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