He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them.
Genius without education is like silver in the mine.
Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.
While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.
Diligence is the mother of good luck.
Diligence is the mother of good luck, and God gives all things to industry. Work while it is called today, for you know not how much you may be hindered by tomorrow. One today is worth two tomorrows; never leave that till tomorrow which you can do to-day.
Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.
Lost time is never found again.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion.
God helps those who help themselves.
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.
Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.
We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.
Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good.
If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.
Energy and persistence conquer all things.
A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
He that composes himself is wiser than he that composes a book.
A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
I didn't fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.
In success be moderate.
Make the best use of both time and money. Add industry and frugal dealings if they pay very well and if you're free to it.
When you're finished changing, you're finished.
A word to the wise is enough, and many words won't fill a bushel.
The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.
The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason: The Morning Daylight appears plainer when you put out your Candle.
The best of all medicines are resting and fasting.
Great spenders are bad lenders.
Keep Conscience clear, then never fear.
He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
An Egg to day is better than a Hen to-morrow.
Little leaks sink the ship.
There are two ways to increase your wealth. Increase your means or decrease your wants. The best is to do both at the same time.
The poor have little; beggars, none; the rich, too much; enough, not one.
Beware of meat twice boiled, and an old foe reconciled.
Temperance puts wood on the fire, meal in the barrel, flour in the tub, money in the purse, credit in the country, contentment in the house, clothes on the back, and vigor in the body.
Neglect kills injuries, revenge increases them.
When befriended, remember it; when you befriend, forget it.
Where liberty dwells there is my country.
Time is the stuff life is made of.
Virtue alone is sufficient to make a man great, glorious, and happy.
If you want to make a friend, let someone do you a favor.
Let no pleasure tempt thee, no profit allure thee, no persuasion move thee, to do anything which thou knowest to be evil; so shalt thou always live jollity; for a good conscience is a continual Christmas.
Hide not your talents, they for use were made,
What's a sundial in the shade?
Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried with fewer tensions and more tolerance.
A long life may not be good enough, but a good life is long enough.
Take counsel in wine, but resolve afterwards in water.
Don't halloo until you're out of the wood.
Let thy discontents be thy secrets; if the world knows them 'twill despise thee and increase them.
The best way to see Faith is to shut the eye of Reason.
Don't overload Gratitude; if you do, she'll kick.
Fatigue is the best pillow.
Be civil to all; serviceable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.
Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.
Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it.
Do not let fancy outrun your means.
The things which hurt, instruct.
Success is the residue of planning.
Here's to our beloved George Washington, the Joshua of America, who commanded the sun and the moon to stand still -- and they obeyed.
What is a butterfly? At best
He's but a caterpiller drest.
The gaudy Fop's his picture just.
After getting the first hundred pounds, it is more easy to get the second.
There have been as great souls unknown to fame as any of the most famous.
Our whole life is but a greater and longer childhood.
A Man of Knowledge like a rich Soil, feeds If not a world of Corn, a world of Weeds.
A Republic, if you can keep it.
Women and wine, game and deceit, make the wealth small and the wants great.
If passion drives, let reason hold the reins.
Would you live with ease, Do what you ought, and not what you please.
Marry your son when you will, but you daughter when you can.
If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.
Of learned Fools I have seen ten times ten,
Of unlearned wise men I have seen a hundred.
The sting of a reproach is the truth of it.
Life's Tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.
Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing.
A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned.
Nor eye in a letter, nor hand in a purse, nor ear in the secret of another.
In reality, there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride.
If you, do what you should not, you must bear what you would not.
Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.
One thing I know
I know NOTHING.
He that displays too often his wife and his wallet is in danger of having both of them borrowed.
In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.
Anger and folly walk cheeck by jowl.
A light purse is a heavy curse.
Love well, whip well.
Leisure is the time for doing something useful.
Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain the lazy one never.
You can not pluck roses without fear of thorns, Nor enjoy a fair wife without danger of horns.
Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy.
That it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer, is a Maxim that has been long and generally approved.
There never was a good war, or a bad peace.
He that cannot obey, cannot command.
A little Religion, and a little Honesty, goes a great way in Courts.
I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth -- that God governs in the affairs of men.
The one who fails to prepare is preparing to fail.
Pride is as loud a beggar as want, and a great deal more saucy.
Pride is as loud a beggar as want, and a great deal more saucy. When you have bought one fine thing, you must buy ten more, that your appearance may be all of a piece; but it is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.
Virtue and happiness are mother and daughter.
When the well is dry, they know the worth of water.
That as soon as a party has gained its general point, each member becomes intent upon his particular interest; which, thwarting others, breaks that party into divisions and occasions more confusion.
