Benjamin Franklin


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

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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.

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.

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.

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