Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin
Franklin
1706
1790

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

Author Quotes

Would you persuade, speak of interest, not of reason.

To the generous mind the heaviest debt is that of gratitude, when it is not in our power to repay it.

Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble.

To whom you betray your secret you sell your liberty.

Vanity backbites more than Malice.

Virtue alone is sufficient to make a man great, glorious, and happy.

We must all hang together or assuredly we shall all hang separately.

What can laws do without morals?

The modest temple of wisdom.

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.

The most acceptable service of God is doing good to man.

When the well's dry, we know the worth of water.

The taxes were indeed very heavy, and if those laid on by the government were the only ones we had to pay, we might more easily discharge them; but we have many others, and much more grievous to some of us. We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times by our pride, and four times as much by our folly; and from these taxes the commissioners cannot ease or deliver us, by allowing an abatement.

When you speak to a man, look on his eyes; when he speaks to you, look on his mouth.

There is much difference between imitating a good man, and counterfeiting him.

Who has deceived thee so often as thyself?

There is no little enemy.

Who is powerful? He that governs his Passions.

There was never yet a truly great man that was not able at the same time to be truly virtuous.

Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.

They that will not be counseled, cannot be helped. If you do not hear reason she will rap you on the knuckles.

Who is strong? He that can conquer his bad habits.

To be proud of virtue is to poison yourself with the antidote.

Who is wise? He that learns from everyone.

'Tis easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.

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