Benjamin Franklin


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

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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.

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.

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