No man ought to own more property than needed for his livelihood; the rest, by right, belonged to the state.
I resolve to speak ill of no man whatever, not even in a matter of truth; but rather by some means excuse the faults I hear charged upon others, and upon proper occasions speak all the good I know of everybody.
He's a fool that makes his doctor his heir.
On being asked what condition of man he considered the most pitiable: A lonesome man on a rainy day who does not know how to read.
The expenses required to prevent a war are much lighter than those that will, if not prevented, be absolutely necessary to maintain it.
War is when the government tells you who the bad guy is.
Revolution is when you decide that for yourself.
Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.
Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other, and scarce in that.
Lost time can never be found again.
Old boys have their playthings as well as young ones; the difference is only in the price.
What's a Sun-Dial in the shade?
The way to wealth depends on just two words, industry and frugality.
Common sense is something that everyone needs, few have, and none think they lack.
Love your enemies; for they shall tell you all your faults.
Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in the world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.
God bless the King, and grant him long to Reign.
Avarice and Happiness never saw each other, how then should they become acquainted?
As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.
If principle is good for anything, it is worth living up to.
Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
Every pot must sit on its own bottom.
Industry pays debts, while despair increases them.
Gaining money by my industry and frugality, I lived very agreeably..
When you speak to a man, look on his eyes; when he speaks to you, look on his mouth.
He that sows thorns should never go barefoot.
In short, I conceive that great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by the false estimates they have made of the value of things, and by their giving too much for their whistles.
He that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.
Hope is an essential constituent of human life.
Many have quarreled about religion that never practised it.
Wine is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy. The miracle in question was only performed to hasten the operation, under circumstances of present necessity, which required it.
A full Belly makes a dull Brain: The Muses starve in a Cook's Shop.
Whoever shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world.
A policy of life insurance is the cheapest and safest mode of making a certain provision for one's family.
Diligence overcomes difficulties, sloth makes them.
They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security.
The best is the cheapest.
Human happiness comes not from infrequent pieces of good fortune, but from the small improvements to daily life.
Rarely use Venery but for Health or Offspring; Never to Dulness, Weakness, or the Injury of your own or another's Peace or Reputation.
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.
The electrical matter consists of particles extremely subtile, since it can permeate common matter, even the densest metals, with such ease and freedom as not to receive any perceptible resistance.
The electrical matter consists of particles extremely subtile, since it can permeate common matter, even the densest metals, with such ease and freedom as not to receive any perceptible resistance.
If anyone should doubt whether the electrical matter passes through the substance of bodies, or only over along their surfaces, a shock from an electrified large glass jar, taken through his own body, will probably convince him.
Electrical matter differs from common matter in this, that the parts of the latter mutually attract, those of the former mutually repel each other.
I have thought that wild flowers might be the alphabet of angels, -- whereby they write on hills and fields mysterious truths, which it is not given our fallen nature to understand.
One of the greatest tragedies of life is the murder of a beautiful theory by a gang of brutal facts.
In Truth I found myself incorrigible with respect to Order; and now I am grown old, and my Memory bad, I feel very sensibly the want of it.
Those who laugh often never grow old.
It is observable that God has often called men to places of dignity and honor when they have been busy in the honest employment of their vocation.
Disdain the chain, preserve your freedom; and maintain your independency: be industrious and free; be frugal and free.
Youth is pert and positive, Age modest and doubting: So Ears of Corn when young and light, stand bolt upright, but hang their Heads when weighty, full, and ripe.
He that drinks his cider alone, let him catch his horse alone.
He that takes a wife, takes care.
Philosophy as well as foppery often changes fashion.
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.
Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
Proclaim not all thou knowest, all thou owest, all thou hast, nor all thou can'st.
If your riches are yours, why don't you take them with you to the other world?
Don't misinform your Doctor nor your Lawyer.
No man ever was glorious, who was not laborious.
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.
Little strokes fell great oaks.
Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.
It is wise not to seek a secret and honest not to reveal it.
Wise men learn by others' harms; fools by their own.
Suspicion may be no fault, but showing it may be a great one.
Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
Love, Cough, and a Smoke, can't well be hid.
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
A highwayman is as much a robber when he plunders in a gang as when single; and a nation that makes an unjust war is only a great gang.
The thrifty maxim of the wary Dutch, Is to save all the Money they can touch.
Epitaph on a scolding wife by her husband: Here my poor Bridget's corpse doth lie, she is at rest -- and so am I!
A man that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stand a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure too.
Taxes are indeed very heavy --
We are taxed twice as much by our Idleness.
Three times as much by our Pride.
And four times as much by our Folly.
When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?
