Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin
Franklin
1706
1790

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

Author Quotes

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.

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