Benjamin Franklin Quotes

By | 09.08.2022

Time is money. Benjamin Franklin quotes

He that can have patience can have what he will. Benjamin Franklin

A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. Benjamin Franklin

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Benjamin Franklin

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. Benjamin Franklin

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. Benjamin Franklin

The wit of conversation consists more in finding it in others, than showing a great deal yourself. He who goes out of your company pleased with his own facetiousness and ingenuity, will the sooner come into it again. Benjamin Franklin

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin

Honesty is the best policy. Benjamin Franklin

Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75. Benjamin Franklin

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead. Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack

Be not sick too late, nor well too soon. Benjamin Franklin

Early to bed, and early to rise, Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. Benjamin Franklin

Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead. Benjamin Franklin

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. Benjamin Franklin

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin

There are two ways of being happy — we may either diminish our wants or augment our means — either will do, the result is the same; and it is for each man to decide for himself, and do that which happens to be the easiest. If you are idle or sick or poor, however hard it may be to diminish your wants, it will be harder to augment your means. Benjamin Franklin

Success has ruined many a man. Benjamin Franklin

Energy and persistence conquer all things.  Benjamin Franklin

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Benjamin Franklin

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn. Benjamin Franklin

If you are active and prosperous, or young, or in good health, it may be easier for you to augment your means than to diminish your wants. But if you are wise, you will do both at the same time, young or old, rich or poor, sick or well; and if you are wise, you will do both in such a way as to augment the general happiness of society. Benjamin Franklin

Necessity never made a good bargain. Benjamin Franklin

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.  Benjamin Franklin

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame. Benjamin Franklin

Fear to do ill, and you need fear naught else. Benjamin Franklin

Marry’d in haste, we oft repent at leisure. Benjamin Franklin

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man. Benjamin Franklin

You may delay, but time will not. Benjamin Franklin

Some, to make themselves considerable, pursue learning; others grasp at wealth; some aim at being thought witty; and others are only careful to make the most of a handsome person; but what is wit, or wealth, or form, or learning, when compared with virtue? It is true we love the handsome, we applaud the learned, and we fear the rich and powerful; but we even worship and adore the virtuous. Benjamin Franklin

Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him. Benjamin Franklin

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned. Benjamin Franklin

A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one. Benjamin Franklin

God helps them that helps themselves. Benjamin Franklin

Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days. Benjamin Franklin

Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five. Benjamin Franklin

It is a common error in friends, when they would extol their friends, to make comparisons, and to depreciate the merits of others. Benjamin Franklin

Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such thing as Wisdom; and no such thing as public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech. Benjamin Franklin

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight. Benjamin Franklin

Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead. Benjamin Franklin

In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria. Benjamin Franklin

Each year one vicious habit rooted out, in time might make the worst man good throughout. Benjamin Franklin

When you are finished changing, you’re finished. Benjamin Franklin

It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it. Benjamin Franklin

Never ruin an apology with an excuse. Benjamin Franklin

A new truth is a truth, an old error is an error. Benjamin Franklin

Trust thy self, and another shall not betray thee. Benjamin Franklin

Well done is better than well said. Benjamin Franklin

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid. Benjamin Franklin

Having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information or fuller consideration to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. Benjamin Franklin

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of. Benjamin Franklin

When in doubt, don’t. Benjamin Franklin

Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. Benjamin Franklin

The way to secure peace is to be prepared for war. They that are on their guard, and appear ready to receive their adversaries, are in much less danger of being attacked, than the supine, secure, and negligent. Benjamin Franklin

To lengthen thy life lessen thy meals. Benjamin Franklin

I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. Benjamin Franklin

Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal. Benjamin Franklin

A fat kitchen makes a lean will. Benjamin Franklin

God heals and the doctor takes the fees. Benjamin Franklin

I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. Benjamin Franklin

Don’t go to the doctor with every distemper, nor to the lawyer with every quarrel, nor to the pot for every thirst. Benjamin Franklin

If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some; for he that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing. Benjamin Franklin