Not to oversee workmen is to leave them your purse open.
Savages we call them because their manners differ from ours.
Stand firm, don't flutter!
If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.
If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be, as Poor Richard says, "the greatest prodigality'; since, as he elsewhere tells us, 'Lost time is never found again'; and 'What we call time enough always proves little enough'. Let us then up and be doing, and doing to the purpose; so by diligence shall we do more with less perplexity.
He who can have patience can have what he will.
Moses lifting up his wand, and dividing the Red Sea, and Pharaoh in his chariot overwhelmed with the waters. This motto: "Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.
You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.
Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.
I have heard that nothing gives an Author so great Pleasure, as to find his works respectfully quoted by other learned authors.
A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.
It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.
The longer I live the more convinced I become that God governs in the affairs of men. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance.
A fine genius in his own country is like gold in the mine.
Think of these things, whence you came, where you are going, and to whom you must account.
Reckless haste makes poor speed.
No nation was ever ruined by trade.
Since thou are not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour.
I have met the enemy, and it is the eyes of other people.
In free governments the rulers are the servants, and the people their superiors and sovereigns.
If you have time don't wait for time.
If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.
Vessels large may venture more, But little boats should keep near shore.
Drive thy business or it will drive thee.
Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.
An open foe may prove a curse but a pretended friend is worse.
The best tranquilizer is a clear conscience.
Here comes the orator with his flood of words and his drop of reason.
Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.
If we do do not hang together then we will surely hang separately.
A brother may not be a friend, but a friend will always be a brother.
I think this Law, by which I am punished, is both unreasonable in itself, and particularly severe
The people heard it, and approved the doctrine, and immediately practiced the contrary.
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.
Time is an herb that cures all Diseases.
An undutiful daughter will prove an unmanageable wife.
Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.
Common sense without education, is better than education without common sense.
Half-wits talk much, but say little.
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.
Thinking aloud is a habit which is responsible for most of mankind's misery.
Don't go to the doctor with every distemper, nor to the lawyer with every quarrel, nor to the pot for every thirst.
I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning.
A perfect character might be attended with the inconvenience of being envied and hated; and that a benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself, to keep his friends in countenance.
There never was a good knife made of bad steel.
Where there is a free government, and the people make their own laws by their representatives, I see no injustice in their obliging one another to take their own paper money.
What science can there be more noble, more excellent, more useful for men, more admirably high and demonstrative, than this of mathematics?
The man who does things makes mistakes, but he doesn't make the biggest mistake of all-doing nothing.
To be thrown upon one's own resources is to be cast into the very lap of fortune; for our faculties then undergo a development and display an energy of which they were previosly unsusceptible.
If you'd be beloved, make yourself amiable. A true friend is the best possession.
The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance.
An infallible Remedy for the Tooth-ach, viz Wash the Root of an aching Tooth, in Elder Vinegar, and let it dry half an hour in the Sun; after which it will never ach more; Probatum est.
I believe in one God, Creator of the Universe in that He ought to be whipped from pilar to post and back again for His shameful actions toward Humanity.
Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy.
Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy. At least, you will by such conduct, stand the best chance for such consequences.
Many foxes grow gray but few grow good.
Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all things easy.
Resolve to perform what you ought;
perform without fail what you resolve.
Handle your tools without mittens.
Marriage is the most natural state of man, and therefore the state in which one is most likely to find solid happiness.
Twas Noah who first planted the vine
And mended his morals by drinking its wine.
He that lives upon hope will die farting.
Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.
I am the laziest man in the world. I invented all those things to save myself from toil.
A Bible and a newspaper in every house, a good school in every district; all studied and appreciated as they merit; are the principal support of virtue, morality, and civil liberty.
A virtuous heretic shall be saved before a wicked Christian.
God works wonders now and then; Behold a lawyer, an honest man.
They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
There are no gains without pains.
Drink does not drown care, but waters it, and makes it grow faster.
A little House well fill'd, a little Field well till'd, and a little Wife well will'd, are great Riches.
A man is sometimes more generous when he has but a little money than when he has plenty, perhaps through fear of being thought to have but little.
And whether you're an honest man, or whether you're a thief, depends on whose solicitor has given me my brief.
Life is a kind of Chess, with struggle, competition, good and ill events.
If you wou'd have Guests merry with your cheer, Be so your self, or so at least appear.
One Man may be more cunning than another, but not more cunning than every body else.
He is not well bred, that cannot bear ill breeding in others.
Nothing preaches better than the act.
Hold your Council before Dinner; the full Belly hates Thinking as well as Acting.
All things are cheap to the saving, dear to the wasteful.
I saw few die of hunger; of eating, a hundred thousand.
