Benjamin Franklin


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

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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.

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.

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