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Benjamin Franklin
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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
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Life is rather a state of embryo, a preparation for life; a man is not completely born till he has passed through death. Benjamin Franklin
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I resolve to speak ill of no man whatever, not even in a matter of truth; but rather by some means excuse the faults I hear charged upon others, and upon proper occasions speak all the good I know of everybody. Benjamin Franklin
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I hope...that mankind will at length, as they call themselves reasonable creatures, have reason and sense enough to settle their differences without cutting throats; for in my opinion there never was a good war, or a bad peace. Benjamin Franklin
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Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices. Benjamin Franklin
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Wish not so much to live long as to live well. Benjamin Franklin
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There is much difference between imitating a good man and counterfeiting him. Benjamin Franklin
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There have been as great souls unknown to fame as any of the most famous. Benjamin Franklin
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Take counsel in wine, but resolve afterwards in water. Benjamin Franklin
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The sun of liberty is set; you must light up the candle of industry and economy. Benjamin Franklin
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To inquisitive minds like yours and mine the reflection that the quantity of human knowledge bears no proportion to the quantity of human ignorance must be in one view rather pleasing, viz., that though we are to live forever we may be continually amused and delighted with learning something new. Benjamin Franklin
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He that sells upon Credit expects to lose 5 per Cent. By bad Debts; therefore he charges, on all he sells upon Credit, an Advance that shall make up that Deficiency. Benjamin Franklin
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All would live long, but none would be old. Benjamin Franklin
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He that lieth down with Dogs, shall rise up with Fleas. Benjamin Franklin
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Those things that hurt, instruct. Benjamin Franklin
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None are deceived but they that confide. Benjamin Franklin
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Make use of your friends by being of use to them. Benjamin Franklin
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What is without us has no connection with happiness, only so far as the preservation of our lives and health depends upon it. . . . Happiness springs immediately from the mind. Benjamin Franklin
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Flowers are the alphabet of angels, whereby they write on the hills and fields mysterious truths. Benjamin Franklin
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There will be plenty of time to sleep once you are dead Benjamin Franklin
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Every pot must sit on its own bottom. Benjamin Franklin
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Be ashamed to catch yourself idle. Benjamin Franklin
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If better is possible, good is not enough Benjamin Franklin
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To err is human, to repent divine; to persist devilish. Benjamin Franklin
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Drink does not drown care, but waters it, and makes it grow faster. Benjamin Franklin
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Where there is hunger, law is not regarded; and where law is not regarded, there will be hunger. Benjamin Franklin
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Those who are fear'd, are hated. Benjamin Franklin
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I think vital religion has always suffered when orthodoxy is more regarded than virtue. The scriptures assure me that at the last day we shall not be examined on what we thought but what we did. Benjamin Franklin
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What signifies knowing the Names, if you know not the Natures of things. Benjamin Franklin
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We must not in the course of public life expect immediate approbation and immediate grateful acknowledgment of our services. But let us persevere through abuse and even injury. The internal satisfaction of a good conscience is always present, and time will do us justice in the minds of the people, even those at present the most prejudiced against us. Benjamin Franklin
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That as we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously. Benjamin Franklin
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We believe that there is one economic lesson which our twentieth century experience has demonstrated conclusively-that America can no more survive and grow without big business than it can survive and grow without small business.... the two are interdependent. You cannot strengthen one by weakening the other, and you cannot add to the stature of a dwarf by cutting off the legs of a giant. Benjamin Franklin
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The busy man has few idle visitors; to the boiling pot the flies come not. Benjamin Franklin
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War is when the government tells you who the bad guy is. Revolution is when you decide that for yourself. Benjamin Franklin
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There never was a good knife made of bad steel. Benjamin Franklin
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Never trust a government that doesn't trust its own citizens with guns. Benjamin Franklin
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Most men die at 25, we just don't bury them until they are 70. Benjamin Franklin
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All things are cheap to the saving, dear to the wasteful Benjamin Franklin
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One of the greatest tragedies of life is the murder of a beautiful theory by a gang of brutal facts. Benjamin Franklin
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Scarcely have I ever heard or read the introductory phrase, "I may say without vanity," but some striking and characteristic instance of vanity has immediately followed. Benjamin Franklin
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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. Benjamin Franklin
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Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do. Benjamin Franklin
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If we do not hang together, we will all hang separately. Benjamin Franklin
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There never was a good war or a bad peace. Benjamin Franklin
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Remember that time is money. Benjamin Franklin
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Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. Benjamin Franklin
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I don't believe in stereotypes. I prefer to hate people on a more personal basis. Benjamin Franklin
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Lost time is never found again. Benjamin Franklin
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Energy and persistence conquer all things. Benjamin Franklin
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Fools make feasts and wise men eat them. Benjamin Franklin
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It is ill-manners to silence a fool and cruelty to let him go on Benjamin Franklin
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You will see in this my notion of good works, that I am far from expecting to merit heaven by them. By heaven we understand a state of happiness, infinite in degree, and eternal in duration. I can do nothing to deserve such rewards... Even the mixed imperfect pleasures we enjoy in this world, are rather from God's goodness than our merit, how much more such happiness of heaven! Benjamin Franklin
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Get what you can, and what you get hold; 'tis the Stone that will turn all your Lead into Gold. Benjamin Franklin
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Here's to our beloved George Washington, the Joshua of America, who commanded the sun and the moon to sand still - and they obeyed. Benjamin Franklin
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For the want of a nail the shoe was lost, For the want of a shoe the horse was lost, For the want of a horse the rider was lost, For the want of a rider the battle was lost, For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost - And all for the want of a horseshoe nail. Benjamin Franklin
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Let the world have their May games, wakes, and whatever sports and recreations please them, provided they be followed with discretion.(Burton, Robert} Games lubricate the body and the mind. Benjamin Franklin
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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
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95% of internet quotes are apocryphal. Benjamin Franklin
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Truth and sincerity have a certain distinguishing native lustre about them which cannot be perfectly counterfeited; they are like fire and flame, that cannot be painted. Benjamin Franklin
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Love and toothache have many cures, but none infallible, except possession and dispossession. Benjamin Franklin
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A dying man can do nothing easy. Benjamin Franklin
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The punishment of murder by death is contrary to reason, and to the order and happiness of society, and contrary to divine revelation. Benjamin Franklin
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Why ruin a young girl's life when you can make an older women SO very happy ! Benjamin Franklin
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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 Franklin's "Historical Review," 1759, appearing also in the body of the work. -Frothingham: Rise of the Republic of the United States, p. 413. Benjamin Franklin
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The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense. Benjamin Franklin
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in eating ecology love murder vegan vegetarianism flesh eating is unprovoked murder. Benjamin Franklin
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If by the liberty of the press were understood merely the liberty of discussing the propriety of public measures and political opinions, let us have as much of it as you please: But if it means the liberty of affronting, calumniating and defaming one another, I, for my part, own myself willing to part with my share of it, whenever our legislators shall please so to alter the law and shall chearfully consent to exchange my liberty of abusing others for the privilege of not being abused myself. Benjamin Franklin
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A man may, if he knows not how to save as he gets, keep his nose to the grindstone. Benjamin Franklin
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We are a kind of posterity in respect to them. Benjamin Franklin
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He that takes a wife, takes care Benjamin Franklin
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