Benjamin Franklin


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

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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.

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 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.

Work as if you were to live 100 years; pray as if you were to die tomorrow.

Serving God is doing good to man, but praying is thought as easier service and therefore more generally chosen.

There are no ugly loves nor handsome prisons.

Severity is often Clemency, Clemency Severity.

There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means - either may do - the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.

Sin is not hurtful because it is forbidden, but because it is hurtful.

There is none deceived but he that trusts.

Slavery is an atrocious debasement of human nature.

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