Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin
Franklin
1706
1790

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

Author Quotes

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.

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.

God helps those that help themselves.

I develop the habit of expressing myself in terms of modest diffidence, never using, when I advanced anything that may possibly be disputed, the words certainly, undoubtedly, or any other that give the air of positiveness to an opinion, but rather say, I conceive or apprehend a thing to be so and so: It appear to me or should not think it, so or so, for such and such reasons; or I imagine it to be so, or it is so, if I am not mistaken. This habit I believe has been of great advantage to me when I have had occasion to inculcate my opinion and persuade men into measures that I have been, time to time, engaged in promoting.

Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of man. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter

Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.

Half the truth is often a great Lie.

If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself a slave to it.

Proclaim not all thou knowest, all thou owest, all thou hast, nor all thou can'st.

Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it is.

If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him.

Author Picture
First Name
Benjamin
Last Name
Franklin
Birth Date
1706
Death Date
1790
Bio

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