Benjamin Franklin


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

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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.

Do good to thy friend to keep him -- to thine enemy to gain him.

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.

9 Men in 10 are suicides.

Each year, one vicious habit rooted out in time ought to make the worst man good.

A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.

Early morning hath gold in its mouth.

A wise Man will desire no more than what he may get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and leave contentedly.

Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.

Eat few suppers and you'll need few medicines.

All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse.

All things are cheap to the saving, dear to the wasteful.

Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us. Its appetite grows keener by indulgence and all we can gratify it with at present serves but the more to inflame its insatiable desires.

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.

Arguing is a game that two can play at. But it is a strange game in that neither opponent ever wins.

Beware of little Expences: a little leak will sink a great ship.

Carelessness does more harm than a want of knowledge.

Creditors have better memories than debtors; they are a superstitious sect, great observers of set days and times.

Death takes no bribes.

To err is human, to repent divine, to persist devilish.

Wink at small faults - remember thou hast great ones.

To God we owe fear and love; to our neighbours justice and character; to our selves prudence and sobriety.

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