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Benjamin Franklin Quotes
Article By: Brian Shute, Ph.D., CCC

Benjamin Franklin was a remarkable statesman, inventor, humanitarian, and philosopher. Amongst many things, he invented eye glasses, the Franklin Stove, and discovered electricity. He was a polymath. Franklin donated his countless ideas and inventions to mankind and was also an abolitionist. Perhaps these Franklin quotes offer a glimpse into his methodical, reflective, and experiential thinking. They are certainly worth pondering and sharing.
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If you want a thing done, go -- if not, send.


All would live long, but none would be old.


Fish and visitors stink in three days.


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



A child thinks twenty shillings and twenty years can scarce ever be spent.


A penny saved is twopence dear (often misquoted as "A penny saved is a penny earned")



The greatest monarch on the proudest throne is obliged to sit upon his own arse.


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



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.



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

Were the offer made true, I would engage to run again, from beginning to end, the same career of life. All I would ask should be the privilege of an author, to correct, in a second edition, certain errors of the first.

You can bear your own faults, and why not a fault in your wife?

God heals, and the doctor takes the fees.


Nothing is more fatal to health than an overcare of it.


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


Praise to the undeserving is severe satire.


Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.


Would you persuade, speak of interest, not of reason.

What maintains one vice would bring up two children.


There never was a good war or a bad peace.

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.


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


Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.


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

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

If you desire many things, many things will seem but a few.


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

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.


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


Work as if you were to live one hundred years; pray as if you were to die tomorrow.

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


If you want a thing done, go; if not, send.

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

Lost time is never found again.

You may delay, but time will not.

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

If time be of all things most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality, since lost time is never found again.

Happiness is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day.


Follow your bliss. -Joseph Campbell Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.


One today is worth two tomorrows.


Today is yesterday's pupil.

Fatigue is the best pillow.


He that can have patience can have what he will.


Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.

If you would be loved, love and be lovable.


Energy and persistence conquer all things.

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

The secret of success is constancy to purpose.


The way to be safe is never to be secure.


Well done is better than well said.

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

Success has ruined many a man.

Diligence is the mother of good luck, and God gives all things to industry.


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

Perform without fail what you resolve.

Diligence is the mother of good luck, and God gives all things to industry.


God helps them that helps themselves.


Little strokes fell great oaks.


Human felicity is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen as by little advantages that occur every day.

A little neglect may breed great mischief. ... For want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe, the horse was lost; for want of a horse, the battle was lost; for want of the battle, the war was lost.

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 previously unsusceptible.


Those things that hurt, instruct.


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


Without love, what are we worth? Eighty-nine cents! Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely.


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


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


If you would be loved, love and be lovable.

Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion.

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


At 20 years of age the will reigns, at 30 the wit; at 40 the judgment.


A single man has not nearly the value he would have in a state of union. He is an incomplete animal. He resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors.

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; being overtaken and slain by the enemy, all for want of care about a horseshoe nail.

Carelessness does more harm than a want of knowledge.

Little boats should keep near shore.

Teach your child to hold his tongue, He'll learn fast enough to speak.


It is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.

Eat to please thyself, but dress to please others.

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

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

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

None preaches better than the ant, and she says nothing.

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


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


Keep flax from fire, youth from gaming.


We must all hang together, else we shall fall and hang separately.

Take time for all things.


After crosses and losses, men grow humbler and wiser.

In humility imitate Jesus and Socrates.


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


Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.


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

If you would be loved, love and be lovable.

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

God heals and the doctor takes the fee.

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

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


Let they child's first lesson be obedience, and the second will be what thou wilt.

Plough deep while sluggards sleep.


He that can have patience can have what he will.

Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.

Pride that dines on vanity, sups on contempt.

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

Mine is better than ours.


The best is the cheapest.

If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be without it?


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

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

Fatigue is the best pillow.

Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.

One today is worth two tomorrows.

Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.

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

There never was a good war or a bad peace.

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

An undutiful Daughter will prove an unmanageable Wife.

Some are weather-wise, some are otherwise.

If a man could half his wishes he would double his Troubles.

Handle your tools without mittens.

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

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