Benjamin Franklin Quotes

The most famous quotes by Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790) was an American polymath who was active as a writer, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, printer, publisher, and political philosopher.

Among the leading intellectuals of his time, Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, a drafter and signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, and the first United States Postmaster General.

Inspirational and motivational sayings from Benjamin Franklin. Here Is A Selection Of Some Of Benjamin Franklin Most Famous Quotes.



The most famous quotes by Benjamin Franklin

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

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Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.

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

―Benjamin Franklin

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

―Benjamin Franklin

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.

―Benjamin Franklin

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

―Benjamin Franklin

War is when the government tells you who the bad guy is. Revolution is when you decide that for yourself.

―Benjamin Franklin

He that can have patience can have what he will.

―Benjamin Franklin

If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.

―Benjamin Franklin

You may delay, but time will not.

―Benjamin Franklin

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

―Benjamin Franklin

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned.

―Benjamin Franklin

Make yourself sheep and the wolves will eat you.

―Benjamin Franklin

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

―Benjamin Franklin

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

―Benjamin Franklin

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.

―Benjamin Franklin

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

―Benjamin Franklin

Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest.

―Benjamin Franklin

Never ruin an apology with an excuse.

―Benjamin Franklin

Security without liberty is called prison.

―Benjamin Franklin

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.

―Benjamin Franklin

Genius is the ability to hold one's vision steady until it becomes reality.

―Benjamin Franklin

Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.

―Benjamin Franklin

Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.

―Benjamin Franklin

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

―Benjamin Franklin

In free governments the rulers are the servants, and the people their superiors and sovereigns.

―Benjamin Franklin

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

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I never knew a man who was good at making excuses who was good at anything else.

―Benjamin Franklin

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

―Benjamin Franklin

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

―Benjamin Franklin

Common sense is something that everyone needs, few have, and none think they lack.

―Benjamin Franklin

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

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Those things that hurt, instruct.

―Benjamin Franklin

When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.

―Benjamin Franklin

Eat to live, don't live to eat.

―Benjamin Franklin

All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.

―Benjamin Franklin

If you do tomorrow what you did today, you will get tomorrow what you got today.

―Benjamin Franklin

Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.

―Benjamin Franklin

For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.

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An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

―Benjamin Franklin

Those who beat their swords into plowshares usually end up plowing for those who kept their swords.

―Benjamin Franklin

Well done is better than well said.

―Benjamin Franklin

Where liberty dwells there is my country.

―Benjamin Franklin

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

―Benjamin Franklin

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.

―Benjamin Franklin

It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.

―Benjamin Franklin

The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.

―Benjamin Franklin

Women are books, and men the readers be.

―Benjamin Franklin

Lost Time is never found again.

―Benjamin Franklin

Money has never made man happy, nor will it; There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has, the more one wants.

―Benjamin Franklin

Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.

―Benjamin Franklin

A Brother may not be a Friend, but a Friend will always be a Brother.

―Benjamin Franklin

Contentment makes poor men rich, Discontent makes rich men poor.

―Benjamin Franklin

It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.

―Benjamin Franklin

Fear God, and your enemies will fear you.

―Benjamin Franklin

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

How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.

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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.

―Benjamin Franklin

The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all others, charity.

―Benjamin Franklin

Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.

―Benjamin Franklin

I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed...that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.

―Benjamin Franklin

While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.

―Benjamin Franklin

Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.

―Benjamin Franklin

A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.

―Benjamin Franklin

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.

―Benjamin Franklin

Work as if you were to live a thousand years, play as if you were to die tomorrow.

―Benjamin Franklin

The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance.

―Benjamin Franklin

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

―Benjamin Franklin

A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.

―Benjamin Franklin

Never confuse Motion with Action.

―Benjamin Franklin

Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.

―Benjamin Franklin

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.

―Benjamin Franklin

Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults.

―Benjamin Franklin

Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody.

―Benjamin Franklin

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

―Benjamin Franklin

Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.

―Benjamin Franklin

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!

―Benjamin Franklin

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

―Benjamin Franklin

Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today.

―Benjamin Franklin

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

―Benjamin Franklin

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.

―Benjamin Franklin

When you are finished changing, you're finished.

―Benjamin Franklin

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

―Benjamin Franklin

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

―Benjamin Franklin

To find out a girl's faults, praise her to her girlfriends.

―Benjamin Franklin

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

―Benjamin Franklin

When you're testing to see how deep water is, never use two feet.

―Benjamin Franklin

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

―Benjamin Franklin

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

―Benjamin Franklin

There was never a bad peace or a good war.

―Benjamin Franklin

Life biggest tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

―Benjamin Franklin


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