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711 Quotes By Benjamin Franklin

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Wikipedia Summary for Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [O.

S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A polymath, he was a leading writer, printer, political philosopher, 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.

He founded many civic organizations, including the Library Company, Philadelphia's first fire department, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Franklin earned the title of "The First American" for his early and indefatigable campaigning for colonial unity, initially as an author and spokesman in London for several colonies. As the first United States ambassador to France, he exemplified the emerging American nation.

Franklin was foundational in defining the American ethos as a marriage of the practical values of thrift, hard work, education, community spirit, self-governing institutions, and opposition to authoritarianism both political and religious, with the scientific and tolerant values of the Enlightenment. In the words of historian Henry Steele Commager, "In Franklin could be merged the virtues of Puritanism without its defects, the illumination of the Enlightenment without its heat." To Walter Isaacson, this makes Franklin "the most accomplished American of his age and the most influential in inventing the type of society America would become."Franklin became a successful newspaper editor and printer in Philadelphia, the leading city in the colonies, publishing the Pennsylvania Gazette at the age of 23. He became wealthy publishing this and Poor Richard's Almanack, which he authored under the pseudonym "Richard Saunders". After 1767, he was associated with the Pennsylvania Chronicle, a newspaper that was known for its revolutionary sentiments and criticisms of the policies of the British Parliament and the Crown.

He pioneered and was the first president of Academy and College of Philadelphia which opened in 1751 and later became the University of Pennsylvania. He organized and was the first secretary of the American Philosophical Society and was elected president in 1769. Franklin became a national hero in America as an agent for several colonies when he spearheaded an effort in London to have the Parliament of Great Britain repeal the unpopular Stamp Act. An accomplished diplomat, he was widely admired among the French as American minister to Paris and was a major figure in the development of positive Franco–American relations. His efforts proved vital for the American Revolution in securing shipments of crucial munitions from France.

He was promoted to deputy postmaster-general for the British colonies on August 10, 1753, having been Philadelphia postmaster for many years, and this enabled him to set up the first national communications network. During the revolution, he became the first United States postmaster general. He was active in community affairs and colonial and state politics, as well as national and international affairs. From 1785 to 1788, he served as governor of Pennsylvania. He initially owned and dealt in slaves but, by the late 1750s, he began arguing against slavery, became an abolitionist, and promoted education and the integration of blacks in American Society.

His life and legacy of scientific and political achievement, and his status as one of America's most influential Founding Fathers, have seen Franklin honored more than two centuries after his death on the fifty-cent piece, the $100 bill, warships, and the names of many towns, counties, educational institutions, and corporations, as well as numerous cultural references and with a portrait in the Oval Office.

four men sitting beside table

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

--Benjamin Franklin

black fawn pug playing with plush toy

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

--Benjamin Franklin

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Genius without education is like silver in the mine.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.

--Benjamin Franklin

pink tulips on gray wooden surface

While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.

--Benjamin Franklin

bird at pier

Diligence is the mother of good luck.

--Benjamin Franklin

Longer Version:

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.


green fruit in macro lens photography

Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.

--Benjamin Franklin

person holding white mini bell alarmclock

Lost time is never found again.

--Benjamin Franklin

sunset dirt road

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

--Benjamin Franklin

autumn leaves on body of water

Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion.

--Benjamin Franklin

pink and white computer keyboard beside yellow framed sunglasses

God helps those who help themselves.

--Benjamin Franklin

clear wine glass with red wine

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.

--Benjamin Franklin

white brick wall

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

--Benjamin Franklin

brown wooden table clock at 10 10

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

--Benjamin Franklin

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If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Energy and persistence conquer all things.

--Benjamin Franklin

gray and white bird on red and yellow leaves

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.

--Benjamin Franklin

brown and gray mountains during daytime

Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.

--Benjamin Franklin

red tulip flowers under calm blue sky

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

--Benjamin Franklin

green forest during daytime

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

--Benjamin Franklin

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He that composes himself is wiser than he that composes a book.

--Benjamin Franklin

rainbow

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

--Benjamin Franklin


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I didn't fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.

--Benjamin Franklin

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In success be moderate.

--Benjamin Franklin

raging waves through shores

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

red surface

When you're finished changing, you're finished.

--Benjamin Franklin

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A word to the wise is enough, and many words won't fill a bushel.

--Benjamin Franklin

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The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.

--Benjamin Franklin

Longer Version:

The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason: The Morning Daylight appears plainer when you put out your Candle.



worm's eye view of trees during night time

The best of all medicines are resting and fasting.

--Benjamin Franklin


pink tree

Great spenders are bad lenders.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Keep Conscience clear, then never fear.

--Benjamin Franklin

pink and white flowers on white surface

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

--Benjamin Franklin

boat on sea far away from island

An Egg to day is better than a Hen to-morrow.

--Benjamin Franklin

green leafed trees with fog

Little leaks sink the ship.

--Benjamin Franklin

stars across the sky view at the desert

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

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The poor have little; beggars, none; the rich, too much; enough, not one.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Beware of meat twice boiled, and an old foe reconciled.

--Benjamin Franklin

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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.

--Benjamin Franklin

pink rose in close up photography

Neglect kills injuries, revenge increases them.

--Benjamin Franklin

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When befriended, remember it; when you befriend, forget it.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Where liberty dwells there is my country.

--Benjamin Franklin

rainbow

Time is the stuff life is made of.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Virtue alone is sufficient to make a man great, glorious, and happy.

--Benjamin Franklin

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If you want to make a friend, let someone do you a favor.

--Benjamin Franklin

blue sky

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

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

--Benjamin Franklin

sunset

Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried with fewer tensions and more tolerance.

--Benjamin Franklin

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A long life may not be good enough, but a good life is long enough.

--Benjamin Franklin

snowflake

Take counsel in wine, but resolve afterwards in water.

--Benjamin Franklin

gray and white bird on red and yellow leaves

Don't halloo until you're out of the wood.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Let thy discontents be thy secrets; if the world knows them 'twill despise thee and increase them.

--Benjamin Franklin

sunset and agave stalk

The best way to see Faith is to shut the eye of Reason.

--Benjamin Franklin

3 women playing soccer on green grass field during daytime

Don't overload Gratitude; if you do, she'll kick.

--Benjamin Franklin

saguaro

Fatigue is the best pillow.

--Benjamin Franklin

analog clock at 5:55

Be civil to all; serviceable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.

--Benjamin Franklin

couple standing on grass field mountain

Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.

--Benjamin Franklin

sunset

Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it.

--Benjamin Franklin

person holding red and beige twin bell analog alarm clock

Do not let fancy outrun your means.

--Benjamin Franklin

green leafed trees with fog

The things which hurt, instruct.

--Benjamin Franklin

Hey! I miss you

Success is the residue of planning.

--Benjamin Franklin

crescent moon above mountain

Here's to our beloved George Washington, the Joshua of America, who commanded the sun and the moon to stand still -- and they obeyed.

--Benjamin Franklin

Arizona landscape

What is a butterfly? At best
He's but a caterpiller drest.
The gaudy Fop's his picture just.

--Benjamin Franklin

pink tulips in clear glass vase

After getting the first hundred pounds, it is more easy to get the second.

--Benjamin Franklin

sunset grasslands

There have been as great souls unknown to fame as any of the most famous.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Our whole life is but a greater and longer childhood.

