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Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
(1706 - 1790)
American politician, scientist, civic activist.
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If you want a thing done, go - if not, send.
- Benjamin Franklin | Action Quotes
All would live long, but none would be old.
- Benjamin Franklin | Aging and Old Age Quotes
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.
- Benjamin Franklin | Books and Reading Quotes
A child thinks twenty shillings and twenty years can scarce ever be spent.
- Benjamin Franklin | Children and Childhood Quotes
The greatest monarch on the proudest throne is obliged to sit upon his own arse.
- Benjamin Franklin | Fame and Celebrities Quotes
There are three faithful friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.
- Benjamin Franklin | Friends and Friendship Quotes
Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.
- Benjamin Franklin | Homo Sapiens Quotes
There is a difference between imitating a good man and counterfeiting him.
- Benjamin Franklin | Imitation Quotes
Were the offer made true, I would engage to run again, from beginning to end, the same career of life. All I would ask should be the privilege of an author, to correct, in a second edition, certain errors of the first.
- Benjamin Franklin | Life Quotes
You can bear your own faults, and why not a fault in your wife?
- Benjamin Franklin | Marriage Quotes
God heals, and the doctor takes the fees.
- Benjamin Franklin | Medicine and Sickness Quotes
Nothing is more fatal to health than an overcare of it.
- Benjamin Franklin | Medicine and Sickness Quotes
We must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.
- Benjamin Franklin | Minorities Quotes
Praise to the undeserving is severe satire.
- Benjamin Franklin | Praise and Flattery Quotes
Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.
- Benjamin Franklin | Revolution and Reform Quotes
Would you persuade, speak of interest, not of reason.
- Benjamin Franklin | Speakers and Speeches Quotes
What maintains one vice would bring up two children.
- Benjamin Franklin | Vice Quotes
There never was a good war or a bad peace.
- Benjamin Franklin | War Quotes
Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.
- Benjamin Franklin | Wisdom Quotes
The U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. Your have to catch up with it yourself.
- Benjamin Franklin | Happiness Quotes
Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.
- Benjamin Franklin | Happiness Quotes
Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us.
- Benjamin Franklin | Forgiveness Quotes
A wise man will desire no more than what he may get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and leave con-tently.
- Benjamin Franklin | Forgiveness Quotes
If you desire many things, many things will seem but a few.
- Benjamin Franklin | Forgiveness Quotes
A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
- Benjamin Franklin | Helping Other People Quotes
Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.
- Benjamin Franklin | Friendship Quotes
The way to see by Faith is to shut the eye of Reason.
- Benjamin Franklin | Faith and Unity Quotes
Work as if you were to live one hundred years; pray as if you were to die tomorrow.
- Benjamin Franklin | Prayer Quotes
If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.
- Benjamin Franklin | Self-Reliance Quotes
If you want a thing done, go; if not, send.
- Benjamin Franklin | Self-Reliance Quotes
The U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.
- Benjamin Franklin | Self-Reliance Quotes
Lost time is never found again.
- Benjamin Franklin | One Day Quotes
You may delay, but time will not.
- Benjamin Franklin | One Day Quotes
Does't thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin | One Day Quotes
If time be of all things most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality, since lost time is never found again.
- Benjamin Franklin | One Day Quotes
Happiness is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day.
- Benjamin Franklin | One Day Quotes
Follow your bliss. -Joseph Campbell Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.
- Benjamin Franklin | One Day Quotes
One today is worth two tomorrows.
- Benjamin Franklin | The Present Quotes
Today is yesterday's pupil.
- Benjamin Franklin | The Present Quotes
Fatigue is the best pillow.
- Benjamin Franklin | Evenings Quotes
He that can have patience can have what he will.
- Benjamin Franklin | Difficult Days Quotes
Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.
- Benjamin Franklin | Difficult Days Quotes
If you would be loved, love and be lovable.
- Benjamin Franklin | Positive Quotes
Energy and persistence conquer all things.
- Benjamin Franklin | Enthusiasm Quotes
There is a difference between imitating a good man and counterfeiting him.
- Benjamin Franklin | Role Models Quotes
When confronted with two courses of action I jot down on a piece of paper all the arguments in favor of each one, then on the opposite side I write the arguments against each one. Then by weighing the arguments pro and con and cancelling them out, one against the other, I take the course indicated by what remains.
- Benjamin Franklin | Decisions Quotes
The secret of success is constancy to purpose.
- Benjamin Franklin | Goals Quotes
The way to be safe is never to be secure.
- Benjamin Franklin | Security Quotes
Well done is better than well said.
- Benjamin Franklin | Getting Going Quotes
Thirteen virtues necessary for true success: temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity, and humility.
- Benjamin Franklin | Success Quotes
Success has ruined many a man.
- Benjamin Franklin | Success Quotes
Diligence is the mother of good luck, and God gives all things to industry.
- Benjamin Franklin | Luck Quotes
He that waits upon fortune is never sure of a dinner.
- Benjamin Franklin | Opportunities Quotes
Perform without fail what you resolve.
- Benjamin Franklin | Commitment and Belief Quotes
Diligence is the mother of good luck, and God gives all things to industry.
- Benjamin Franklin | Work Quotes
God helps them that helps themselves.
- Benjamin Franklin | Action Quotes
Little strokes fell great oaks.
- Benjamin Franklin | Time Quotes
Human felicity is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen as by little advantages that occur every day.
- Benjamin Franklin | Time Quotes
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; for want of a horse, the battle was lost; for want of the battle, the war was lost.
- Benjamin Franklin | Time Quotes
To be thrown upon one's own resources is to be cast into the very lap of fortune, for our faculties then undergo a development and display an energy of which they were previously unsusceptible.
- Benjamin Franklin | Adversity Quotes
Those things that hurt, instruct.
