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A collection of inspirational and thought-provoking quotes by Benjamin Franklin, the founding father of the United States on leadership, life, success, failure, statecraft, knowledge and love.

100 Quotes By Benjamin Franklin That Will Change The Way You Think

Quick Facts

Famous As: Founding Father of the United States

Born On: January 17, 1706

Died On: April 17, 1790

Born In: Boston, Massachusetts Bay

Died At Age: 84

Popularly known as the First Citizen of the 18th Century, Benjamin Franklin was a famous American writer, inventor, politician, statesman, author, scientist, diplomat and civic activist among many other profiles that he held in his lifetime. As a young boy, Franklin apprenticed with his printer brother. The opportunity gave him the much needed exposure to new ideas and ideals. He grew up to become an inventor and is best known till date for his work in electrical theory. He established the laws by which electricity operates and also conducted crucial inventions including the Lightning rod and Franklin stove. As a diplomat, he was widely admired among the French and was a major figure in the development of Franco-American relations. As a politician, Franklin still stands as America’s most effective statesman and ambassador. He was undoubtedly American’s most influential Founding Fathers who drafted the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. Given here is a compilation of some of the best known quotes by Benjamin Franklin covering a wide variety of aspectslike life, truth, education, learning, happiness, anger, finance, and so on. Brief yourself and get inspired by his greatness!

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Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

He that can have patience can have what he will.

Benjamin Franklin

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

You may delay, but time will not.

Benjamin Franklin

Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

Never ruin an apology with an excuse.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. [misquote of a letter about wine, see quotes/831031]

Benjamin Franklin

Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.

Benjamin Franklin

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

Benjamin Franklin

How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, His precepts!

Benjamin Franklin

Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

Well done is better than well said.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

Lost Time is never found again.

Benjamin Franklin

Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.

Benjamin Franklin

It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.

Benjamin Franklin

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

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

Tis a great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults; greater to tell him his.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

There was never a bad peace or a good war.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

Never confuse Motion with Action.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.

Benjamin Franklin

The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.

Benjamin Franklin

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.

Benjamin Franklin

When you are finished changing, you're finished.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

When you're testing to see how deep water is, never use two feet.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

In the Affairs of this World Men are saved, not by Faith, but by the Lack of it.

Benjamin Franklin

Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.

Benjamin Franklin

Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.

Benjamin Franklin

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.

Benjamin Franklin

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.

Benjamin Franklin

If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.

Benjamin Franklin

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

When the people find that they can vote themselves money that will herald the end of the republic.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

Work as if you were to live a thousand years, play as if you were to die tomorrow.

Benjamin Franklin

Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.

Benjamin Franklin

We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing!

Benjamin Franklin

Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

Security without liberty is called prison.

Benjamin Franklin

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

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

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

Most people die at 25 and aren’t buried until they’re 75.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

A Brother may not be a Friend, but a Friend will always be a Brother.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

Eat to live, don't live to eat.

Benjamin Franklin

Fish and visitors smell in three days.

Benjamin Franklin

Those things that hurt, instruct.

Benjamin Franklin

He that lieth down with Dogs, shall rise up with Fleas.

Benjamin Franklin

He who can have patience can have what he will.

Benjamin Franklin

Words may show a man's wit, actions his meaning.

Benjamin Franklin

Fools make feasts and wise men eat them.

Benjamin Franklin

A good example is the best sermon.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

Genius without education is like silver in the mine.

Benjamin Franklin

No one cares what you know until they know that you care!

Benjamin Franklin

How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

All the little money that ever came into my hands was ever laid out in books.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

You can do anything you set your mind to

Benjamin Franklin

...there will be sleeping enough in the grave....

Benjamin Franklin

One today is worth two tomorrows

Benjamin Franklin

Women are books, and men the readers be...

Benjamin Franklin

Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it.

Benjamin Franklin