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Benjamin Franklin Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Benjamin Franklin.

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain,
and most fools do.
- Benjamin Franklin

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A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
- Benjamin Franklin

He that would fish, must venture his bait.
- Benjamin Franklin

Necessity never made a good bargain.
- Benjamin Franklin

 

Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.
- Benjamin Franklin

Well done is better than well said.
- Benjamin Franklin

A penny saved is a penny earned.
- Benjamin Franklin [attributed]

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Half a truth is often a great lie.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

When the well's dry, we know the worth of water.
- Benjamin Franklin

It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.
- Benjamin Franklin

A good example is the best sermon.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

A little neglect may breed great mischief.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
- Benjamin Franklin

Little strokes,
Fell great oaks.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

I am the lord of myself, accountable to none.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

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

The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.
- Benjamin Franklin [attributed]

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

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

What you seem to be, be really.
- Benjamin Franklin

Does thou love life? Then do not squander time;
for that's the stuff life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin

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.
- Benjamin Franklin

Silence is not always a Sign of Wisdom,
but Babbling is ever a folly.
- Benjamin Franklin

Energy and persistence conquer all things.
- Benjamin Franklin

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.
- 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

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

Doing an injury puts you below your enemy;
revenging one make you but even with him;
forgiving it sets you above him.
- Benjamin Franklin [attributed]

A benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself,
to keep his friends in countenance.
- Benjamin Franklin

They who can give up essential liberty
to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

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

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

Make yourself sheep and the wolves will eat you.
- Benjamin Franklin

One good Husband is worth two good Wives;
for the scarcer things are, the more they're valued.
- Benjamin Franklin

Never has there been a good war or a bad peace.
- Benjamin Franklin

He that hath a Trade, hath an Estate.
- Benjamin Franklin

Love your Neighbor; yet don't pull down your Hedge.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

People who are wrapped up in themselves make small packages.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

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

There was never a good war or a bad peace.
- Benjamin Franklin

A small leak can sink a great ship.
- Benjamin Franklin

Applause waits on success.
- Benjamin Franklin

Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.
- Benjamin Franklin

A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.
- Benjamin Franklin

Hunger is the best pickle.
- Benjamin Franklin

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
- Benjamin Franklin

All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.
- Benjamin Franklin

Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.
- Benjamin Franklin

A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.
- Benjamin Franklin

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

At twenty years of age the will reigns;
at thirty, the wit;
and at forty, the judgment.
- Benjamin Franklin

A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things.
There will be sleeping enough in the grave.
- Benjamin Franklin

All who think cannot but see there is a sanction like
that of religion which binds us in partnership in the
serious work of the world.
- Benjamin Franklin

All mankind is divided into three classes:
those that are immovable,
those that are movable, and those that move.
- Benjamin Franklin

And whether you're an honest man, or whether you're a thief,
depends on whose solicitor has given me my brief.
- Benjamin Franklin

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Change of any sort requires courage.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare


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