle visitors; to the boiling pot the flies come not.

Waste not, want not; willful waste makes woeful want.

The doors of Wisdom are never shut.

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

The eyes of other people are the eyes that ruin us. If all but myself were blind, I should want neither fine clothes, fine houses, nor fine furniture.

Were it offered to my choice, I should have no objection to a repetition of the same life from its beginning, only asking the advantages authors have is a second edition to correct some faults of the first.

The great secret of succeeding in conversation is to admire little, hear much, always to distrust our own reason, and sometimes that of our friends; never to pretend to wit, but to make that of others appear as much as we possibly can; to hearken to what is said, and to answer to the purpose.

What is best for the people is what they do for themselves.

The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of wise man is in his heart.

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