Benjamin Franklin


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

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Never put off till to-morrow that which you can do to-day.

Remember, that time is money... Remember that credit is money... In short, the way to wealth, if you desire it, is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality; that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality, nothing will do. With them, everything.

He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.

Is there anything men take more pains about than to render themselves unhappy?

None preaches better than the ant, and she say nothing.

Savages we call them because their manners differ from ours.

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.

It is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.

Of all our infirmities, vanity is the dearest to us; a man will starve his other vices to keep it alive.

Scraps from the table of wisdom, that will if well digested yield strong nourishment to thy mind.

He that makes excuses is seldom good for anything else.

It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.

One day is worth two tomorrows; never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today. What I am to be, I am now becoming.

He that won't be counseled can't be helped.

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.

One should eat to live, not live to eat.

Employ thy time well if thou meanest to gain leisure; and since thou art not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour. Leisure is time for doing something useful, and this leisure the diligent man will obtain, but the lazy man never, for a life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things.

He that's secure is not safe.

Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too sever, seldom executed.

Our necessities never equal our wants.

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.

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