Genius without education is like silver in the mine. Benjamin Franklin

I never saw an oft-removed tree, nor yet an oft-removed family, that throve so well as those that settled be. Benjamin Franklin

No nation was ever ruined by trade. Benjamin Franklin

Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn. Benjamin Franklin

We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately. Benjamin Franklin

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin

Whate’ers begun in anger ends in shame. Benjamin Franklin

The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance. Benjamin Franklin

Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. Benjamin Franklin

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Benjamin Franklin

The worship of God is a duty; the hearing and reading of sermons may be useful; but if men rest in hearing and praying, as too many do, it is as if a tree should value itself in being watered and putting forth leaves, tho’ it never produced any fruit. Benjamin Franklin

He that lives upon hope will die fasting. Benjamin Franklin

Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.  Benjamin Franklin

How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts! Benjamin Franklin

Eat to live, and not live to eat. Benjamin Franklin

A countryman between 2 Lawyers, is like a fish between two cats. Benjamin Franklin

Tis a great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults; greater to tell him his. Benjamin Franklin

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. Benjamin Franklin

A great talker may be no fool, but he is one that relies on him. Benjamin Franklin

Little strokes fell great oaks. Benjamin Franklin

When you incline to have new clothes, look first well over the old ones, and see if you cannot shift with them another year, either by scouring, mending, or even patching if necessary. Remember, a patch on your coat, and money in your pocket, is better and more creditable, than a writ on your back, and no money to take it off. Benjamin Franklin

Experience keeps a dear school, yet fools will learn in no other. Benjamin Franklin

Never confuse motion with action. Benjamin Franklin

Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants. Benjamin Franklin

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin, The Way to Wealth: Ben Franklin on Money and Success

When there is so much to be done for yourself, your family, and your country, be up by peep of day! Let not the sun look down and say, ‘Inglorious here he lies! Benjamin Franklin

There never was a good war, or a bad peace. I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion about the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. Benjamin Franklin

Hide not your talents, they for use were made, What’s a sundial in the shade? Benjamin Franklin

Don’t misinform your Doctor nor your Lawyer. Benjamin Franklin

Saying and Doing, have quarrel’d and parted. Benjamin Franklin

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. Benjamin Franklin

Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don’t have brains enough to be honest. Benjamin Franklin

It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority. Benjamin Franklin

To expect people to be good, to be just, to be temperate, etc., without showing them how they should become so, seems like the ineffectual charity mentioned by the apostle, which consisted in saying to the hungry, the cold and the naked, be ye fed, be ye warmed, be ye clothed, without showing them how they should get food, fire or clothing. Benjamin Franklin

The Game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired and strengthened by it, so as to become habits ready on all occasions; for life is a kind of Chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with, and in which there is a vast variety of good and ill events, that are, in some degree, the effect of prudence, or the want of it. By playing at Chess then, we may learn: 1st, Foresight, which looks a little into futurity, and considers the consequences that may attend an action … 2nd, Circumspection, which surveys the whole Chess-board, or scene of action: – the relation of the several Pieces, and their situations; … 3rd, Caution, not to make our moves too hastily. Benjamin Franklin

When you’re testing to see how deep water is,never use two feet. Ben Franklin

Lost Time is never found again. Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack

He’s the best physician that knows the worthlessness of the most medicines. Benjamin Franklin

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote! Benjamin Franklin

To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions. Benjamin Franklin

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. Benjamin Franklin

Would you live with ease, do what you ought and not what you please. Benjamin Franklin

Reading makes a full Man, Meditation a profound Man, Discourse a clear Man. Benjamin Franklin

To find out a girl’s faults, praise her to her girlfriends. Benjamin Franklin

Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy. Benjamin Franklin

Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle. Ben Franklin

Man and woman have each of them qualities and tempers in which the other is deficient, and which in union contribute to the common felicity. Benjamin Franklin

