38 Famous Benjamin Franklin Quotes

38 Famous Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of The United States Of America and is said to be in many ways “the First American”. Along with founding the nation Franklin was also a scientist and inventor who is credited with inventing the lightning rod, Franklin stove, and bifocals. He died in 1790 at the age of 84.

“A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned”

“As to Jesus of Nazareth, my Opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the System of Morals and his Religion, as he left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see.”

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

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

“But our great security lies, I think, in our growing strength.”

“Diligence is the mother of good luck.”

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

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

“Eat not to Dulness. Drink not to Elevation.”

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

“Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins.”

“From a Child I was fond of Reading, and all the little Money that came into my Hands was ever laid out in Books.”

“He that can have patience can have what he will.”

“How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts”

“Human Felicity is produc’d not so much by great Pieces of good Fortune that seldom happen, as by little Advantages that occur every Day. ”

“I believe there is one Supreme most perfect being. … I believe He is pleased and delights in the happiness of those He has created; and since without virtue man can have no happiness in this world, I firmly believe He delights to see me virtuous.”

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

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

“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria”

“Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.”

“Let all Men know thee, but no man know thee thoroughly: Men freely ford that see the shallows.”

“Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults.”

“Mankind naturally and generally love to be flatter’d.”

“Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five.”

“Rarely use Venery but for Health or Offspring; Never to Dulness, Weakness, or the Injury of your own or another’s Peace or Reputation.”

“Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.”

“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.”

“Remember that time is money.”

“So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do.”

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

“That the vegetable creation should restore the air which is spoiled by the animal part of it, looks like a rational system, and seems to be of a piece with the rest.”

“The good particular men may do separately, in relieving the sick, is small, compared with what they may do collectively.”

“They appeared all to have made considerable progress in reading for the time they had respectively been in the school, and most of them answered readily and well the questions of the
catechism. They behaved very orderly, and showed a proper respect and ready obedience to the mistress, and seemed very attentive to, and a good deal affected by, a serious exhoration with which Mister Sturgeon concluded our visit. I was on the whole much pleased, and from what I then saw, have conceived a higher opinion of the natural capacities of the black race, than I had ever before entertained. Their apprehension seems as quick, their memory as strong, and their docility in every respect equal to that of white children.”

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

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

“Tolerate no Uncleanliness in Body, Clothes, or Habitation.”

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

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