Benjamin Franklin


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

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In dealings between man and man, truth, sincerity and integrity are of the utmost importance to the felicity of life.

Doing an Injury puts you below your Enemy; Revenging one makes you even with him; Forgiving it sets you above him.

Innocence is its own defense.

Education begins with life. Before we are aware the foundations of character are laid, and subsequent teaching avails but little to remove or alter them... 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.

Keep Conscience clear, then never fear.

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other, an scarcely in that; for it is true, we may give advice, but we cannot give conduct. Remember this; they that will not be counseled cannot be helped. If you do not hear reason she will rap you over your knuckles.

Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.

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

Fatigue is the best pillow.

Let honesty and industry be thy constant companions, and spend one penny less than thy clear gains; then shall thy pocket begin to thrive; creditors will not insult, nor want oppress, nor hunger bite, nor nakedness freeze thee.

'Tis more noble to forgive, and more manly to despise, than to revenge an injury.

Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.

Man only from himself can suffer wrong.

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.

Hast thou virtue? acquire also the graces and beauties of virtue.

Pride that dines on vanity, sups on contempt.

A little neglect may breed great mischief. For want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost, being overtaken and slain by the enemy; all for want of a little care about a horse-shoe nail.

He that can have patience can have what he will.

Righteousness, or justice, is, undoubtedly of all the virtues, the surest foundation on which to create and establish a new state. But there are two nobler virtues, industry and frugality, which tend more to increase the wealth, power and grandeur of the community, than all the others without them.

A long life may not be good enough but a good life is long enough.

Honesty is the best policy.

Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.

Anger is never without a Reason, but seldom with a good One.

How many observe Christ's birthday! How few his precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep holidays than commandments.

Strict punctuality is a cheap virtue.

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