--Benjamin Franklin

sunset

A Man of Knowledge like a rich Soil, feeds If not a world of Corn, a world of Weeds.

--Benjamin Franklin

cup of latte on table

A Republic, if you can keep it.

--Benjamin Franklin

sunset with rainbow

Women and wine, game and deceit, make the wealth small and the wants great.

--Benjamin Franklin

two dragonflies on green cornate leaf

If passion drives, let reason hold the reins.

--Benjamin Franklin

crack in wall

Would you live with ease, Do what you ought, and not what you please.

--Benjamin Franklin

green plant in tilt shift lens

Marry your son when you will, but you daughter when you can.

--Benjamin Franklin

white tulips in white background

If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Of learned Fools I have seen ten times ten,
Of unlearned wise men I have seen a hundred.

--Benjamin Franklin

yellow painted wall

The sting of a reproach is the truth of it.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Life's Tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing.

--Benjamin Franklin

Russian Blue cat sleeping on whit textile

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned.

--Benjamin Franklin

pink umbrella

Nor eye in a letter, nor hand in a purse, nor ear in the secret of another.

--Benjamin Franklin

analog clock at 5:55

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

--Benjamin Franklin

brown houses in front of hill under starry night

If you, do what you should not, you must bear what you would not.

--Benjamin Franklin

yellow sunflower in close up photography

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

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One thing I know
that is
I know NOTHING.

--Benjamin Franklin

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

He that displays too often his wife and his wallet is in danger of having both of them borrowed.

--Benjamin Franklin

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In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Anger and folly walk cheeck by jowl.

--Benjamin Franklin

aerial photography of pine trees

A light purse is a heavy curse.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Love well, whip well.

--Benjamin Franklin

shallow focus photography of books

Leisure is the time for doing something useful.

--Benjamin Franklin

Longer Version:

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


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You can not pluck roses without fear of thorns, Nor enjoy a fair wife without danger of horns.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy.

--Benjamin Franklin

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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.

--Benjamin Franklin

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There never was a good war, or a bad peace.

--Benjamin Franklin

yellow flower

He that cannot obey, cannot command.

--Benjamin Franklin

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A little Religion, and a little Honesty, goes a great way in Courts.

--Benjamin Franklin

foggy mountains

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

two grey elephants on grass plains during sunset

The one who fails to prepare is preparing to fail.

--Benjamin Franklin

silhouette of mountains during starry night

Pride is as loud a beggar as want, and a great deal more saucy.

--Benjamin Franklin

Longer Version:

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.


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Virtue and happiness are mother and daughter.

--Benjamin Franklin

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When the well is dry, they know the worth of water.

--Benjamin Franklin

man in green shirt and blue knit cap sitting on floor

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

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No man ought to own more property than needed for his livelihood; the rest, by right, belonged to the state.

--Benjamin Franklin

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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.

--Benjamin Franklin

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He's a fool that makes his doctor his heir.

--Benjamin Franklin


two clown fishes underwater

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

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The expenses required to prevent a war are much lighter than those that will, if not prevented, be absolutely necessary to maintain it.

--Benjamin Franklin

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War is when the government tells you who the bad guy is.
Revolution is when you decide that for yourself.

--Benjamin Franklin

withered tree surrounded with snow during daytime

Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other, and scarce in that.

--Benjamin Franklin

snow-covered mountain near lake under blue sky

Lost time can never be found again.

--Benjamin Franklin

white and black soccer ball on grass field

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

--Benjamin Franklin

tall green flowering grasses under blue and white cloudy sky

What's a Sun-Dial in the shade?

--Benjamin Franklin

white flower in grayscale photography

The way to wealth depends on just two words, industry and frugality.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Common sense is something that everyone needs, few have, and none think they lack.

--Benjamin Franklin


silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff

Love your enemies; for they shall tell you all your faults.

--Benjamin Franklin


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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.

--Benjamin Franklin

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God bless the King, and grant him long to Reign.

--Benjamin Franklin

fine trees waving

Avarice and Happiness never saw each other, how then should they become acquainted?

--Benjamin Franklin

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As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.

--Benjamin Franklin

white wooden hut during daytime

If principle is good for anything, it is worth living up to.

--Benjamin Franklin

closeup photography of black and brown bird

Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Every pot must sit on its own bottom.

--Benjamin Franklin

blue wall during daytime

Industry pays debts, while despair increases them.

--Benjamin Franklin

brown and gray mountains during daytime

Gaining money by my industry and frugality, I lived very agreeably..

--Benjamin Franklin

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When you speak to a man, look on his eyes; when he speaks to you, look on his mouth.

--Benjamin Franklin

brown and black jazz guitar with dim light

He that sows thorns should never go barefoot.

--Benjamin Franklin

photography of burning camp fire

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.

--Benjamin Franklin


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He that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Hope is an essential constituent of human life.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Many have quarreled about religion that never practised it.

--Benjamin Franklin

Arizona landscape

Wine is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

--Benjamin Franklin

Longer Version:

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.


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A full Belly makes a dull Brain: The Muses starve in a Cook's Shop.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Whoever shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world.

--Benjamin Franklin

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A policy of life insurance is the cheapest and safest mode of making a certain provision for one's family.

--Benjamin Franklin

brown and black jazz guitar with dim light

Diligence overcomes difficulties, sloth makes them.

--Benjamin Franklin

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They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security.

--Benjamin Franklin

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The best is the cheapest.

--Benjamin Franklin

blue and white abstract painting

Human happiness comes not from infrequent pieces of good fortune, but from the small improvements to daily life.

--Benjamin Franklin

sunset

Rarely use Venery but for Health or Offspring; Never to Dulness, Weakness, or the Injury of your own or another's Peace or Reputation.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

--Benjamin Franklin

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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.

--Benjamin Franklin

Longer Version:

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.


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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.

--Benjamin Franklin

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One of the greatest tragedies of life is the murder of a beautiful theory by a gang of brutal facts.

--Benjamin Franklin


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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.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Those who laugh often never grow old.

--Benjamin Franklin

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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.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Disdain the chain, preserve your freedom; and maintain your independency: be industrious and free; be frugal and free.

--Benjamin Franklin

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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.

--Benjamin Franklin

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He that drinks his cider alone, let him catch his horse alone.

--Benjamin Franklin

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He that takes a wife, takes care.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Philosophy as well as foppery often changes fashion.

--Benjamin Franklin

yellow flower in green grass field

There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Proclaim not all thou knowest, all thou owest, all thou hast, nor all thou can'st.

--Benjamin Franklin

sunset

If your riches are yours, why don't you take them with you to the other world?

--Benjamin Franklin

four coffee cups on floor

Don't misinform your Doctor nor your Lawyer.

--Benjamin Franklin

mountains with trees under white star at night

No man ever was glorious, who was not laborious.

--Benjamin Franklin

sunset

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

pink and white computer keyboard beside yellow framed sunglasses

Little strokes fell great oaks.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.

--Benjamin Franklin

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It is wise not to seek a secret and honest not to reveal it.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Wise men learn by others' harms; fools by their own.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Suspicion may be no fault, but showing it may be a great one.

--Benjamin Franklin

sunset dirt road

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

--Benjamin Franklin

landscape photography of trees

Love, Cough, and a Smoke, can't well be hid.

