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Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) quotes

 

  • A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.
  • A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.
  • A penny saved is a penny earned.
  • A place for everything, everything in its place.
  • A small leak can sink a great ship.
  • An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
  • Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.
  • Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.
  • Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
  • At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.
  • By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
  • Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.
  • Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.
  • Creditors have better memories than debtors.
  • Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
  • Experience is a dear teacher, but fools will learn at no other.
  • God helps those who help themselves.
  • Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.
  • He does not possess wealth; it possesses him.
  • He that won't be counseled can't be helped.
  • It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.
  • Life's tragedy is that we got old to soon and wise too late.
  • Necessity never made a good bargain.
  • Rather go to bed with out dinner than to rise in debt.
  • Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.
  • Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
  • There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.
  • There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.
  • There was never a good war, or a bad peace.
  • Time is money.
  • To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.
  • Tommorow, every fault is to be amended; but tommorow never comes.
  • When befriended, remember it; when you befriend, forget it.
  • When in doubt, don't.
  • Where liberty is, there is my country.
  • Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.
  • Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning.
  • Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tommorow.
  • Write your injuries in dust, your benefits in marble.