Benjamin Franklin Quotes


By heaven we understand a state of happiness infinite in degree, and endless in duration.
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
He that's secure is not safe.
Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
Any fool can criticise, condemn and complain, and most fools do.
I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work.
There was never a good war or a bad peace.
Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
Anger is never without a reason but seldom a good one.
Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.
Wealth is not his that has it, but his who enjoys it.
He does not possess wealth; it possesses him.
No nation was ever ruined by trade.
The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Read much, but not many books.
Most fools think they are only ignorant.
It isn't what you know that counts, it's what you think of in time.
He's a fool who cannot conceal his wisdom.
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.
Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.
He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue. It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.
Most people dislike Vanity in others, whatever Share they have of it themselves, but I give it fair Quarter wherever I meet with it, being persuaded that it is often productive of Good to the Possessor and to others that are within his Sphere of Action: And therefore in many Cases it would not be quite absurd if a Man were to thank God for his Vanity among the other Comforts of Life.
Never confuse motion with action.
Serving God is doing good to man, but praying is thought an easier service and therefore more generally chosen.
I am about courting a girl I have had but little acquaintance with. How shall I come to a knowledge of her faults, and whether she has the virtues I imagine she has? Answer. Commend her among her female acquaintances.
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.
He is ill clothed, who is bare of virtue.
If time be of all things 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.
Don't throw stones at your neighbors', if your own windows are glass.
Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.
To the discontented man no chair is easy.
Never leave that till to-morrow which you can do to-day.
Fish and visitors smell after three days.
After three days men grow weary of a wench, a guest, and rainy weather.
The absent are never without fault. Nor the present without excuse.
They that will not be counseled, cannot be helped. If you do not hear reason she will rap you on the knuckles.
If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.
All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.
If you can't pay for a thing, don't buy it. If you can't get paid for it, don't sell it. Do this, and you will have calm and drowsy nights, with all of the good business you have now and none of the bad. If you have time, don't wait for time.
I think that a young state, like a young virgin, should modestly stay at home, and wait the application of suitors for an alliance with her; and not run about offering her amity to all the world; and hazarding their refusal. Our virgin is a jolly one; and tho at present not very rich, will in time be a great fortune, and where she has a favorable predisposition, it seems to me well worth cultivating.
Think of these things, whence you came, where you are going, and to whom you must account.
Great beauty, great strength, and great riches are really and truly of no great use; a right heart exceeds all.
Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
Content makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor.
I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even infinitely above it.
Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He who is content. Who is that? Nobody.
When you're finished changing, you're finished.
We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest.
A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two different things.
If you wouldst live long, live well; for folly and wickedness shorten life.
Would you live with ease, do what you ought, and not what you please.
Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half shut afterwards.
Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.
I know not which lives more unnatural lives, obeying husbands, or commanding wives.
Thou shall eat to live, not live to eat.
There are three great friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.
He that lies down with dogs, shall rise up with fleas.
Remember that time is money.
Those disputing, contradicting, and confuting people are generally unfortunate in their affairs. They get victory, sometimes, but they never get good will, which would be of more use to them.
Energy and persistence conquer all thing.
Kill no more pigeons than you can eat.
Genius without education is like silver in the mine.
Diligence is the mother of good luck.
What has become clear to you since we last met?
Experience is a dear teacher, but fools will learn at no other.
Games lubricate the body and the mind.
The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.
To err is human, to repent divine, to persist devilish.
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.
I have met the enemy, and it is the eyes of other people.
There is no little enemy.
Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.
Well done, is better than well said.
Many a long dispute among divines may be thus abridged: It is so. It is not so. It is so. It is not so.
Marry your son when you will, but you daughter when you can.
Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.

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