Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, 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. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass ‘armonica’. He formed both the first public lending library in America and the first fire department in Pennsylvania. (wikipedia)
Quotes by Benjamin Franklin: (wiki | thinkexist | brainyquote)
A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.
A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.
A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
A small leak can sink a great ship.
Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.
Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.
All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.
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.
Applause waits on success.
As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.
At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.
Beauty and folly are old companions.
Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.
Beware the hobby that eats.
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.
Diligence is the mother of good luck.
Distrust and caution are the parents of security.
Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them.
Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.
Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.
Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good.
Eat to please thyself, but dress to please others.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to gain leisure.
Energy and persistence conquer all things.
Experience is a dear teacher, but fools will learn at no other.
Fatigue is the best pillow.
Games lubricate the body and the mind.
Genius without education is like silver in the mine.
Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.
Half a truth is often a great lie.
Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.
He does not possess wealth; it possesses him.
He that can have patience can have what he will.
He that composes himself is wiser than he that composes a book.
He that has done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
He that won’t be counseled can’t be helped.
He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.
Hear reason, or she’ll make you feel her.
Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?
How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.
Hunger is the best pickle.
I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things.
I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.
I guess I don’t so much mind being old, as I mind being fat and old.
I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning.
I should have no objection to go over the same life from its beginning to the end: requesting only the advantage authors have, of correcting in a second edition the faults of the first.
I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.
If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.
If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him.
If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
If you desire many things, many things will seem few.
If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher’s stone.
In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.
In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it.
It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness and I pronounce it as certain that there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.
It is the eye of other people that ruin us. If I were blind I would want, neither fine clothes, fine houses or fine furniture.
It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.
It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.
Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
Life’s Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.
Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it.
Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five.
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.
Most people return small favors, acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones – with ingratitude.
Never confuse motion with action.
Nine men in ten are would be suicides.
Observe all men, thyself most.
Our necessities never equal our wants.
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.
Savages we call them because their manners differ from ours.
She laughs at everything you say. Why? Because she has fine teeth.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.
The use of money is all the advantage there is in having it.
The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason.
The worst wheel of the cart makes the most noise.
There are three faithful friends – an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.
There was never a good war, or a bad peace.
Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.
Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don’t have brains enough to be honest.
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
When in doubt, don’t.
When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.
Where there’s marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.
Who had deceived thee so often as thyself?
Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it.
Words may show a man’s wit but actions his meaning.
Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble.