Benjamin Franklin


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

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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.

Approve not of him who commends all you say.

If Passion drives, let Reason hold the Reins.

The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.

As we must account for every idle word, so we must for every idle silence.

If principle is good for anything, it is worth living up to.

The ancients tell us what is best; but we must learn of the moderns what is fittest.

Avarice and happiness never saw each other, how then should they become acquainted.

If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality, since lost time is never found again; and what we call time enough always proves little enough. Let us then be up and doing, and doing to the purpose; so by diligence shall we do more with less perplexity.

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.

If you would be loved, love and be lovable.

Be sober and temperate and you will be healthy.

If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some; for he that goes a-borrowing goes a-sorrowing.

Calamity and Prosperity are the Touchstones of Integrity.

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead,, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.

Diligence is the mother of good luck, and God gives all thins to industry. Then plough deep while sluggards sleep, and you shall have corn to sell and to keep.

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.

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