American Statesman, Philosopher, Writer, Inventor, Printer, Scientist, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States
"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."
"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."
"Doing an Injury puts you below your Enemy; Revenging one makes you even with him; Forgiving it sets you above him."
"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."
"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."
"How many observe Christ's birthday! How few his precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep holidays than commandments."
"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."
"If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some; for he that goes a-borrowing goes a-sorrowing."
"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead,, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing."
"In dealings between man and man, truth, sincerity and integrity are of the utmost importance to the felicity of life."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"There was never yet a truly great man that was not able at the same time to be truly virtuous."
"They that will not be counseled, cannot be helped. If you do not hear reason she will rap you on the knuckles."