Benjamin Franklin


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

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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.

Experience keeps a dear school; but fools will learn in no other, and scarce in that; for it is true, we may give advice, but we cannot give conduct.

He who multiplies riches multiplies cares.

Let honesty be as the breath of thy soul, and never forget to have a penny, when all thy expenses are enumerated and paid: then shalt thou reach the point of happiness and independence shall by thy shield and buckler, thy helmet and crown; then shall thy soul walk upright nor stoop to the silken wretch because he hath riches, nor pocket an abuse because the hand which offers it wears a ring set with diamonds.

Pain wastes the body, pleasures the understanding.

Fly pleasures and they'll follow you.

He's a fool that cannot conceal his wisdom.

Life is rather a state of embryo, a preparation for life; a man is not completely born till he has passed through death.

Pity and forbearance should characterize all acts of justice.

For the want of a nail, the shoe was lose; for the want of a shoe the horse was lose; and for the want of a horse the rider was lost, being overtaken and slain by the enemy, all for the want of care about a horseshoe nail.

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

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