Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin
Franklin
1706
1790

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

Author Quotes

Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

Plough deep while sluggards sleep.

God heals and the Doctor takes the fees.

Human felicity is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day.

Little strokes fell great oaks.

Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue. It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.

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.

May we never see another war! For in my opinion, there never was a good war or a bad peace.

Promises may get thee friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies.

He does not possess wealth, it possesses him.

If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be without it?

Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and trebles that want another way. That was a true proverb of the wise man, rely upon it; "Better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure, and trouble therewith."

Public opinion cannot do for virtue what it does for vice. It is the essence of virtue to look above opinion. Vice is consistent with, and very often strengthened by, entire subservience to it.

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.

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