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Benjamin Franklin quotes (170)

One should eat to live not live to eat.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Easy

Don't think to hunt two hares with one dog.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Loyalty

Well done is twice done.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Begin

Waste neither time nor money but make the best use of both.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Waste

Ere you consult your fancy consult your purse.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Fashion

Distrust and caution are the parents of security.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Security

All would live long but none would be old.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Age

God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: This is my country.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Earth

None preaches better than the ant and she says nothing.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Preach

Search others for virtues thyself for thy vices.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Virtue

What maintains one vice would bring up two children.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Vice

If you do what you should not you must bear what you would not.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Attain

He that has done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another than he whom you yourself have obliged.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Kindness

He that can take rest is greater than he that can take cities.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Rest

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Conscience

A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Lawyers

Plough deep while sluggards sleep.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Ambition

There are three faithful friends an old wife an old dog and ready money.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Dog

Here comes the orator with his flood of words and his drop of reason.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Word

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

He that can have patience can have what he will.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Worse

The heart of a fool is in his mouth but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Heart

To lengthen thy life lessen thy meals.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Diet

Our necessities never equal our wants.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Want

It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Substance

There never was a good war or a bad peace.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Peace

Haste makes waste.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Cause

He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Hope

If you know how to spend less than you get you have the philosophers stone.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Thrift

That it is better 100 guilty persons should escape than that one innocent person should suffer is a maxim that has been long and generally approved.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Justice

Would you live with ease Do what you ought and not what you please.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Please

Pride breakfasted with Plenty dined with Poverty supped with Infamy.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Breakfast

Pride is said to be the last vice the good man gets clear of.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Pride

If passion drives you let reason hold the reins.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Passion

Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure when he is really selling himself to it.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Pleasure

The morning hour has gold in its mouth.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Gold

Don't judge men's wealth or godliness by their Sunday appearance.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Dogma

Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and parliaments. If we can get rid of the former we may easily bear the latter.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Idleness

Necessity never made a good bargain.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Necessity

God works wonders now and then; Behold a lawyer an honest man.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Epitaphs

If you would not be forgotten As soon as you are dead and rotten Either write things worthy reading Or do things worth the writing.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: False

A good example is the best sermon.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Example

There are more old drunkards than old doctors.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Alcohol

Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Lazy

To find out a girls faults praise her to her girlfriends.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Woe

A little house well filled A little field well tilled And a little wife well willed Are great riches.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: House

It is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Desire

He that hath a trade hath an estate; he that hath a calling hath an office of profit and honor.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Labor

Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Haste

Tis against some mens principle to pay interest and seems against others interest to pay the principle.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Debt

If a man empties his purse into his head no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: If

He who shall introduce into public affairs the principle of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Christianity

God helps those who help themselves.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: God

Nothing gives an author so much pleasure as to find his works respectfully quoted by other learned authors.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Author

Our friend and we were invited aboard on a party of pleasure which is to last forever. His chair was ready first and he has gone before us. We could not all conveniently start together; and why should you and I be grieved at this since we are soon to follow and know where to find him.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Death

To be proud of knowledge is to be blind with light.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Knowledge

Are you angry that others disappoint you? Remember you cannot depend on yourself.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Self

He that waits upon Fortune is never sure of a Dinner.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Fortune

He that riseth late must trot all day and shall scarce overtake his business at night.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Morning

He thats secure is not safe.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Safety

Trouble springs from idleness.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Proverb

Each year one vicious habit rooted out in time ought to make the worst man good.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Habit

Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Secret

Hear reason or she'll make you feel her.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Reason

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. Written when he was 16.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Freedom

Vessels large may venture more But little boats should keep near shore.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Inferior

An old young man will be a young old man.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Theory

Humility makes great men twice honorable.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Humanitarian

The best of all medicines are rest and fasting.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Medicine

One today is worth two tomorrows.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Time

Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Anticipation

He that raises a large family does indeed while he lives to observe them stand a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure too.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Family

Content makes poor men rich; Discontent makes rich men poor.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Potential

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   Category: Newspaper

The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Eyes

Where there is marriage without love there will be love without marriage.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Love

You can not pluck roses without fear of thorns Nor enjoy a fair wife without danger of horns.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Wife

Fatigue is the best pillow.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Sleep

It is the eyes of other people that ruin us. If all but myself were blind I should want neither a fine house nor fine furniture.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Envy

A false friend and a shadow stay around only while the sun shines.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Friendship

Half a truth is often a great lie.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Lever

A good conscience is a continued Christmas.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Christmas

All mankind is divided into three classes: those who are immovable those who are movable; and those who move.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Change

To bear other peoples afflictions everyone has courage and enough to spare.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Courage

When confronted with two courses of action I jot down on a piece of paper all the arguments in favor of each one then on the opposite side I write the arguments against each one. Then by weighing the arguments pro and con and canceling them out one against the other I take the course indicated by what remains.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Argument

In the Affairs of the World Men are saved not by Faith but by the Want of it.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Faith

The man who does things makes many mistakes but he never makes the biggest mistake of all doing nothing.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Mistake

