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Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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

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

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

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

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- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Necessity never made a good bargain.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Little strokes,
Fell great oaks.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

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

A little neglect may breed great mischief.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well done is better than well said.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

Energy and persistence conquer all things.
- Benjamin Franklin

A good example is the best sermon.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Never has there been 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

Hunger is the best pickle.
- Benjamin Franklin

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Change of any sort requires courage.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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

Your example is far more influential and inspiring
than any words of instruction, or threats,
or even words of encouragement.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The fear of death follows from the fear of life.
A man who lives fully, is prepared to die at any time.
- Mark Twain

Happiness doesn't depend on any external conditions,
it is governed by our mental attitude.
- Dale Carnegie

A mind at peace, a mind centered
and not focused on harming others,
is stronger than any physical force in the universe.
- Wayne Dyer

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Choose to See Beauty and Joy:
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

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

I do not concern myself with gods and spirits
either good or evil, nor do I serve any.
- Lao Tzu

Well, I don't know what will happen now.
We've got some difficult days ahead.
But it doesn't matter with me now.
Because I've been to the mountaintop.
And I don't mind. Like any man,
I would like to live a long life.
Longevity has its place.
But I'm not concerned about that now.
I just want to do God's will.
And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain.
And I've looked over.
And I've seen the promised land.
I may not get there with you.
But I want you to know tonight, that we,
as a people, will get to the promised land.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If a man loses his reverence for any part of life,
he will lose his reverence for all of life.
- Albert Schweitzer

Compassion and generosity must be the heart of any true religion.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The important thing is this: to be able, at any moment,
to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
- Charles Du Bos (1882-1939), from his book Approximations (1922)
(not Charles DuBois or Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

Failure does not exist.
Failure is simply someone else's opinion of how
a certain act should have been completed.
Once you believe that no act must be performed
in any specific other-directed way,
then failing becomes impossible.
- Wayne Dyer

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on.
It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde


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