Benjamin Franklin

+ 280 Energy and persistence conquer all things. Benjamin Franklin


+ 184 Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them. Benjamin Franklin


+ 162 A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats. Benjamin Franklin


+ 171 A good conscience is a continual Christmas. Benjamin Franklin


+ 286 If you would be loved, love, and be loveable. Benjamin Franklin


+ 224 A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over. Benjamin Franklin


+ 230 All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse. Benjamin Franklin


+ 206 In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin


+ 167 Well done is better than well said. Benjamin Franklin


+ 171 Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to get leisure. Benjamin Franklin


+ 137 All would live long, but none would be old. Benjamin Franklin


+ 167 An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin


+ 182 Anger is never without Reason, but seldom with a good One. Benjamin Franklin


+ 183 At 20 years of age the will reigns, at 30 the wit, at 40 the judgment. Benjamin Franklin


+ 186 Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none. Benjamin Franklin


+ 161 Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing. Benjamin Franklin


+ 160 Beware of the young doctor and the old barber. Benjamin Franklin


+ 152 By my rambling digressions I perceive myself to be growing old. Benjamin Franklin


+ 133 Content makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor. Benjamin Franklin


+ 193 Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight. Benjamin Franklin


+ 142 Drive thy business or it will drive thee. Benjamin Franklin


+ 167 Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to get leisure. Benjamin Franklin


+ 209 Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society. Benjamin Franklin


+ 192 Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. Benjamin Franklin


+ 177 Genius without education is like silver in the mine. Benjamin Franklin


+ 166 Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked, and never well mended. Benjamin Franklin


+ 177 God heals, and the doctor takes the fees. Benjamin Franklin


+ 141 Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is. Benjamin Franklin


+ 153 He is ill clothed that is bare of virtue. Benjamin Franklin


+ 197 He that blows the coals in quarrels that he has nothing to do with, has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face. Benjamin Franklin


+ 156 He that can have patience can have what he will. Benjamin Franklin


+ 214 He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals. Benjamin Franklin


+ 173 He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. Benjamin Franklin


+ 178 He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money. Benjamin Franklin


+ 167 He that lives upon hope will die fasting. Benjamin Franklin


+ 182 He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows nor judge all he sees. Benjamin Franklin


+ 177 Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sun-dial in the shade? Benjamin Franklin


+ 178 How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, his precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments. Benjamin Franklin


+ 136 I am in the prime of senility. Benjamin Franklin


+ 183 If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin


+ 178 If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher's stone. Benjamin Franklin


+ 173 If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting. Benjamin Franklin


+ 202 If you would know the value of money, go try to borrow some; for he that goes a-borrowing goes a-sorrowing. Benjamin Franklin


+ 171 If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write something worth reading or do things worth the writing. Benjamin Franklin


+ 192 If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect. Benjamin Franklin


+ 166 If you wouldst live long, live well, for folly and wickedness shorten life. Benjamin Franklin


+ 160 If your head is wax, don't walk in the sun. Benjamin Franklin


+ 203 Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults. Benjamin Franklin


+ 211 Love your enemies; for they shall tell you all your faults. Benjamin Franklin


+ 192 Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today. Benjamin Franklin


+ 194 Old boys have their playthings as well as young ones; the difference is only in the price. Benjamin Franklin


+ 161 Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God. Benjamin Franklin


+ 183 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


+ 182 Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices. Benjamin Franklin


+ 217 Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry, all things easy. He that rises late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night, while laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him. Benjamin Franklin


+ 200 So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do. Benjamin Franklin


+ 199 There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government. Benjamin Franklin


+ 169 Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead. Benjamin Franklin


+ 182 Well done is better than well said. Benjamin Franklin


+ 225 Were it offered to my choice, I should have no objection to a repetition of the same life from its beginning, only asking the advantages authors have in a second edition to correct some faults in the first. Benjamin Franklin


+ 147 Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody. Benjamin Franklin


+ 193 Who is wise? He that learns from every One.
Who is powerful? He that governs his Passions.
Who is rich? He that is content.
Who is that? Nobody.
Benjamin Franklin


+ 169 You may delay, but time will not. Benjamin Franklin


+ 202 Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of. Benjamin Franklin


+ 238 Perhaps the history of the errors of mankind, all things considered, is more valuable and interesting than that of their discoveries. Truth is uniform and narrow; it constantly exists, and does not seem to require so much an active energy, as a passive aptitude of the soul in order to encounter it. But error is endlessly diversified; it has no reality, but is the pure and simple creation of the mind that invents it. In this field the soul has room enough to expand herself, to display all her boundless faculties, and all her beautiful and interesting extravagancies and absurdities. Benjamin Franklin, from his report to the King of France on Animal Magnetism, 1784


+ 195 Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759


+ 204 But in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin, Letter to Jean Baptiste Le Roy (1789)


+ 194 Take it from Richard, poor and lame, what's begun in anger ends in shame. Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac


+ 183 Fish and visitors smell in three days. Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1736


+ 172 To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals. Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1737


+ 190 Wish not so much to live long as to live well. Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1738


+ 167 Creditors have better memories than debtors. Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richardís Almanac (1758)


+ 196 Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. Benjamin Franklin


+ 174 Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones. Benjamin Franklin


+ 14 By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Benjamin Franklin


+ 16 Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. Benjamin Franklin


+ 14 Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. Benjamin Franklin


+ 21 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


+ 25 The doors of wisdom are never shut. Benjamin Franklin