An egg today is better than a hen to-morrow.
The Golden Age was never the present age.
Take one thing with another, and the world is a pretty good sort of a world, and it is our duty to make the best of it, and be thankful.
What good shall I do this day?
Beware the hobby that eats.
Fish and Visitors stink in 3 days.
Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.
Eat few suppers, and you'll need few medicines.
Trusting too much to others care is the ruin of many.
The discontented man finds no easy chair.
By improving yourself, the world is made better. Be not afraid of growing too slowly. Be afraid only of standing still.
To find out a girl's faults, praise her to her girl friends.
Promises may get thee friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies.
Half a truth is often a great lie.
It is ill-manners to silence a fool and cruelty to let him go on.
A quarrelsome man has no good neighbours.
Duty is not beneficial because it is commanded, but is commanded because it is beneficial.
For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.
Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.
A little sturdiness when superiors are much in the wrong sometimes occasions consideration. And there is truth in the old saying that if you make yourself a sheep, the wolves will eat you.
To be humble to superiors is a duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.
Pity and forbearance should characterize all acts of justice.
Contentment makes poor men rich,
Discontent makes rich men poor.
I am about courting a girl I have had but little acquaintance with. How shall I come to a knowledge of her faults, and whether she has the virtues I imagine she has? Answer. Commend her among her female acquaintances.
Write to Please Yourself.
When You write to Please Others
You end up Pleasing No one.
The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.
Cowards can handle Arms, can strike where they are sure to meet with no Return, can wound, mangle and murder; but it belongs to brave Men to spare, and to protect.
Tis easy to see, hard to foresee.
My refusing to eat flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chid for my singularity.
In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.
The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn't know how to read.
The greatest inventions are those inquiries which tend to increase the power of man over matter.
The second vice is lying, the first is running in debt.
Are you angry that others disappoint you? Remember you cannot depend upon yourself.
Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.
I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life, I absenteed myself from Christian assemblies.
Mine is better than ours.
Take a coin from your purse and invest it in your mind. It will come pouring out of your mind and overflow your purse.
He that hath a calling, hath an office of profit and honor.
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.
You don't get somebody to like you by doing them a favor. That only tends to build resentment over the fact that they are needy and you are not. No, you ask them to do you a favor.
Neither a Fortress nor a Maidenhead will hold out long after they begin to parley.
Most men die from the neck up at age twenty-five because they stop dreaming.
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
It is prodigious the quantity of good that may be done by one man if he will make a business of it.
The best investment is in the tools of one's own trade.
Bad gains are true losses.
He that's content has enough. He that complains hath too much.
It is the duty of mankind on all suitable occasions to acknowledge their dependence on the Divine Being.
If you would keep your secret from an enemy, tell it not to a friend.
If we do not hang together, we will all hang separately.
Never take a wife till thou hast a house (and a fire) to put her in.
There are three faithful friends -- an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.
After crosses and losses, men grow humbler and wiser.
Carelessness does more harm than a want of knowledge.
Learn of the skillful; he that teaches himself, has a fool for his master.
Friendship increases by visiting friends but visiting seldom.
Nine Men in Ten are Suicides.
In order to be happy you need a good dog, a good woman, and ready money.
Love your Neighbour; yet don't pull down your Hedge.
There will be sleeping enough in the grave.
There will be sleeping enough in the grave..
Moderation in all things -- including moderation.
Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.
Those who would give up liberty for safety deserve neither.
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
Wars are not paid for in wartime. The bill comes later.
If you ride a horse, sit close and tight, if you ride a man, sit easy and light.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
The best way to help the poor is to make them uncomfortable in their own poverty.
There is much difference between imitating a good man and counterfeiting him.
A bargain is something you have to find a use for once you have bought it.
He that spits against the wind, spits in his own face.
It's the easiest thing in the world for a man to deceive himself.
I believe ... that the soul of man is immortal and will be treated with justice in another life, respecting its conduct in this.
Beer is God's way of telling us that he loves us and wants us to be happy.
By my rambling digressions I perceive myself to be growing old.
One today is worth two tomorrows. Lost time is never found again. Time is money. Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff that life is made of. You may delay, but time will not.
Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
One good husband is worth two good wives, for the scarcer things are, the more they are valued.
Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes it.
He that can compose himself, is wiser than he that composes books.
Indeed, when religious people quarrel about religion, or hungry people quarrel about victuals, it looks as if they had not much of either among them.
The happy State of Matrimony is, undoubtedly, the surest and most lasting Foundation of Comfort and Love ... the Cause of all good Order in the World, and what alone preserves it from the utmost Confusion.
Applause waits on success.