--Benjamin Franklin

mountains under starry sky during nighttime

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.

--Benjamin Franklin

white flowers in brown stem

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

time lapse photography of fire

The thrifty maxim of the wary Dutch, Is to save all the Money they can touch.

--Benjamin Franklin

red and pink flowers

Epitaph on a scolding wife by her husband: Here my poor Bridget's corpse doth lie, she is at rest -- and so am I!

--Benjamin Franklin

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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.

--Benjamin Franklin


brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

beige concrete wall

When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?

--Benjamin Franklin

Milky way in nature photography

Not to oversee workmen is to leave them your purse open.

--Benjamin Franklin

person with flashlight near lighted green tree on mountain under starry night

Savages we call them because their manners differ from ours.

--Benjamin Franklin


black bird on brown tree branch during daytime

Stand firm, don't flutter!

--Benjamin Franklin

brown wooden table clock at 10 10

If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.

--Benjamin Franklin

Longer Version:

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.


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He who can have patience can have what he will.

--Benjamin Franklin

green grass field with smoke

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

black and white butterfly on green leaf

You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.

--Benjamin Franklin

landscape photography of trees

If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.

--Benjamin Franklin

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I have heard that nothing gives an Author so great Pleasure, as to find his works respectfully quoted by other learned authors.

--Benjamin Franklin

yellow bee beside purple petaled flower during daytime

A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.

--Benjamin Franklin

clear blue sea under blue sky

It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.

--Benjamin Franklin

woman snorkeling

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

elephant play with brown sand

A fine genius in his own country is like gold in the mine.

--Benjamin Franklin

pink and green flower painting

Think of these things, whence you came, where you are going, and to whom you must account.

--Benjamin Franklin

brown trees under blue sky during daytime

Reckless haste makes poor speed.

--Benjamin Franklin

clear drinking glass with beer on black table

No nation was ever ruined by trade.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Since thou are not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour.

--Benjamin Franklin

round black vinyl disc on vinyl player

I have met the enemy, and it is the eyes of other people.

--Benjamin Franklin

woman doing yoga meditation on brown parquet flooring

In free governments the rulers are the servants, and the people their superiors and sovereigns.

--Benjamin Franklin

silhouette of mountain under starry night

If you have time don't wait for time.

--Benjamin Franklin

sunset

If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.

--Benjamin Franklin

black pug puppy on white and pink textile

Vessels large may venture more, But little boats should keep near shore.

--Benjamin Franklin

two dragonflies on green cornate leaf

Drive thy business or it will drive thee.

--Benjamin Franklin

grassland landscape

Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.

--Benjamin Franklin

green and red flowers

An open foe may prove a curse but a pretended friend is worse.

--Benjamin Franklin

two dragonflies on green cornate leaf

The best tranquilizer is a clear conscience.

--Benjamin Franklin

elephants on green grass field during daytime

Here comes the orator with his flood of words and his drop of reason.

--Benjamin Franklin


man with LED headlight looking upward

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

--Benjamin Franklin


brown and gray mountains during daytime

If we do do not hang together then we will surely hang separately.

--Benjamin Franklin

man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

A brother may not be a friend, but a friend will always be a brother.

--Benjamin Franklin

pair of white lace-up shoes

I think this Law, by which I am punished, is both unreasonable in itself, and particularly severe
Polly Baker.

--Benjamin Franklin


silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

The people heard it, and approved the doctrine, and immediately practiced the contrary.

--Benjamin Franklin

tan wallpaper

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

green leaf tree near mountain covered by snow at daytime

Time is an herb that cures all Diseases.

--Benjamin Franklin


silhouette of mountain during sunset

An undutiful daughter will prove an unmanageable wife.

--Benjamin Franklin

brown rock formation on body of water during daytime

Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.

--Benjamin Franklin

white brick wall

Common sense without education, is better than education without common sense.

--Benjamin Franklin

bird at pier

Half-wits talk much, but say little.

--Benjamin Franklin

backdrop

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

photo of clear sky full of stars

Thinking aloud is a habit which is responsible for most of mankind's misery.

--Benjamin Franklin

green trees on body of water during daytime

Don't go to the doctor with every distemper, nor to the lawyer with every quarrel, nor to the pot for every thirst.

--Benjamin Franklin

red and white no smoking sign

I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning.

--Benjamin Franklin

solid background

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

person wearing round black analog watch at 9:46

There never was a good knife made of bad steel.

--Benjamin Franklin

seashore during golden hour

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

plain background

What science can there be more noble, more excellent, more useful for men, more admirably high and demonstrative, than this of mathematics?

--Benjamin Franklin

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

The man who does things makes mistakes, but he doesn't make the biggest mistake of all-doing nothing.

--Benjamin Franklin

silhouette of tree during sunset

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

bonfire in forest

If you'd be beloved, make yourself amiable. A true friend is the best possession.

--Benjamin Franklin

blue sky

The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance.

--Benjamin Franklin

birds flying under cloudy sky during daytime

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

person in black shoes standing on gray concrete floor

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books

Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy.

--Benjamin Franklin

Longer Version:

Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy. At least, you will by such conduct, stand the best chance for such consequences.


man in black shirt on pink background

Many foxes grow gray but few grow good.

--Benjamin Franklin


blue ocean

Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all things easy.

--Benjamin Franklin

sunset

Resolve to perform what you ought;
perform without fail what you resolve.

--Benjamin Franklin

brown pine trees near mountain covered with fog

Handle your tools without mittens.

--Benjamin Franklin

closed door

Marriage is the most natural state of man, and therefore the state in which one is most likely to find solid happiness.

--Benjamin Franklin

silver bell alarm clock

Twas Noah who first planted the vine
And mended his morals by drinking its wine.

--Benjamin Franklin

person's hand holding round silver analog watch with black leather strap

He that lives upon hope will die farting.

--Benjamin Franklin

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.

--Benjamin Franklin


man and woman holding hand while walking on bridge

I am the laziest man in the world. I invented all those things to save myself from toil.

--Benjamin Franklin

woman sitting on black chair in front of glass-panel window with white curtains

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

people walking on hallway

A virtuous heretic shall be saved before a wicked Christian.

--Benjamin Franklin

black bird flying under white clouds during daytime

God works wonders now and then; Behold a lawyer, an honest man.

--Benjamin Franklin

plain

They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

--Benjamin Franklin

closeup photo of orange petaled flowers

There are no gains without pains.

--Benjamin Franklin

black fawn pug playing with plush toy

Drink does not drown care, but waters it, and makes it grow faster.

--Benjamin Franklin

short-beak red bird on tree

A little House well fill'd, a little Field well till'd, and a little Wife well will'd, are great Riches.

--Benjamin Franklin


solid color

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

milky way wallpaper

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

--Benjamin Franklin


multicolored abstract painting

Life is a kind of Chess, with struggle, competition, good and ill events.

--Benjamin Franklin

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

If you wou'd have Guests merry with your cheer, Be so your self, or so at least appear.

--Benjamin Franklin

silhouette of person jumping in mid air

One Man may be more cunning than another, but not more cunning than every body else.

--Benjamin Franklin

aerial view of gray building on brown sand

He is not well bred, that cannot bear ill breeding in others.

--Benjamin Franklin

photo of about to bloom lotus flower

Nothing preaches better than the act.