The most trifling actions that affect a mans credit are to be regarded. The sound of your hammer at five in the morning or at nine at night heard by a creditor makes him easy six months longer; but if he sees you at the billiard-table or hears your voice at a tavern when you should be at work he sends for his money the next day.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Credit

Proclaim not all thou knowest all thou hast nor all thou canst.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Chance

In general mankind since the improvement of cookery eats twice as much as nature requires.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Gluttony

Pain wastes the Body Pleasures the Understanding.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Pain

Mine is better than ours.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Property

Most people return small favors acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones with ingratitude.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Favors

A place for everything everything in its place.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Order

Success has ruin'd many a man.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Success

We must indeed all hang together or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Hanging

A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: More

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. This sentence was much used in the Revolutionary period. It occurs even so early as November 1755 in an answer by the Assembly of Pennsylvania to the Governor and forms the motto of Franklins Historical Review 1759 appearing also in the body of the work. Frothingham: Rise of the Republic of the United States p. 413.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Deserve

The absent are never without fault nor the present without excuses.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Absent

A cheerful face is nearly as good for an invalid as healthy weather.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Cheerful

The best is the cheapest.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Best

Clean your finger before you point at my spots.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Hypocrisy

Little strokes Fell great oaks.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Gravity

A long life may not be good enough but a good life is long enough.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Good

The discontented man finds no easy chair.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Discontent

Let the childs first lesson be obedience and the second will be what thou wilt.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Children

Experience keeps a dear school but fools will learn in no other.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Experience

No gains without pains.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Gains

Ben Franklin was a little stout later in life and it was said that in Paris a young woman tapping him on his protruding abdomen saidDr. Franklin if this were on a woman wed know what to think. And Franklin repliedHalf an hour ago Mademoiselle it was on a woman and now what do you think?
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Abdomen

The cat in gloves catches no mice.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Cat

I shall never ask never refuse nor ever resign an office.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Public

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Excuse

Man is a tool-making animal.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Tools

Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Administration

If a man could have just half of his wishes he would double his troubles.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Wish

Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Genius

A man may if he knows not how to save as he gets keep his nose to the grindstone.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Save

After crosses and losses men grow humbler and wiser.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Trouble

Any fool can criticize condemn and complain and most fools do.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Condemn

After three days men grow weary of a wench a guest and weather rainy.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Guest

Sin is not harmful because it is forbidden but it is forbidden because it is harmful.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Sin

Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe seldom executed.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Law

It is better to be thought a fool than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Stupidity

An egg today is better than a hen tomorrow.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Egg

Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Civil

Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Man

Never leave that till to-morrow which you can do to-day.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Present

Clearly spoken Mr. Fogg; you explain English by Greek.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Ambiguity

Fish and visitors smell in three days.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Fish

The solution of problems is one of the lowest forms of mathematical research ... yet its educational value cannot be overestimated. It is the ladder by which the mind ascends into higher fields of original research and investigation. Many dormant minds have been aroused into activity through the mastery of a single problem.
Benjamin Franklin Finkel   Category: Unsorted

At the working mans house hunger looks in but dares not enter.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Work

Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Fool

God heals and the doctor takes the fee.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Doctor

Be at war with your vices; at peace with your neighbors and let every new year find you a better man.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: War

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Anger

Despair ruins some presumption many.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Despair

Many have quarreled about religion that never practice it.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Religion

Never confuse motion with action.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Action

Be sober and temperate and you will be healthy. Be in general virtuous and you will be happy.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Temperance

I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country; he is a bird of bad immoral character: like those among men who live by sharping and robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. The turkey is a much more respectable bird and withal a true original native of America.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Bird

Ill customs and bad advice are seldom forgotten.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Advice

Sometime we may learn more from a mans errors than from his virtues.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Error

Pride that dines on vanity sups on contempt.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Contempt

Happiness consists more in small conveniences of pleasures that occur every day than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Day

Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Resolution

Kill no more pigeons than you can eat.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Kill

If you want to keep a secret from an enemy tell it not to a friend.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Endure

Beauty and folly are old companions.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Beauty

He does not possess wealth that allows it to possess him.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Wealth

When the well is dry we know the worth of water.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Prepare

Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Rich

Employ thy time well if thou meanest to gain leisure.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Leisure

I should have no objection to go over the same life from its beginning to the end: requesting only the advantage authors have of correcting in a second edition the faults of the first.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Life

Three removes are as bad as a fire.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Fire

He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Conceit

The first mistake in public business is the going into it.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Business

At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty the wit; and at forty the judgment.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Youth

The use of money is all the advantage there is in having money.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Money

Trickery and treachery are the practices of fools that have not wits enough to be honest.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Honest

Industry perseverance and frugality make fortune yield.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Frugal

He that displays too often his wife and his wallet is in danger of having both of them borrowed.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Borrow

By heaven we understand a state of happiness infinite in degree and endless in duration.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Heaven

The proud hate pride in others.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Unsorted

Industry pays debts despair increases them.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Industry

Constant complaint is the poorest sort of pay for all the comforts we enjoy.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Complacency

Applause waits on success.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Applause

It is easy to see hard to foresee.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: See

There are no gains without pains.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Dream

He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Judge

Our Constitution is in actual operation; everything appears to promise that it will last; but in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Certainty