Give me yesterday's bread, this day's flesh, and last year's cider.
Whatever you become be good at it.
In a discreet man's mouth, a public thing is private.
A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.
Silence is not always a sign of wisdom, but babbling is ever a mark of folly.
The busy man has few idle visitors; to the boiling pot, the flies come not.
We are not so sensible of the greatest Health as of the least Sickness.
Never confuse Motion with Action.
What can laws do without morals?
Constant dropping wears away stones.
A man of words and not of deeds,
Is like a garden full of weeds.
To Follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.
The exact Quantity and Quality being found out, is to be kept to constantly.
Take heed of the Vinegar of sweet Wine, and the Anger of Good-nature.
So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for every thing one has a mind to do.
Wealth is nothing more or less than a tool to do things with. It is like the fuel that runs the furnace or the belt that runs the wheel only a means to an end.
If you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm. Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy.
A ploughman on his legs is higher than a gentleman on his knees.
It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth.
The first mistake in public business is the going into it.
If you would reap Praise you must sow the Seeds, Gentle Words and useful Deeds.
The things of this world take up too much of my time, of which indeed I have too little left, to undertake anything like a reformation in religion.
Tomorrow, every Fault is to be amended; but that Tomorrow never comes.
Calamity and prosperity are the touchstones of integrity.
A lighthouse is more useful than a church.
Take time for all things.
Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.
When you are good to others, you are best to yourself.
Don't judge men's wealth or godliness by their Sunday appearance.
Nothing is more important for the public wealth than to form and train youth in wisdom and virtue. Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.
Pay what you owe and what you're worth you'll know.
Content and Riches seldom meet together, Riches take thou, contentment I had rather.
Bacon is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
No nation has ever been ruined by trade.
Never spare the parson's wine nor the baker's pudding.
If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
When in doubt, don't.
I am a mortal enemy to arbitrary government and unlimited power.
Nothing is more fatal to health than an over care of it.
Grace thou thy house and let not that grace thee.
Pride that dines on vanity, sups on contempt.
It is better to let 100 criminals go free than to imprison 1 innocent man.
A man in a passion, rides a mad horse.
The doors of wisdom are never shut.
The next thing most like living one's life over again seems to be a recollection of that life, and to make that recollection as durable as possible by putting it down in writing.
When Wine enters, out goes the Truth.
The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.
A man is not completely born until he is dead.
Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today.
The world is run by the people who show up.
I would rather have it said, "He lived usefully," than, "He died rich."
He that is conscious of a stink in his breeches is suspicious of every wrinkle in another's nose.
The Things which hurt, instruct.
Be neither silly, nor cunning, but wise.
When Knaves betray each other, one can scarce be blamed or the other pitied.
An investment in education always pays the highest returns.
Thirteen virtues necessary for true success: temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity, and humility.
Remember that credit is money.
He that speaks much, is much mistaken.
Tis against some mens principle to pay interest, and seems against others interest to pay the principle.
Annual giving is the custom of making a gift-a-year to an institution in which one has faith.
People who are wrapped up in themselves make small packages.
He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.
A flatterer never seems absurd: The flatter'd always takes his word.
Three things are men most likely to be cheated in, a horse, a wig, and a wife.
Do not, however, mistake me. It is not to my good friend's heresy that I impute his honesty. On the contrary, 'tis his honesty that brought upon him the character of a heretic.
There is none deceived but he that trusts.
Nine men in ten are would be suicides.
Death takes no bribes.
In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it.
The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands.
Be not niggardly of what costs thee nothing, as courtesy, counsel and countenance.
Abuses of the freedom of speech ought to be repressed, but to whom are we to commit the power of doing it?
Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.
Till we are uneasy in Rest, we can have no Desire to move, and without Desire of moving there can be no voluntary Motion.
Speak little, do much.
To be content, look backward on those who possess less than yourself, not forward on those who possess more. If this does not make you content, you don't deserve to be happy.
The art of acting consists in keeping people from coughing.
Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom -- and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.
If Jack's in love, he's no judge of Jill's beauty.
Your best investment is to pour your purse into your head, and no one can take it away from you.
Taxes on consumption, like those on capital or income, to be just, must be uniform.
Danger is sauce for prayers.
Great talkers, little doers.
To the haranguers of the populace among the ancients, succeed among the moderns your writers of political pamphlets and news-papers, and your coffee-house talkers.
Religion I found to be without any tendency to inspire, promote, or confirm morality, serves principally to divide us and make us unfriendly to one another.
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.
No gains without pains.
Whenever we attempt to mend the scheme of Providence and to interfere in the Government of the world, we had need be very circumspect lest we do more harm than good.