--Benjamin Franklin

man and woman kissing

Hold your Council before Dinner; the full Belly hates Thinking as well as Acting.

--Benjamin Franklin

brown wooden heart shaped figurine

All things are cheap to the saving, dear to the wasteful.

--Benjamin Franklin

brown wooden heart shaped figurine

I saw few die of hunger; of eating, a hundred thousand.

--Benjamin Franklin

Oak Creek Sedona

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

--Benjamin Franklin

three women sitting on rock near body of water

The Golden Age was never the present age.

--Benjamin Franklin

galaxy

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

shallow focus photography of red flower

What good shall I do this day?

--Benjamin Franklin

gray asphalt road

Beware the hobby that eats.

--Benjamin Franklin

pet dog sitting down on snow

Fish and Visitors stink in 3 days.

--Benjamin Franklin

low angle photography of gray concrete building

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

--Benjamin Franklin


aerial photography of gray and white stone lot

Eat few suppers, and you'll need few medicines.

--Benjamin Franklin

white satellite dish under starry night

Trusting too much to others care is the ruin of many.

--Benjamin Franklin

pink flowers with white background

The discontented man finds no easy chair.

--Benjamin Franklin

yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

By improving yourself, the world is made better. Be not afraid of growing too slowly. Be afraid only of standing still.

--Benjamin Franklin


person with flashlight near lighted green tree on mountain under starry night

To find out a girl's faults, praise her to her girl friends.

--Benjamin Franklin

low-angle photo of white daisy

Promises may get thee friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies.

--Benjamin Franklin

Arizona landscape

Half a truth is often a great lie.

--Benjamin Franklin

photo of underwater

It is ill-manners to silence a fool and cruelty to let him go on.

--Benjamin Franklin

woman and man holding hands

A quarrelsome man has no good neighbours.

--Benjamin Franklin

person standing on rock formation during daytime

Duty is not beneficial because it is commanded, but is commanded because it is beneficial.

--Benjamin Franklin

brown trees on brown field during daytime

For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.

--Benjamin Franklin

white paint palette with black paint beside ink bottle and paint brush

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.

--Benjamin Franklin

group of elephant on brown field under white clouds during daytime

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

white tulip flower in close up photography

To be humble to superiors is a duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.

--Benjamin Franklin

green and red flowers

Pity and forbearance should characterize all acts of justice.

--Benjamin Franklin

sunflower

Contentment makes poor men rich,
Discontent makes rich men poor.

--Benjamin Franklin

green palm tree during daytime

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

lights pattern swirls

Write to Please Yourself.
When You write to Please Others
You end up Pleasing No one.

--Benjamin Franklin

silhouette photo of trees during night time

The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.

--Benjamin Franklin

yellow and black striped background

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

selective focus photography of stones on sand

Tis easy to see, hard to foresee.

--Benjamin Franklin

castle surrounded fog

My refusing to eat flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chid for my singularity.

--Benjamin Franklin

rainbow desert

In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.

--Benjamin Franklin

red rose in bloom during daytime

The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn't know how to read.

--Benjamin Franklin

sunset

The greatest inventions are those inquiries which tend to increase the power of man over matter.

--Benjamin Franklin

green fruit in macro lens photography

The second vice is lying, the first is running in debt.

--Benjamin Franklin

man jumping on hill during golden hour

Are you angry that others disappoint you? Remember you cannot depend upon yourself.

--Benjamin Franklin

man and woman holding hands in silhouette photography

Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.

--Benjamin Franklin

leafless tree

I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life, I absenteed myself from Christian assemblies.

--Benjamin Franklin

woman in white and multicolored floral shirt standing and smiling on yellow sunflower field

Mine is better than ours.

--Benjamin Franklin

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

Take a coin from your purse and invest it in your mind. It will come pouring out of your mind and overflow your purse.

--Benjamin Franklin

elephant play with brown sand

He that hath a calling, hath an office of profit and honor.

--Benjamin Franklin

selective focus photography of woman taking selfie

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

white petaled flowers beside gray wall

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

high-angle photography of mountain at sunset

Neither a Fortress nor a Maidenhead will hold out long after they begin to parley.

--Benjamin Franklin

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

Most men die from the neck up at age twenty-five because they stop dreaming.

--Benjamin Franklin

mountains under starry sky during nighttime

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.

--Benjamin Franklin

Close-up of a white line on green grass in a soccer field

It is prodigious the quantity of good that may be done by one man if he will make a business of it.

--Benjamin Franklin


pink flowers in tilt shift lens

The best investment is in the tools of one's own trade.

--Benjamin Franklin

woman in white and multicolored floral shirt standing and smiling on yellow sunflower field

Bad gains are true losses.

--Benjamin Franklin

photography of yellow petaled flowers field

He that's content has enough. He that complains hath too much.

--Benjamin Franklin

pink rose in bloom close up photo

It is the duty of mankind on all suitable occasions to acknowledge their dependence on the Divine Being.

--Benjamin Franklin

man riding on boat on body of water

If you would keep your secret from an enemy, tell it not to a friend.

--Benjamin Franklin

man in blue tank top holding green and black skateboard

If we do not hang together, we will all hang separately.

--Benjamin Franklin

man running on seashore

Never take a wife till thou hast a house (and a fire) to put her in.

--Benjamin Franklin

white tulip flower in close up photography

There are three faithful friends -- an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.

--Benjamin Franklin

landscape photography of road at savannah

After crosses and losses, men grow humbler and wiser.

--Benjamin Franklin

shallow focus photography of snowflake

Carelessness does more harm than a want of knowledge.

--Benjamin Franklin

brown grass field during daytime

Learn of the skillful; he that teaches himself, has a fool for his master.

--Benjamin Franklin

mountain dew during sunrise

Friendship increases by visiting friends but visiting seldom.

--Benjamin Franklin

white and gray cat

Nine Men in Ten are Suicides.

--Benjamin Franklin

sunset

In order to be happy you need a good dog, a good woman, and ready money.

--Benjamin Franklin

silhouette photo of trees during night time

Love your Neighbour; yet don't pull down your Hedge.

--Benjamin Franklin

woman in black shirt standing on yellow flower field during daytime

There will be sleeping enough in the grave.

--Benjamin Franklin

Longer Version:

There will be sleeping enough in the grave..


white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books

Moderation in all things -- including moderation.

--Benjamin Franklin

silver round analog wall clock

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

--Benjamin Franklin

cat with flower

Those who would give up liberty for safety deserve neither.

--Benjamin Franklin

Longer Version:

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.


two children holding hands while walking in the middle of the fields

Wars are not paid for in wartime. The bill comes later.

--Benjamin Franklin

blue wallpaper

If you ride a horse, sit close and tight, if you ride a man, sit easy and light.

--Benjamin Franklin

shallow focus photography of black DSLR camera

A penny saved is a penny earned.

--Benjamin Franklin

red and yellow abstract painting

The best way to help the poor is to make them uncomfortable in their own poverty.

--Benjamin Franklin

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

There is much difference between imitating a good man and counterfeiting him.

--Benjamin Franklin

mountains under starry sky during nighttime

A bargain is something you have to find a use for once you have bought it.

--Benjamin Franklin

round black vinyl disc on vinyl player

He that spits against the wind, spits in his own face.

