Benjamin Franklin Quotes


Type: Politician

Born: 17 januar 1706.

Died: 17.april 1790.

Franklin was born in 1706 at Boston. He was the tenth son of a soap and candlemaker. He received some formal education but was principally self-taught. After serving an apprenticeship to his father between the ages of 10 and 12, he went to work for his half-brother James, a printer.

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all easy; and he that riseth late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night; while laziness travels so slowly, that poverty soon overtakes him.

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

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

He that can have patience can have what he will.

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

Well done is better than well said.

Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.. Benjamin Franklin
Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.

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

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

Were I a Roman Catholic, perhaps I should on this occasion vow to build a chapel to some saint, but as I am not, if I were to vow at all, it should be to build a light-house.

[Letter to his wife, 17 July 1757, after narrowly avoiding a shipwreck; often misquoted as "Lighthouses are more helpful than churches."]

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.

Lost Time is never found again.

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

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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

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

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

Ohne Gedankenfreiheit gibt es keine Weisheit. Und ohne Redefreiheit keine öffentliche Freiheit.

239Fish and Visitors stink after three days

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

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

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.

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.

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

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

... a book indeed sometimes debauched me from my work....

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

The way to wealth is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality: that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality nothing will do, and with them everything.

You may delay, but time will not.

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

- written for the Pennsylvania Assembly in its Reply to the Governor, 11 November 1755

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

After three days men grow weary, of a wench, a guest, and weather rainy.

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

it is hard for an empty sack to stand upright

I'd rather be a pessimist because then I can only be pleasantly surprised.

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

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

The Things which hurt, instruct.

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

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

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

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

The securest place is a prison cell, but there is no liberty

He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither.

People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both

Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes

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

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.

Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one.

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

Games lubricate the body and mind.

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

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

Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned. Be industrious and frugal, and you will be rich. Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy. At least you will, by such conduct, stand the be.

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