The madness of mobs or the insolence of soldiers, or both, when too near to each other, occasion some mischief.
An assembly of great men is the greatest fool upon earth.
Creditors have better memories than debtors.
If any form of government is capable of making a nation happy, ours I think bids fair now for producing that effect. But after all much depends upon the people who are governed.
If you teach a poor young man to shave himself, and keep his razor in order, you may contribute more to the happiness of his life than in giving him a thousand guineas.
If you teach a poor young man to shave himself, and keep his razor in order, you may contribute more to the happiness of his life than in giving him a thousand guineas. This sum may be soon spent, the regret only remaining of having foolishly consumed it; but in the other case, he escapes the frequent vexation of waiting for barbers, and of their sometimes dirty fingers, offensive breaths, and dull razors.
In the dark, all cats are grey.
Do you love truth for truth's sake, and will you endeavor impartially to find and receive it yourself, and communicate it to others?
A nod from a lord is a breakfast for a fool.
He's the best physician that knows the worthlessness of most medicines.
He that doth what he should not, shall feel what he would not.
A friend in need is a friend indeed!
There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharoah -- get first all the people's money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants forever.
Wouldst thou enjoy a long Life, a healthy Body, and a vigorous Mind, and be acquainted also with the wonderful Works of God? labour in the first place to bring thy Appetite into Subjection to Reason.
If you wouldn't live long, live well; for folly and wickedness shorten life.
For the best return on your money, pour your purse into your head.
Most people dislike vanity in others, whatever share they have of it themselves.
Most people dislike vanity in others, whatever share they have of it themselves; but I give it fair quarter, wherever I meet with it, being persuaded that it is often productive of good to the possessor, and to others who are within his sphere of action: and therefore, in many cases, it would not be altogether absurd if a man were to thank God for his vanity among the other comforts of life.
I guess I don't so much mind being old, as I mind being fat and old.
Squeamish stomachs cannot eat without pickles.
Let each new year find you a better person.
If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him.
Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.
It's better to swim in the sea below Than to swing in the air and feed the crow, Says jolly Ned Teach of Bristol.
I believe there is one Supreme most perfect being.
Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.
Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and governments.
Speak with contempt of none, from slave to king, The meanest Bee hath, and will use, a sting.
A small leak can sink a great ship.
Time is money.
Observe all men; thyself most.
I know not which lives more unnatural lives, obeying husbands, or commanding wives.
Life biggest tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.
Lost Time is never found again.
If better is possible, good is not enough.
He that can take rest is greater than he that can take cities.
He that pursues two hares at once, does not catch one and lets the other go.
A father's a treasure; a brother's a comfort; a friend is both.
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.
A penny saved is two pence clear, A pin a day's a groat a year.
There is no such thing as a good war or a bad peace.
By the word simplicity, is not always meant folly or ignorance; but often, pure and upright Nature, free from artifice, craft or deceitful ornament.
Don't think to hunt two hares with one dog.
Where there is Hunger, Law is not regarded; and where Law is not regarded, there will be Hunger.
No employment can be managed without arithmetic, no mechanical invention without geometry.
It is much to be lamented that a man of Franklin's general good character and great influence should have been an unbeliever in Christianity, and also have done as much as he did to make others unbelievers.
Some of the domestic evils of drunkenness are houses without windows, gardens without fences, fields without tillage, barns without roofs, children without clothing, principles, morals or manners.
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.
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. -- Ben Franklin.
Those have a short Lent who owe money to be paid at Easter.
It seems to me, that if statesmen had a little more arithmetic, or were accustomed to calculation, wars would be much less frequent.
The King's cheese is half wasted in parings: But no matter, 'tis made of the people's milk.
Great good nature without prudence is a great misfortune.
The way to be safe is never to be secure.
The world is full of fools and faint hearts; and yet everyone has courage enough to bear the misfortunes, and wisdom enough to manage the affairs, of his neighbor.
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
He that riseth late, must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night.
If Passion drives, let Reason hold the Reins.
It is very hard to dislike someone you have helped.
Don't throw stones at your neighbors if your own windows are glass.
Who is there that can be handsomely Supported in Affluence, Ease and Pleasure by another, that will chuse rather to earn his Bread by the Sweat of his own Brows?
Fear not death; for the sooner we die, the longer shall we be immortal.
The most exquisite folly is made of wisdom spun too fine.
Those that won't be counseled can't be helped.
That which hurts, also instructs.
If we are industrious, we shall never starve; for, at the workingman's house hunger looks in, but dares not enter. Nor will the bailiff or the constable enter, for industry pays debts, while despair increaseth them.
