Benjamin Franklin


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

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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.

A full Belly makes a dull Brain.

An honest Man will receive neither Money nor Praise, that is not his Due.

Anger is never without a Reason.

Diligence overcomes Difficulties: Sloth makes them.

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.

Where sense is wanting, everything is wanting,

The honest man pains, and then enjoys pleasures, the knave takes pleasure, and then suffers pain.

Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion.

The use of money is all the advantage there is in having money.

Who pleasure gives, shall joy receive.

The way to wealth is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality; that is, waste neither time or money, but make the best use of both Without industry and frugality, nothing will do; and with them, everything.

Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech; which is the right of every man as far as by it he does not hurt or control the right of another; and this is the only check it ought to suffer and the only bounds it ought to know... Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freedom of speech, a thing terrible to traitors.

There are no gains without pains.

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