- Benjamin Franklin | Adversity Quotes
Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
- Benjamin Franklin | Companionship Quotes
Without love, what are we worth? Eighty-nine cents! Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely.
- Benjamin Franklin | Companionship Quotes
He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
- Benjamin Franklin | Introspection Quotes
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin | Life Quotes
If you would be loved, love and be lovable.
- Benjamin Franklin | Lighten up Quotes
Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion.
- Benjamin Franklin | Wealth Quotes
Wealth is not his that has it, but his who enjoys it.
- Benjamin Franklin | Wealth Quotes
At 20 years of age the will reigns, at 30 the wit; at 40 the judgment.
- Benjamin Franklin | Age Quotes
A single man has not nearly the value he would have in a state of union. He is an incomplete animal. He resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors.
- Benjamin Franklin | Bachelor Quotes
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 care about a horseshoe nail.
- Benjamin Franklin | Carelessness Quotes
Carelessness does more harm than a want of knowledge.
- Benjamin Franklin | Carelessness Quotes
Little boats should keep near shore.
- Benjamin Franklin | Caution Quotes
Teach your child to hold his tongue, He'll learn fast enough to speak.
- Benjamin Franklin | Childhood Quotes
It is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.
- Benjamin Franklin | Desire Quotes
Eat to please thyself, but dress to please others.
- Benjamin Franklin | Dress Quotes
Early to bed and early to rise, Makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
- Benjamin Franklin | Early Rising Quotes
Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.
- Benjamin Franklin | Economy Quotes
If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him.
- Benjamin Franklin | Education Quotes
None preaches better than the ant, and she says nothing.
- Benjamin Franklin | Example Quotes
A cheerful face is nearly as good for an invalid as healthy weather.
- Benjamin Franklin | Face Quotes
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.
- Benjamin Franklin | Fame Quotes
There are three faithful friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.
- Benjamin Franklin | Friends Quotes
Keep flax from fire, youth from gaming.
- Benjamin Franklin | Gambling Quotes
We must all hang together, else we shalFall hang separately.
- Benjamin Franklin | Hanging Quotes
Take time for all things.
- Benjamin Franklin | Haste Quotes
After crosses and losses, men grow humbler and wiser.
- Benjamin Franklin | Humility Quotes
In humility imitate Jesus and Socrates.
- Benjamin Franklin | Humility Quotes
Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.
- Benjamin Franklin | Law Quotes
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
- Benjamin Franklin | Liberty Quotes
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin | Life Quotes
If you would be loved, love and be lovable.
- Benjamin Franklin | Love Quotes
Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.
- Benjamin Franklin | Marriage Quotes
God heals and the doctor takes the fee.
- Benjamin Franklin | Medicine Quotes
He's the best physician that knows the worthlessness of the most medicines.
- Benjamin Franklin | Medicine Quotes
If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.
- Benjamin Franklin | Money Quotes
Let they child's first lesson be obedience, and the second will be what thou wilt.
- Benjamin Franklin | Obedience Quotes
Plough deep while sluggards sleep.
- Benjamin Franklin | Opportunity Quotes
He that can have patience can have what he will.
- Benjamin Franklin | Patience Quotes
Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.
- Benjamin Franklin | Peace Quotes
Pride that dines on vanity, sups on contempt.
- Benjamin Franklin | Pride Quotes
The proud hate pride - in others.
- Benjamin Franklin | Pride Quotes
If principle is good for anything, it is worth living up to.
- Benjamin Franklin | Principle Quotes
Mine is better than ours.
- Benjamin Franklin | Property Quotes
Mine is better than ours.
- Benjamin Franklin | Property Quotes
The best is the cheapest.
- Benjamin Franklin | Quality Quotes
If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be without it?
- Benjamin Franklin | Religion Quotes
He that can take rest is greater than he that can take cities.
- Benjamin Franklin | Rest Quotes
He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
- Benjamin Franklin | Self-Love Quotes
Fatigue is the best pillow.
- Benjamin Franklin | Sleep Quotes
Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin | Time Quotes
One today is worth two tomorrows.
- Benjamin Franklin | Today Quotes
Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
- Benjamin Franklin | Tomorrow Quotes
We must all hang together or assuredly we shall hang separately.
- Benjamin Franklin | Union Quotes
There never was a good war or a bad peace.
- Benjamin Franklin | War Quotes
If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as of getting.
- Benjamin Franklin | Wealth Quotes
An undutiful Daughter will prove an unmanageable Wife.
- Benjamin Franklin | Wife Quotes
Some are weather-wise, some are otherwise.
- Benjamin Franklin | Wise Quotes
If a man could half his wishes he would double his Troubles.
- Benjamin Franklin | Wish Quotes
Handle your tools without mittens.
- Benjamin Franklin | Work Quotes
A ploughman on his legs is higher than a gentleman on his knees.
- Benjamin Franklin | Work Quotes
But in this world nothing is sure but death and taxes.
- Benjamin Franklin | World Quotes
Reckless youth makes rueful age.
- Benjamin Franklin | Youth Quotes
If you would be loved, love and be lovable.
- Benjamin Franklin | Romantic Quotes
If you would be loved, love and be lovable.
- Benjamin Franklin | Romantic Quotes
If you would be loved, love and be lovable.
- Benjamin Franklin | Romantic Quotes
If you would be loved, love and be lovable.
- Benjamin Franklin | Romantic Quotes
If you would be loved, love and be lovable.
- Benjamin Franklin | Romantic Quotes
If you would be loved, love and be lovable.
- Benjamin Franklin | Romantic Quotes
If you would be loved, love and be lovable.
- Benjamin Franklin | Romantic Quotes
If you would be loved, love and be lovable.
- Benjamin Franklin | Romantic Quotes


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