That which resembles most living one's life over again, seems to be to recall all the circumstances of it; and, to render this remembrance more durable, to record them in writing.
I looked around for God's judgments, but saw no signs of them.
You may give give a man office, but you cannot give him discretion.
One man may be more cunning than another, but not more cunning than everybody else.
He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
The man that walks wit crowd, will get no farther than the crowd. The man that walks alone, will reach places unknown.
Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to gain leisure.
Clean your Finger, before you point at my Spots.
The grand leap of the whale up the Fall of Niagara is esteemed, by all who have seen it, as one of the finest spectacles in nature.
Then plough deep while sluggards sleep, and you shall have corn to sell and to keep.
The US Constitution only guarantees your rights as a citizen, it doesn't guarantee happiness. It may take work, but if you have your rights, happiness is very possible.
Don't think so much of your own Cunning, as to forget other Men's; a Cunning Man is overmatched by a cunning Man and a Half.
If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher's stone.
Hear no ill of a friend, nor speak any of an enemy.
Practice makes perfect.
Be ashamed to catch yourself idle.
Electrical matter differs from common matter in this, that the parts of the latter mutually attract, those of the former mutually repel each other.
Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.
He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.
Fart for freedom, fart for liberty--and fart proudly.
Tart Words make no Friends: a spoonful of honey will catch more flies than Gallon of Vinegar.
You made delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.
Christians are directed to have faith in Christ, as the effectual means of obtaining the change they desire.
I am lord of myself, accountable to none.
Prodigality of Time produces Poverty of Mind as well as of Estate.
To bear other people's afflictions, everyone has courage and enough to spare.
A little neglect may breed great mischief.
A little neglect may breed mischief ... 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.
Rich widows are the only secondhand goods that sell at first-class prices.
I never knew a man who was good at making excuses who was good at anything else.
Those who beat their swords into plowshares usually end up plowing for those who kept their swords.
Most men die at 25, we just don't bury them until they are 70.
It is the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.
If Pride leads the Van, Beggary brings up the Rear.
The use of money is all the advantage there is in having it.
Serving God is doing good to man, but praying is thought an easier service and therefore more generally chosen.
Without justice, courage is weak.
Love of country is the Mason's deed; world citizenship is his thought.
If you want something done, ask a busy person.
Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life.
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.
When you are finished changing, you're finished.
Great talkers should be cropt, for they've no need of ears.
Many estates are spent in the getting, since women for tea forsake spinning and knitting, and men for punch forsake hewing and splitting.
A temperate Diet frees from Diseases; such are seldom ill, but if they are surprised with Sickness, they bear it better, and recover sooner; for most Distempers have their Original from Repletion.
Time Like a petal in the wind Flows softly by As old lives are taken New ones begin A continual chain Which lasts throughout eternity Every life but a minute in time But each of equal importance.
Man is a tool-making animal.
I believe in one God, the creator of the universe. That he governs it by his Providence. That he ought to be worshipped. That the most acceptable service we can render to him is doing good to his other children.
Genius is the ability to hold one's vision steady until it becomes reality.
What you would seem to be, be really.
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.
Rather go to bed supperless, than rise in debt.
There are many roads to success, but only one sure road to failure; and that is to try to please everyone else.
I grew convinced that truth, sincerity and integrity in dealings between man and man were of the utmost importance to the felicity of life, and I formed written resolutions ... to practice them ever while I lived.
If you'ld have a servant that you like, serve yourself.
The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars.
For Age and Want save while you may; No morning Sun lasts a whole day.
I wish to live without committing any fault at any time.
It is a bad temper of mind that takes delight in opposition.
Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
A greater Quantity of some things may be eaten than of others, some being of lighter Digestion than others.
The best doctors gives the least medicine.
Mankind are very odd creatures:
one half censure what they practice,
the other half practice what they censure;
the rest always say and do as they ought.
When you taste honey, remember gall.
What is without us has no connection with happiness, only so far as the preservation of our lives and health depends upon it... Happiness springs immediately from the mind.
Did not strong connections draw me elsewhere, I believe Scotland would be the country I would choose to end my days in.
The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense.
Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.
We must indeed all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.
Make yourself sheep and the wolves will eat you.
What signifies knowing the names, if you know not the natures of things.
Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us.
Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us. Its appetite grows keener by indulgence and all we can gratify it with at present serves but the more to inflame its insatiable desires.
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.
He who multiplies riches multiplies cares.
Notwithstanding my experiments with electricity the thunderbolt continues to fall under our noses and beards; and as for the tyrant, there are a million of us still engaged at snatching away his sceptre.
Think What You Do When You Run in Debt: You Give to Another Power over Your Liberty.