--Benjamin Franklin

blue sky

It's the easiest thing in the world for a man to deceive himself.

--Benjamin Franklin

pink rose

I believe ... that the soul of man is immortal and will be treated with justice in another life, respecting its conduct in this.

--Benjamin Franklin

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

Beer is God's way of telling us that he loves us and wants us to be happy.

--Benjamin Franklin

focus photo of a hummingbird on leaf

By my rambling digressions I perceive myself to be growing old.

--Benjamin Franklin


body of water under blue sky during daytime

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.

--Benjamin Franklin


girl leaning on wall during daytime

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.

--Benjamin Franklin

landscape photography of waves and clouds

One good husband is worth two good wives, for the scarcer things are, the more they are valued.

--Benjamin Franklin

person holding yellow sunflower bouquet

Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes it.

--Benjamin Franklin

white snow mountain

He that can compose himself, is wiser than he that composes books.

--Benjamin Franklin

tan wallpaper

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

silhouette of tall trees

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

cat in space

Applause waits on success.

--Benjamin Franklin

silhouette of mountains during starry night

Give me yesterday's bread, this day's flesh, and last year's cider.

--Benjamin Franklin

close-up photo of pink flower

Whatever you become be good at it.

--Benjamin Franklin

man in white shirt and black pants standing on top of building

In a discreet man's mouth, a public thing is private.

--Benjamin Franklin


leafless tree on body of water during daytime

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

--Benjamin Franklin

pot on window with flowers

Silence is not always a sign of wisdom, but babbling is ever a mark of folly.

--Benjamin Franklin

sunset

The busy man has few idle visitors; to the boiling pot, the flies come not.

--Benjamin Franklin


aerial photography of forest

We are not so sensible of the greatest Health as of the least Sickness.

--Benjamin Franklin


sunset

Never confuse Motion with Action.

--Benjamin Franklin

yellow flower

What can laws do without morals?

--Benjamin Franklin

orange tabby cat on black textile

Constant dropping wears away stones.

--Benjamin Franklin

woman in white and black stripe long sleeve shirt standing beside brown concrete building during daytime

A man of words and not of deeds,
Is like a garden full of weeds.

--Benjamin Franklin

person with black tattoo on left hand

To Follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.

--Benjamin Franklin

high-angle photography of mountain at sunset

The exact Quantity and Quality being found out, is to be kept to constantly.

--Benjamin Franklin


flat lay photography teacup on top of saucer

Take heed of the Vinegar of sweet Wine, and the Anger of Good-nature.

--Benjamin Franklin

pink tulip in bloom close up photo

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

person holding sunflower bouquet during daytime

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

lighted candle in dark room

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

low angle photo of starry night

A ploughman on his legs is higher than a gentleman on his knees.

--Benjamin Franklin

white analog wall clock at 11 00

It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth.

--Benjamin Franklin

silhouette photo of trees during night time

The first mistake in public business is the going into it.

--Benjamin Franklin

brown mountain

If you would reap Praise you must sow the Seeds, Gentle Words and useful Deeds.

--Benjamin Franklin

silhouette of man and woman during sunset

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

black and white window illustration

Tomorrow, every Fault is to be amended; but that Tomorrow never comes.

--Benjamin Franklin

sunset

Calamity and prosperity are the touchstones of integrity.

--Benjamin Franklin

gray concrete road between trees

A lighthouse is more useful than a church.

--Benjamin Franklin

light match stick

Take time for all things.

--Benjamin Franklin

Longer Version:

Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.


person holding gray and beige roman numeral alarm clock

When you are good to others, you are best to yourself.

--Benjamin Franklin

Arizona landscape

Don't judge men's wealth or godliness by their Sunday appearance.

--Benjamin Franklin

plain background

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

yellow labrador retriever puppy sitting on floor

Pay what you owe and what you're worth you'll know.

--Benjamin Franklin


silver bell alarm clock

Content and Riches seldom meet together, Riches take thou, contentment I had rather.

--Benjamin Franklin


person holding green plant during daytime

Bacon is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

--Benjamin Franklin

shallow focus photography of woman standing outdoors

No nation has ever been ruined by trade.

--Benjamin Franklin

green forest during daytime

Never spare the parson's wine nor the baker's pudding.

--Benjamin Franklin

person wearing round black analog watch at 9:46

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!

--Benjamin Franklin

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.

--Benjamin Franklin

turned on gray alarm clock displaying 10:11

When in doubt, don't.

--Benjamin Franklin

empty road towards mountains

I am a mortal enemy to arbitrary government and unlimited power.

--Benjamin Franklin


selective focus photography of Russian Blue cat

Nothing is more fatal to health than an over care of it.

--Benjamin Franklin

purple flower field during daytime

Grace thou thy house and let not that grace thee.

--Benjamin Franklin

purple flower in tilt shift lens

Pride that dines on vanity, sups on contempt.

--Benjamin Franklin

sunset

It is better to let 100 criminals go free than to imprison 1 innocent man.

--Benjamin Franklin


cumulus clouds

A man in a passion, rides a mad horse.

--Benjamin Franklin

selective focus photography of grey coin operated telescope

The doors of wisdom are never shut.

--Benjamin Franklin

pink rose flower

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

shallow focus photography of stack of books

When Wine enters, out goes the Truth.

--Benjamin Franklin

white-and-pink flowers

The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.

--Benjamin Franklin

man smiling while facing other person

A man is not completely born until he is dead.

--Benjamin Franklin

cat with flower

Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today.

--Benjamin Franklin


selective focus photography of grey coin operated telescope

The world is run by the people who show up.

--Benjamin Franklin

person holding gray leaf

I would rather have it said, "He lived usefully," than, "He died rich."

--Benjamin Franklin

two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

He that is conscious of a stink in his breeches is suspicious of every wrinkle in another's nose.

--Benjamin Franklin



shallow focus photography of black DSLR camera

The Things which hurt, instruct.

--Benjamin Franklin

two women sitting on wooden dock over body of water

Be neither silly, nor cunning, but wise.

--Benjamin Franklin

silhouette photo of aurora borealis

When Knaves betray each other, one can scarce be blamed or the other pitied.

--Benjamin Franklin

close shot of yellow flowers

An investment in education always pays the highest returns.

--Benjamin Franklin

silhouette of praying man

Thirteen virtues necessary for true success: temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity, and humility.

--Benjamin Franklin

sunset

Remember that credit is money.

--Benjamin Franklin

woman holding cake looking up

He that speaks much, is much mistaken.

--Benjamin Franklin


yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting

Tis against some mens principle to pay interest, and seems against others interest to pay the principle.

--Benjamin Franklin

red rose

Annual giving is the custom of making a gift-a-year to an institution in which one has faith.

--Benjamin Franklin

flat lay photography of several hanging ornaments

People who are wrapped up in themselves make small packages.

--Benjamin Franklin

pot on window with flowers

He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.

--Benjamin Franklin

mountain dew during sunrise

A flatterer never seems absurd: The flatter'd always takes his word.

--Benjamin Franklin

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

Three things are men most likely to be cheated in, a horse, a wig, and a wife.

--Benjamin Franklin

dew drops on glass panel

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

shallow focus photography of books

There is none deceived but he that trusts.

--Benjamin Franklin

lone tree in grassland

Nine men in ten are would be suicides.

