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Wise Benjamin Franklin Quotes

May you find great value in these quotes by Benjamin Franklin.

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain,
and most fools do.
- Benjamin Franklin

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It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.
- Benjamin Franklin

Little strokes,
Fell great oaks.
- Benjamin Franklin

We must, indeed, all hang together or,
most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.
- Benjamin Franklin


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A penny saved is a penny earned.
- Benjamin Franklin [attributed]

For want of a nail the shoe was lost;
for want of a shoe the horse was lost;
and for want of a horse the rider was lost.
- Benjamin Franklin

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time,
for that is the stuff that life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin

 

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

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
- Benjamin Franklin

Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

When the well's dry, we know the worth of water.
- Benjamin Franklin

A good example is the best sermon.
- Benjamin Franklin

Well done is better than well said.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

A little neglect may breed great mischief.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

Half a truth is often a great lie.
- Benjamin Franklin

Eat to live, and not live to eat.
- Benjamin Franklin

Does thou love life? Then do not squander time;
for that's the stuff life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

Fear not death; for the sooner we die,
the longer shall we be immortal.
- Benjamin Franklin

Energy and persistence conquer all things.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

What you seem to be, be really.
- Benjamin Franklin

I am the lord of myself, accountable to none.
- Benjamin Franklin

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
- Benjamin Franklin

Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind,
than on outward circumstances.
- Benjamin Franklin

He that would fish, must venture his bait.
- Benjamin Franklin

Necessity never made a good bargain.
- Benjamin Franklin

Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.
- Benjamin Franklin

It is a great confidence in a friend
to tell him your faults;
greater to tell him his.
- Benjamin Franklin

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.
- Benjamin Franklin

Doing an injury puts you below your enemy;
revenging one make you but even with him;
forgiving it sets you above him.
- Benjamin Franklin [attributed]

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

Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
- Benjamin Franklin

There was never a good war or a bad peace.
- Benjamin Franklin

At twenty years of age the will reigns;
at thirty, the wit;
and at forty, the judgment.
- Benjamin Franklin

Love your Neighbor; yet don't pull down your Hedge.
- Benjamin Franklin

Silence is not always a Sign of Wisdom,
but Babbling is ever a folly.
- Benjamin Franklin

A benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself,
to keep his friends in countenance.
- Benjamin Franklin

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.
- Benjamin Franklin

The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.
- Benjamin Franklin [attributed]

He that hath a Trade, hath an Estate.
- Benjamin Franklin

People who are wrapped up in themselves make small packages.
- Benjamin Franklin

Make yourself sheep and the wolves will eat you.
- Benjamin Franklin

One good Husband is worth two good Wives;
for the scarcer things are, the more they're valued.
- Benjamin Franklin

Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.
- Benjamin Franklin

Hunger is the best pickle.
- Benjamin Franklin

Never has there been a good war or a bad peace.
- Benjamin Franklin

Experience keeps a dear school,
but fools will learn in no other.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is only one time that is important - NOW!
It is the most important time because
it is the only time that we have any power.
- Leo Tolstoy

Any statement that is self-serving
is likely to contain untruths.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When I examine myself and my methods of thought,
I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy
has meant more to me than
any talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

When any situation arises which tempts you to become disturbed,
say: "There is another way of looking at this."
- A Course In Miracles

The dream you are living is your creation.
It is your perception of reality that you can change at any time.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you are offended at any man's fault,
turn to yourself and study your own failings.
Then you will forget your anger.
- Epictetus

Any change that comes about in your life
will be primarily because of your own efforts.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

You may be always victorious if
you will never enter into any contest
where the issue does not wholly depend upon yourself.
- Epictetus

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it
and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.
- Henry David Thoreau

We should distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

Any man who reads too much
and uses his own brain too little
falls into lazy habits of thinking.
- Albert Einstein

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
- Henry David Thoreau

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl


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