The rule is simple: Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy.
O Lazy bones! Dost thou think God would have given thee arms and legs, if he had not design'd thou should'st use them?
In America, they do not inquire of a stranger, "What is he?" but, "What can he do?"
The refusal of King George to allow the colonies to operate an honest money system, which freed the ordinary man from clutches of the money manipulators was probably the prime cause of the revolution.
Quarrels never could last long, if on one side only lay the wrong.
Poverty wants some things, Luxury many things, Avarice all things.
The only time not wasted is wasted time.
A full Belly is the Mother of all Evil.
I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessing on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning.
A good spouse and health is a person's best wealth.
You have on hand those things that you need if you have but the wit and wisdom to use them.
We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.
Necessity never made a good bargain.
Everybody's human-everybody makes mistakes. If you laugh it off and keep going and try to give it your best the next time around, people respect that.
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.
A true friend is the best Possession.
You will discover 3 trustworthy mates, an aged wife, an aged canine, and ready dollars.
The worst wheel of the cart makes the most noise.
He that hath a Trade, hath an Estate.
The English love an insult. It's their only test of a man's sincerity.
Do not do that which you would not have known.
The United States Constitutional Convention, except for three or four persons, thought prayers unnecessary.
Hear reason or she will make you feel her.
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
Let thy maid servant be faithful, strong, and homely.
Thou can'st not joke an enemy into a friend,
but thou may'st a friend into an enemy.
Keep flax from fire, and youth from gaming.
Before you consult your fancy, consult your purse.
Reading was the only amusement I allowed myself.
Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.
Saying and Doing, have quarrel'd and parted.
When women cease to be handsome, they study to be good.
In the conduct of my newspaper, I carefully excluded all libeling and personal abuse, which is of late years become so disgraceful to our country.
Some people die at 25 and aren't buried until 75.
Despair ruins some, presumption many.
I consent Sir, to this Constitution because I expect no better, and because I am not sure, that it is not the best.
The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
Industry and frugality, as the means of procuring wealth. thereby secures virtue, it being more difficult for a man in want to act always honestly..
A man separated from his reflective belt is no man at all.
Little boats should keep near shore.
Setting too good an Example is a Kind of slander seldom forgiven.
He that scatters thorns, let him not go barefoot.
If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.
We must all hang together, or assuredly, we shall all hang separately.
There's many witty men whose brains can't fill their bellies.
Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.
I fear the man who drinks water and so remembers this morning what the rest of us said last night.
Praise to the undeserving is severe satire.
Cold and cunning come from the north: But cunning sans wisdom is nothing worth.
As sore places meet most rubs, proud folks meet most affronts.
The most acceptable service of God is doing good to man.
Constant complaint is the poorest sort of pay for all the comforts we enjoy.
He that sells upon Credit expects to lose 5 per Cent. By bad Debts; therefore he charges, on all he sells upon Credit, an Advance that shall make up that Deficiency.
He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner.
You can do anything you set your mind to.
Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.
There is no little enemy.
The noblest question in the world is: 'What good may I do in it?'
He is ill clothed, who is bare of virtue.
Little minds think and talk about people.
Average minds think and talk about things and actions.
Great minds think and talk about ideas.
Those who are content have enough; those that complain, have too much.
Love and toothache have many cures, but none infallible, except possession and dispossession.
All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones. In my opinion, there never was a good war or a bad peace. When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?
A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.
Money is of a prolific generating nature. Money can beget money, and its offspring can beget more.
They who have nothing to trouble them, will be troubled at nothing.
If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.
He that is rich need not live sparingly,
and he that can live sparingly need not be rich.
Security without liberty is called prison.
Lovers, travellers, and poets will give money to be heard.
Watch the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.
The early morning has gold in its mouth.
When men and woman die, as poets sung, his heart's the last part moves, her last, the tongue.
He's gone, and forgot nothing but to say farewell to his creditors.
I never turned to drink. It seemed to turn to me.
It would be thought a hard government that should tax its people one tenth part.
E'er you remark another's sin, bid your own conscience look within.
Avoid dishonest gain: no price can recompence the pangs of vice.
To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.
That man alone loves himself rightly who procures the greatest possible good to himself through the whole of his existence and so pursues pleasure as not to give for it more than it is worth.
A wise man will desire no more than what he may get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and leave contently.
Cunning proceeds from lack of capacity.
If you have no Honey in your Pot, have some in your Mouth.
Let thy vices die before thee.
I will speak ill of no man and speak all the good I know of everybody.
But in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
Some make Conscience of wearing a Hat in the Church, who make none of robbing the Altar.
There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.
Great estates may venture more; little boats must keep near shore.