Benjamin Franklin quotes

Born
January 17, 1706, Boston, Massachusetts Bay, British America.

Died
April 17, 179.

Occupation
President, politician.

Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a renowned polymath and a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
– Benjamin Franklin
Lost time is never found again.
– Benjamin Franklin
One today is worth two tomorrows.
– Benjamin Franklin
Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it.
– Benjamin Franklin
Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.
– Benjamin Franklin
Energy and persistence conquer all things.
– Benjamin Franklin
Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.
– Benjamin Franklin
Savages we call them because their manners differ from ours.
– Benjamin Franklin
Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble.
– Benjamin Franklin
Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion.
– Benjamin Franklin
He that sows thorns should never go barefoot.
– Benjamin Franklin
Buy what thou hast no need of and ere long thou shalt sell thy necessities.
– Benjamin Franklin
A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.
– Benjamin Franklin
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
– Benjamin Franklin
How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.
– Benjamin Franklin
Mine is better than ours.
– Benjamin Franklin
You may delay, but time will not.
– Benjamin Franklin
Beauty and folly are old companions.
– Benjamin Franklin
Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.
– Benjamin Franklin
When in doubt, don’t.
– Benjamin Franklin
Where liberty is, there is my country.
– Benjamin Franklin
It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.
– Benjamin Franklin
A penny saved is a penny earned.
– Benjamin Franklin
Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.
– Benjamin Franklin
It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.
– Benjamin Franklin
Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
– 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
Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.
– Benjamin Franklin
Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.
– Benjamin Franklin
To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.
– Benjamin Franklin
Gain may be temporary and uncertain; but ever while you live, expense is constant and certain: and it is easier to build two chimneys than to keep one in fuel.
– Benjamin Franklin
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
– Benjamin Franklin
Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.
– Benjamin Franklin
Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good.
– Benjamin Franklin
Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.
– Benjamin Franklin
If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher’s stone.
– Benjamin Franklin
He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
– Benjamin Franklin
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
Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?
– Benjamin Franklin
He that can have patience can have what he will.
– Benjamin Franklin
Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain the lazy one never.
– Benjamin Franklin
When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.
– Benjamin Franklin
There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.
– Benjamin Franklin
Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.
– Benjamin Franklin
Those that won’t be counseled can’t be helped.
– Benjamin Franklin
Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
– Benjamin Franklin
Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.
– Benjamin Franklin
Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.
– Benjamin Franklin
I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion about the means. 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.
– Benjamin Franklin
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
– Benjamin Franklin
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
– Benjamin Franklin
Well done is better than well said.
– Benjamin Franklin
Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.
– Benjamin Franklin
In my youth, I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, 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
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
When befriended, remember it; when you befriend, forget it.
– Benjamin Franklin
Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do.
– Benjamin Franklin
Fatigue is the best pillow.
– Benjamin Franklin
Honesty is the best policy.
– Benjamin Franklin
The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.
– Benjamin Franklin
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
Time is money.
– Benjamin Franklin
We are more thoroughly an enlightened people, with respect to our political interests, than perhaps any other under heaven. Every man among us reads, and is so easy in his circumstances as to have leisure for conversations of improvement and for acquiring information.
– Benjamin Franklin
God helps those who help themselves.
– Benjamin Franklin
He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.
– Benjamin Franklin
Diligence is the mother of good luck.
– Benjamin Franklin
Never confuse motion with action.
– Benjamin Franklin
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
– Benjamin Franklin
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
– Benjamin Franklin
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
– Benjamin Franklin
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
– Benjamin Franklin
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
– Benjamin Franklin
The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
– Benjamin Franklin