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Quotes by Benjamin Franklin

  • American politician
  • Born January 17, 1706
  • Died April 17, 1790

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was a renowned polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions.


I guess I don't so much mind being old, as I mind being fat and old.




He that can have patience can have what he will.




The use of money is all the advantage there is in having it.




Fatigue is the best pillow.




God helps those who help themselves.




He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.




Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.




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




Applause waits on success.




He that's secure is not safe.




If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.




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




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


If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.


In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it.




Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good.




All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.




He that has not got a wife is not yet a complete man.




For my own part, I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen the representative of our country. He is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his living honestly.


Nine men in ten are would be suicides.




Gain may be temporary and uncertain; but ever while you live, expense is constant and certain: and it is easier to build two chimneys than to keep one in fuel.




Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain the lazy one never.




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




Beware the hobby that eats.




I have no private interest in the reception of my inventions by the world, having never made, nor proposed to make, the least profit by any of them.




Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them.




In reality, there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride.




An egg today is better than a hen to-morrow.


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




Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble.



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