100 Quotes By Benjamin Franklin That Will Change The Way You Think
Founding Father of the United States
Milk Street, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Popularly known as the First Citizen of the 18
th 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!
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead. They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn. He that can have patience can have what he will. A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria. You may delay, but time will not. Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five. Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal. Never ruin an apology with an excuse. We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid. I didn't fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
[misquote of a letter about wine, see quotes/831031] Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, His precepts! Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one. Hide not your talents, they for use were made,
What's a sundial in the shade? Well done is better than well said. Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn. Lost Time is never found again. Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle. It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed. Tis a great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults; greater to tell him his. Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man. 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. The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn't know how to read. Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of. There was never a bad peace or a good war. Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. Never confuse Motion with Action. He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen.
Keep in the sunlight. Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame. The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart. Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing. When you are finished changing, you're finished. A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over. When you're testing to see how deep water is, never use two feet. Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away ...but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. To find out a girl's faults, praise her to her girlfriends. We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. If Jack's in love, he's no judge of Jill's beauty. In the Affairs of this World Men are saved, not by Faith,
but by the Lack of it. Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults. Life biggest tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see. Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances. Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards. Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles. 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. When the people find that they can vote themselves money that will herald the end of the republic. While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us. Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none. Work as if you were to live a thousand years, play as if you were to die tomorrow. Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody. If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail! A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing! Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today. Contentment makes poor men rich,
Discontent makes rich men poor. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason. Security without liberty is called prison. If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing. All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move. When the well is dry, we know the worth of water. Most people die at 25 and aren’t buried until they’re 75. To be humble to superiors is a duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness. A Brother may not be a Friend, but a Friend will always be a Brother. The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance. It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it. Eat to live, don't live to eat. Fish and visitors smell in three days. Those things that hurt, instruct. He that lieth down with Dogs, shall rise up with Fleas. He who can have patience can have what he will. Words may show a man's wit, actions his meaning. Fools make feasts and wise men eat them. A good example is the best sermon. For the best return on your money, pour your purse into your head. Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship. There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self. Genius without education is like silver in the mine. No one cares what you know until they know that you care! How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them. Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.
All the little money that ever came into my hands was ever laid out in books.
You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.
You can do anything you set your mind to
...there will be sleeping enough in the grave....
One today is worth two tomorrows
Women are books, and men the readers be... Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it.