--Benjamin Franklin

green mountains beside lake under blue sky during daytime

Death takes no bribes.

--Benjamin Franklin

sunset

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

--Benjamin Franklin

empty road towards mountains

The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands.

--Benjamin Franklin

white and blue floral textile

Be not niggardly of what costs thee nothing, as courtesy, counsel and countenance.

--Benjamin Franklin

white bicycle parked beside wall

Abuses of the freedom of speech ought to be repressed, but to whom are we to commit the power of doing it?

--Benjamin Franklin

gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower

Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.

--Benjamin Franklin


blue sky with stars during night time

Till we are uneasy in Rest, we can have no Desire to move, and without Desire of moving there can be no voluntary Motion.

--Benjamin Franklin

statue of liberty new york city

Speak little, do much.

--Benjamin Franklin

river between trees under blue sky

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

people raises hands

The art of acting consists in keeping people from coughing.

--Benjamin Franklin

silhouette photo of couple standing on beach watching sunset

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

flame illustration

If Jack's in love, he's no judge of Jill's beauty.

--Benjamin Franklin

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

Your best investment is to pour your purse into your head, and no one can take it away from you.

--Benjamin Franklin

red rose flower

Taxes on consumption, like those on capital or income, to be just, must be uniform.

--Benjamin Franklin

brown leaf on asphalt road

Danger is sauce for prayers.

--Benjamin Franklin

feet in sand

Great talkers, little doers.

--Benjamin Franklin

long black haired woman smiling close-up photography

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

purple moth orchids in bloom close up photo

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.

--Benjamin Franklin


orange rose in bloom close up photo

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


gray road beside a trees

No gains without pains.

--Benjamin Franklin

photography of white sky at golden hour

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

The madness of mobs or the insolence of soldiers, or both, when too near to each other, occasion some mischief.

--Benjamin Franklin

landscape photography of road at savannah

An assembly of great men is the greatest fool upon earth.

--Benjamin Franklin

boy wearing American flag print eyeglasses sticking his mouth open

Creditors have better memories than debtors.

--Benjamin Franklin

pink and white abstract painting

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

silhouette of flower during sunset

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

Longer Version:

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.


Russian Blue cat sleeping on whit textile

In the dark, all cats are grey.

--Benjamin Franklin

clear wine glass with red wine

Do you love truth for truth's sake, and will you endeavor impartially to find and receive it yourself, and communicate it to others?

--Benjamin Franklin


shallow focus photography of woman standing outdoors

A nod from a lord is a breakfast for a fool.

--Benjamin Franklin


green leaf tree on shore

He's the best physician that knows the worthlessness of most medicines.

--Benjamin Franklin

man with LED headlight looking upward

He that doth what he should not, shall feel what he would not.

--Benjamin Franklin

Oak Creek Sedona

A friend in need is a friend indeed!

--Benjamin Franklin

body of water under blue sky during daytime

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

grey sand wave

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

pink tulips in clear glass vase

If you wouldn't live long, live well; for folly and wickedness shorten life.

--Benjamin Franklin


man running on seashore

For the best return on your money, pour your purse into your head.

--Benjamin Franklin

sunflower field during daytime

Most people dislike vanity in others, whatever share they have of it themselves.

--Benjamin Franklin

Longer Version:

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.


desert grassland

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

--Benjamin Franklin

sunflower field under white sky during daytime

Squeamish stomachs cannot eat without pickles.

--Benjamin Franklin

couple kissing under gray clouds

Let each new year find you a better person.

--Benjamin Franklin

blue wooden door opened

If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him.

--Benjamin Franklin

gray concrete painted wall

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

calm body of water near alp mountains during nighttime

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

person holding dried beans

I believe there is one Supreme most perfect being.

--Benjamin Franklin

silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time

Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.

--Benjamin Franklin

boy and cat in front of moon

Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and governments.

--Benjamin Franklin

green plants beside brown wooden door

Speak with contempt of none, from slave to king, The meanest Bee hath, and will use, a sting.

--Benjamin Franklin


clear drinking glass with beer on black table

A small leak can sink a great ship.

--Benjamin Franklin

aerial photography of rock formation

Time is money.

--Benjamin Franklin

donkey

Observe all men; thyself most.

--Benjamin Franklin


lights pattern swirls

I know not which lives more unnatural lives, obeying husbands, or commanding wives.

--Benjamin Franklin

woman singing on stage

Life biggest tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

--Benjamin Franklin

purple petaled flower with vase selective focus photography

Lost Time is never found again.

--Benjamin Franklin

full-bloomed red and white tulip flowers

If better is possible, good is not enough.

--Benjamin Franklin

green background

He that can take rest is greater than he that can take cities.

--Benjamin Franklin

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

He that pursues two hares at once, does not catch one and lets the other go.

--Benjamin Franklin

selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers

A father's a treasure; a brother's a comfort; a friend is both.

--Benjamin Franklin

black textile on white textile

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

worm's eye view photography of pink cheery blossom tree

A penny saved is two pence clear, A pin a day's a groat a year.

--Benjamin Franklin

iceberg near mountain during day

There is no such thing as a good war or a bad peace.

--Benjamin Franklin


blue, white, and pink petaled flowers on gray surface

By the word simplicity, is not always meant folly or ignorance; but often, pure and upright Nature, free from artifice, craft or deceitful ornament.

--Benjamin Franklin


shallow focus photography of woman standing outdoors

Don't think to hunt two hares with one dog.

--Benjamin Franklin

Arizona landscape

Where there is Hunger, Law is not regarded; and where Law is not regarded, there will be Hunger.

--Benjamin Franklin

green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

No employment can be managed without arithmetic, no mechanical invention without geometry.

--Benjamin Franklin

brown wooden surface

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

man in green shirt and blue knit cap sitting on floor

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.

--Benjamin Franklin


white flowers

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

Longer Version:

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.


iceberg near mountain during day

Those have a short Lent who owe money to be paid at Easter.

--Benjamin Franklin


Arizona landscape rocks

It seems to me, that if statesmen had a little more arithmetic, or were accustomed to calculation, wars would be much less frequent.

--Benjamin Franklin

green sports court illustration

The King's cheese is half wasted in parings: But no matter, 'tis made of the people's milk.

--Benjamin Franklin

landscape photography of road at savannah

Great good nature without prudence is a great misfortune.

--Benjamin Franklin

rocks on sea side at daytime

The way to be safe is never to be secure.

--Benjamin Franklin

low angle photography of purple sky

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

gray concrete surface

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.

--Benjamin Franklin

white and black soccer ball on grass field

He that riseth late, must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night.

--Benjamin Franklin

silhouette of grass under moonlight

If Passion drives, let Reason hold the Reins.

--Benjamin Franklin

photography of lake near tree

It is very hard to dislike someone you have helped.

--Benjamin Franklin

white stars cutout on black surface with red string

Don't throw stones at your neighbors if your own windows are glass.

--Benjamin Franklin

white boat on sea under white sky during daytime

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?

--Benjamin Franklin

crack in wall

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

--Benjamin Franklin

full moon in the sky

The most exquisite folly is made of wisdom spun too fine.

--Benjamin Franklin

person running

Those that won't be counseled can't be helped.

--Benjamin Franklin

closeup photo of green leafed plant

That which hurts, also instructs.