Pride that dines on vanity, sups on contempt. Benjamin Franklin

One today is worth two tomorrows. Benjamin Franklin

If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed. Benjamin Franklin

God heals, and the Doctor takes the Fees. Benjamin Franklin

A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines. Benjamin Franklin

It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man. Benjamin Franklin

I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. Benjamin Franklin

He that is known to pay punctually and exactly to the time he promises, may at any time, and on any occasion, raise all the money his friends can spare. Benjamin Franklin

Keep the eyes wide open before marriage and half shut afterwards. Benjamin Franklin

To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals. Benjamin Franklin

Half a truth is often a great lie. Benjamin Franklin

The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

This is sometimes of great use. Benjamin Franklin

Laws like to Cobwebs catch small Flies, Great ones break thro’ before your eyes. Benjamin Franklin

Speak little, do much. Benjamin Franklin

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards. Benjamin Franklin

When I am employed in serving others, I do not look upon myself as conferring favors, but as paying debts. I have received much kindness from men to whom I shall never have an opportunity of making the least direct returns; and numberless mercies from God, who is infinitely above being benefited by our services. Those kindnesses from men I can, therefore, only return on their fellow-men, and I can only show my gratitude for those mercies from God by a readiness to help His other children. Benjamin Franklin

Wink at small faults; remember thou hast great ones. Benjamin Franklin

Life, like a dramatic piece, should not only be conducted with regularity, but it should finish handsomely. Benjamin Franklin

There are no fools so troublesome as those that have wit. Benjamin Franklin

God helps them who help themselves. Benjamin Franklin

In 200 years will people remember us as traitors or heros? That is the question we must ask. Benjamin Franklin

When you’re finished changing, you’re finished. Benjamin Franklin

Men are subject to various inconveniences merely through lack of a small share of courage, which is a quality very necessary in the common occurrences of life, as well as in a battle. How many impertinences do we daily suffer with great uneasiness, because we have not courage enough to discover our dislike. Benjamin Franklin

I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country; he is a bird of bad moral character; like those among men who live by sharping and robbing, he is generally poor, and often very lousy. The turkey is a much more respectable bird. Benjamin Franklin

Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances. Benjamin Franklin

Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God. Benjamin Franklin

The art of getting riches consists very much in thrift. All men are not equally qualified for getting money, but it is in the power of every one alike to practice this virtue. Benjamin Franklin

Beware of meat twice boil’d, and an old foe reconcil’d. Benjamin Franklin

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. Benjamin Franklin

Having been poor is no shame, being ashamed of it is. Benjamin Franklin

The most exquisite Folly is made of Wisdom spun too fine. Benjamin Franklin

If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles. Benjamin Franklin

Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow. Benjamin Franklin

If a sound body and a sound mind, which is as much as to say health and virtue, are to be preferred before all other considerations, ought not men, in choosing a business either for themselves or children, to refuse such as are unwholesome for the body, and such as make a man too dependent, too much obliged to please others, and too much subjected to their humors in order to be recommended and get a livelihood? Benjamin Franklin

He that falls in love with himself, will have no Rivals. Benjamin Franklin

Security without liberty is called prison. Benjamin Franklin

Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade? Benjamin Franklin

Our opinions are not in our own power; they are formed and governed much by circumstances that are often as inexplicable as they are irresistible. Benjamin Franklin

Great Estates may venture more, But little Boats should keep near Shore. Benjamin Franklin

Better slip with foot than tongue. Benjamin Franklin

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing. Benjamin Franklin

After all, wedlock is the natural state of man. A bachelor is not a complete human being. He is like the odd half of a pair of scissors, which has not yet found its fellow, and therefore is not even half so useful as they might be together. Benjamin Franklin

The Doors of Wisdom are never shut. Benjamin Franklin

In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin

I would advise you to read with a pen in hand, and enter in a little book short hints of what you find that is curious, or that may be useful; for this will be the best method of imprinting such particulars in your memory. Benjamin Franklin

Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. Benjamin Franklin

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins. Benjamin Franklin

By the collision of different sentiments, sparks of truth are struck out, and political light is obtained. The different factions, which at present divide us, aim all at the public good; the differences are only about the various modes of promoting it. Benjamin Franklin

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