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Benjamin Franklin
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Lost time is never found again. 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

Watch the little things; a small leak will sink a great ship. Benjamin Franklin

Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man. Benjamin Franklin

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

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

Wish not so much to live long as to live well. Benjamin Franklin

There is much difference between imitating a good man and counterfeiting him. Benjamin Franklin

There have been as great souls unknown to fame as any of the most famous. Benjamin Franklin

Take counsel in wine, but resolve afterwards in water. Benjamin Franklin

The sun of liberty is set; you must light up the candle of industry and economy. Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

The busy man has few idle visitors; to the boiling pot the flies come not. Benjamin Franklin

Flowers are the alphabet of angels, whereby they write on the hills and fields mysterious truths. Benjamin Franklin

There will be plenty of time to sleep once you are dead Benjamin Franklin

Every pot must sit on its own bottom. Benjamin Franklin

Be ashamed to catch yourself idle. Benjamin Franklin

Nor eye in a letter, nor hand in a purse, nor ear in the secret of another. Benjamin Franklin

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

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

If we do not hang together, we will all hang separately. Benjamin Franklin

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

Remember that time is money. Benjamin Franklin

None are deceived but they that confide. Benjamin Franklin

Make use of your friends by being of use to them. Benjamin Franklin

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

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

Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable. Benjamin Franklin

Evils come not, then our fears are vain; And if they do fear but augments the pain. Benjamin Franklin

To get the bad customs of a country changed and new ones, though better, introduced, it is necessary first to remove the prejudices of the people, enlighten their ignorance, and convince them that their interests will be promoted by the proposed changes; and this is not the work of a day. Benjamin Franklin

Cunning proceeds from lack of capacity. Benjamin Franklin

What has become clear to you since we last met? Benjamin Franklin

A little neglect may breed great mischief. 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, being overtaken and slain by the enemy; all for want of a little care about a horse-shoe nail. Benjamin Franklin

Vice knows that she is ugly, so she puts on her mask. Benjamin Franklin

I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life I absented myself from Christian assemblies. Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

I believe ... that the soul of man is immortal and will be treated with justice in another life, respecting its conduct in this. Benjamin Franklin

Where there is hunger, law is not regarded; and where law is not regarded, there will be hunger. Benjamin Franklin

Those who are fear'd, are hated. Benjamin Franklin

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

What signifies knowing the Names, if you know not the Natures of things. Benjamin Franklin

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

The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense. Benjamin Franklin

in eating ecology love murder vegan vegetarianism flesh eating is unprovoked murder. Benjamin Franklin

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

A man may, if he knows not how to save as he gets, keep his nose to the grindstone. Benjamin Franklin

We are a kind of posterity in respect to them. Benjamin Franklin

He that takes a wife, takes care Benjamin Franklin

The best investment is in the tools of one's own trade. Benjamin Franklin

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

Love and toothache have many cures, but none infallible, except possession and dispossession. Benjamin Franklin

A dying man can do nothing easy. Benjamin Franklin

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

Why ruin a young girl's life when you can make an older women SO very happy ! Benjamin Franklin

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

One of the greatest tragedies of life is the murder of a beautiful theory by a gang of brutal facts. Benjamin Franklin

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

If you wou'd be reveng'd of your enemy, govern your self Benjamin Franklin

Nothing's so apt to undermine your confidence in a product as knowing that the commercial selling it has been approved by the company that makes it. Benjamin Franklin

Sloth and Silence are a Fool's Virtues Benjamin Franklin

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

There never was a good knife made of bad steel. Benjamin Franklin



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