--Benjamin Franklin

calm ocean

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

yellow sunflower

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

focus photo of a hummingbird on leaf

I looked around for God's judgments, but saw no signs of them.

--Benjamin Franklin

silhouette of mountains during starry night

You may give give a man office, but you cannot give him discretion.

--Benjamin Franklin

white and blue floral textile

One man may be more cunning than another, but not more cunning than everybody else.

--Benjamin Franklin

blue sky with white clouds

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

--Benjamin Franklin

white flowers

The man that walks wit crowd, will get no farther than the crowd. The man that walks alone, will reach places unknown.

--Benjamin Franklin

green fruit in macro lens photography

Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to gain leisure.

--Benjamin Franklin

two grey elephants on grass plains during sunset

Clean your Finger, before you point at my Spots.

--Benjamin Franklin

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

pot on window with flowers

Then plough deep while sluggards sleep, and you shall have corn to sell and to keep.

--Benjamin Franklin


tan wallpaper

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

white ceramic mug with coffee on brown wooden table

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

--Benjamin Franklin

pink and white flowers on white surface

Hear no ill of a friend, nor speak any of an enemy.

--Benjamin Franklin

green trees beside lake during daytime

Practice makes perfect.

--Benjamin Franklin

Arizona landscape

Be ashamed to catch yourself idle.

--Benjamin Franklin

panoramic photography of mountains

Electrical matter differs from common matter in this, that the parts of the latter mutually attract, those of the former mutually repel each other.

--Benjamin Franklin

white and black bird

Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.

--Benjamin Franklin

green bird perching on stem

He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.

--Benjamin Franklin

street lamp

Fart for freedom, fart for liberty--and fart proudly.

--Benjamin Franklin

brown rugby ball

Tart Words make no Friends: a spoonful of honey will catch more flies than Gallon of Vinegar.

--Benjamin Franklin

blue sky

You made delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.

--Benjamin Franklin

green and white painted wall

Christians are directed to have faith in Christ, as the effectual means of obtaining the change they desire.

--Benjamin Franklin


two mugs of brown liquids

I am lord of myself, accountable to none.

--Benjamin Franklin

white flower in grayscale photography

Prodigality of Time produces Poverty of Mind as well as of Estate.

--Benjamin Franklin

a couple holding hands with a wedding ring visible

To bear other people's afflictions, everyone has courage and enough to spare.

--Benjamin Franklin

dirt road to sunset

A little neglect may breed great mischief.

--Benjamin Franklin

Longer Version:

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.


brown grass field during daytime

Rich widows are the only secondhand goods that sell at first-class prices.

--Benjamin Franklin

red rose flower

I never knew a man who was good at making excuses who was good at anything else.

--Benjamin Franklin

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

Those who beat their swords into plowshares usually end up plowing for those who kept their swords.

--Benjamin Franklin

green plant in tilt shift lens

Most men die at 25, we just don't bury them until they are 70.

--Benjamin Franklin

running white, brown, and black dog

It is the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.

--Benjamin Franklin

photo og calm body of water

If Pride leads the Van, Beggary brings up the Rear.

--Benjamin Franklin

silhouette photo of trees during night time

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

--Benjamin Franklin

plain

Serving God is doing good to man, but praying is thought an easier service and therefore more generally chosen.

--Benjamin Franklin

three people paddling in canoe

Without justice, courage is weak.

--Benjamin Franklin

close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

Love of country is the Mason's deed; world citizenship is his thought.

--Benjamin Franklin

white and purple flower in macro shot

If you want something done, ask a busy person.

--Benjamin Franklin

man holding smartphone in close up photography

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

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

--Benjamin Franklin

photo of pine tree

When you are finished changing, you're finished.

--Benjamin Franklin

grass field under cloudy sky

Great talkers should be cropt, for they've no need of ears.

--Benjamin Franklin

red rose in black background

Many estates are spent in the getting, since women for tea forsake spinning and knitting, and men for punch forsake hewing and splitting.

--Benjamin Franklin

road during night time

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

pink

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

flowers

Man is a tool-making animal.

--Benjamin Franklin

leafless tree under gray sky

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

photo of clear sky full of stars

Genius is the ability to hold one's vision steady until it becomes reality.

--Benjamin Franklin

person holding hands

What you would seem to be, be really.

--Benjamin Franklin

grayscale photography of woman

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

sunflowers

Rather go to bed supperless, than rise in debt.

--Benjamin Franklin

pair of white lace-up shoes

There are many roads to success, but only one sure road to failure; and that is to try to please everyone else.

--Benjamin Franklin

full moon in the sky

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

person holding brown sand close-up photography

If you'ld have a servant that you like, serve yourself.

--Benjamin Franklin


white pendant lamp

The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars.

--Benjamin Franklin



multicolored abstract painting

For Age and Want save while you may; No morning Sun lasts a whole day.

--Benjamin Franklin

man in cowboy hat

I wish to live without committing any fault at any time.

--Benjamin Franklin

man in black bubble hoodie looking at the stars

It is a bad temper of mind that takes delight in opposition.

--Benjamin Franklin

green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime

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

--Benjamin Franklin

yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime

A greater Quantity of some things may be eaten than of others, some being of lighter Digestion than others.

--Benjamin Franklin

woman holding cake looking up

The best doctors gives the least medicine.

--Benjamin Franklin

blue and white water surface

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

dirt road to sunset

When you taste honey, remember gall.

--Benjamin Franklin

purple lavender flower

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

yellow green leaf

Did not strong connections draw me elsewhere, I believe Scotland would be the country I would choose to end my days in.

--Benjamin Franklin

closeup photo of white petaled flowers

The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense.

--Benjamin Franklin

None

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

beige concrete wall

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

--Benjamin Franklin

two dragonflies on green cornate leaf

Make yourself sheep and the wolves will eat you.

--Benjamin Franklin

shallow focus photography of condenser microphone

What signifies knowing the names, if you know not the natures of things.

--Benjamin Franklin

landscape photo of mountain during nighttime

Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us.

--Benjamin Franklin

Longer Version:

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.


sunset with storm clouds

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

shallow focus photography of woman standing outdoors

He who multiplies riches multiplies cares.

--Benjamin Franklin

elephant on green grass field during daytime

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

Think What You Do When You Run in Debt: You Give to Another Power over Your Liberty.

--Benjamin Franklin

close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset

The rule is simple: Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy.

--Benjamin Franklin


five woman standing on seashore

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?

--Benjamin Franklin

pink flower with green stem

In America, they do not inquire of a stranger, "What is he?" but, "What can he do?"

--Benjamin Franklin

white tulips with green leaves

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

person holding brown leaf

Quarrels never could last long, if on one side only lay the wrong.

--Benjamin Franklin

empty road towards mountains

Poverty wants some things, Luxury many things, Avarice all things.

--Benjamin Franklin


two dragonflies on green cornate leaf

The only time not wasted is wasted time.

--Benjamin Franklin

clear liquid on leaf

A full Belly is the Mother of all Evil.

--Benjamin Franklin

yellow and black striped background

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.

--Benjamin Franklin


man in white shirt and black pants standing on top of building

A good spouse and health is a person's best wealth.

--Benjamin Franklin

landscape photo of mountain during nighttime

You have on hand those things that you need if you have but the wit and wisdom to use them.

--Benjamin Franklin

blue wallpaper

We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.

