Benjamin Franklin


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

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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.

He is a fool that cannot conceal his Wisdom.

If you argue and rankle and contradict, you may achieve a temporary victory - sometimes; but it will be an empty victory because you will never get your opponent's good will.

Necessity has no law.

Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.

He is not well-bred, that cannot bear ill-breeding in others.

If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher's-stone.

Necessity never made a good bargain.

Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.

He that blows the coals in quarrels that he has nothing to do with, has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face

If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.

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