--Benjamin Franklin

pink dahlia in bloom

Necessity never made a good bargain.

--Benjamin Franklin

brown wooden board

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

pink tulips in close up photography

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

brown trees under blue sky during daytime

A true friend is the best Possession.

--Benjamin Franklin

silhouette of mountain

You will discover 3 trustworthy mates, an aged wife, an aged canine, and ready dollars.

--Benjamin Franklin

four person standing beside wall

The worst wheel of the cart makes the most noise.

--Benjamin Franklin

boy wearing American flag print eyeglasses sticking his mouth open

He that hath a Trade, hath an Estate.

--Benjamin Franklin

shallow focus photography of condenser microphone

The English love an insult. It's their only test of a man's sincerity.

--Benjamin Franklin

pink flowers with white background

Do not do that which you would not have known.

--Benjamin Franklin

green ceramic mug beside book

The United States Constitutional Convention, except for three or four persons, thought prayers unnecessary.

--Benjamin Franklin

fire near trees

Hear reason or she will make you feel her.

--Benjamin Franklin

blue and white striped textile

If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.

--Benjamin Franklin

closeup photography of black and brown bird

Let thy maid servant be faithful, strong, and homely.

--Benjamin Franklin

person standing on rock formation during daytime

Thou can'st not joke an enemy into a friend,
but thou may'st a friend into an enemy.

--Benjamin Franklin



blue flower in close up photography

Keep flax from fire, and youth from gaming.

--Benjamin Franklin

man in white shirt and black pants standing on top of building

Before you consult your fancy, consult your purse.

--Benjamin Franklin

sunflowers

Reading was the only amusement I allowed myself.

--Benjamin Franklin

yellow petaled flower screenshot

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.

--Benjamin Franklin

raindrops on clear window

Saying and Doing, have quarrel'd and parted.

--Benjamin Franklin

sliced lemon on pink surface

When women cease to be handsome, they study to be good.

--Benjamin Franklin

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

three clear drinking glasses with brown liquid

Some people die at 25 and aren't buried until 75.

--Benjamin Franklin

Oak Creek Sedona

Despair ruins some, presumption many.

--Benjamin Franklin

chocolate

I consent Sir, to this Constitution because I expect no better, and because I am not sure, that it is not the best.

--Benjamin Franklin

smiling woman

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.

--Benjamin Franklin


grayscale photo of person's back

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..

--Benjamin Franklin

shallow focus photography of white flowers

A man separated from his reflective belt is no man at all.

--Benjamin Franklin

photo of brown wood slab

Little boats should keep near shore.

--Benjamin Franklin

silhouette of man looking towards left

Setting too good an Example is a Kind of slander seldom forgiven.

--Benjamin Franklin

boat on sea far away from island

He that scatters thorns, let him not go barefoot.

--Benjamin Franklin

person sitting on black surface looking to sky

If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.

--Benjamin Franklin

mountains under white mist at daytime

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

--Benjamin Franklin

pink concrete wall during daytime

There's many witty men whose brains can't fill their bellies.

--Benjamin Franklin

man in black pants sitting on chair

Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.

--Benjamin Franklin

yellow flower field under clear sky

I fear the man who drinks water and so remembers this morning what the rest of us said last night.

--Benjamin Franklin

aerial photography of gray and white stone lot

Praise to the undeserving is severe satire.

--Benjamin Franklin

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

Cold and cunning come from the north: But cunning sans wisdom is nothing worth.

--Benjamin Franklin

person sitting on black surface looking to sky

As sore places meet most rubs, proud folks meet most affronts.

--Benjamin Franklin

two children holding hands while walking in the middle of the fields

The most acceptable service of God is doing good to man.

--Benjamin Franklin

person holding gray leaf

Constant complaint is the poorest sort of pay for all the comforts we enjoy.

--Benjamin Franklin

purple and green light digital wallpaper

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

man with LED headlight looking upward

He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner.

--Benjamin Franklin

four coffee cups on floor

You can do anything you set your mind to.

--Benjamin Franklin

adult black and tan dachshund

Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.

--Benjamin Franklin


sunset

There is no little enemy.

--Benjamin Franklin

man running on seashore

The noblest question in the world is: 'What good may I do in it?'

--Benjamin Franklin

close-up photo of pink flower

He is ill clothed, who is bare of virtue.

--Benjamin Franklin

woman standing between sunflower field during daytime

Little minds think and talk about people.
Average minds think and talk about things and actions.
Great minds think and talk about ideas.

--Benjamin Franklin

brown chopped logs

Those who are content have enough; those that complain, have too much.

--Benjamin Franklin

white oriental lily flower

Love and toothache have many cures, but none infallible, except possession and dispossession.

--Benjamin Franklin

brown textile in close up image

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?

--Benjamin Franklin

woman in white and black stripe long sleeve shirt standing beside brown concrete building during daytime

A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.

--Benjamin Franklin

brown sand under blue sky during daytime

Money is of a prolific generating nature. Money can beget money, and its offspring can beget more.

--Benjamin Franklin

mountains under starry sky during nighttime

They who have nothing to trouble them, will be troubled at nothing.

--Benjamin Franklin

silhouette of man looking towards left

If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.

--Benjamin Franklin

white and black soccer ball on grass field

He that is rich need not live sparingly,
and he that can live sparingly need not be rich.

--Benjamin Franklin

man and woman kissing beside body of water during daytime

Security without liberty is called prison.

--Benjamin Franklin

grey cliff near body of water

Lovers, travellers, and poets will give money to be heard.

--Benjamin Franklin

green background

Watch the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.

--Benjamin Franklin

brown leaf tree facing the lake

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

--Benjamin Franklin

silhouette of three men falling in line while walking during golden hour

The early morning has gold in its mouth.

--Benjamin Franklin

three clear glass cups

When men and woman die, as poets sung, his heart's the last part moves, her last, the tongue.

--Benjamin Franklin

white stars cutout on black surface with red string

He's gone, and forgot nothing but to say farewell to his creditors.

--Benjamin Franklin

green

I never turned to drink. It seemed to turn to me.

--Benjamin Franklin

yellow flower in green grass field

It would be thought a hard government that should tax its people one tenth part.

--Benjamin Franklin

black fawn pug playing with plush toy

E'er you remark another's sin, bid your own conscience look within.

--Benjamin Franklin

sunset

Avoid dishonest gain: no price can recompence the pangs of vice.

--Benjamin Franklin

gray and white bird on red and yellow leaves

To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.

--Benjamin Franklin

man in black jacket and black pants standing on brown rock formation during daytime

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

long exposure photography of beach

A wise man will desire no more than what he may get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and leave contently.

--Benjamin Franklin

Arizona landscape

Cunning proceeds from lack of capacity.

--Benjamin Franklin

orange abstract painting

If you have no Honey in your Pot, have some in your Mouth.

--Benjamin Franklin

cup of latte on table

Let thy vices die before thee.

--Benjamin Franklin

blue sky

I will speak ill of no man and speak all the good I know of everybody.

--Benjamin Franklin

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

--Benjamin Franklin

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Some make Conscience of wearing a Hat in the Church, who make none of robbing the Altar.

--Benjamin Franklin

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

--Benjamin Franklin

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Great estates may venture more; little boats must keep near shore.

--Benjamin Franklin

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