Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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One of the leading figures of early American history, Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) was a statesman, author, publisher, scientist, inventor, and diplomat. Born into a Boston family of modest means, Franklin had little formal education. He went on to start a successful printing business in Philadelphia and grew wealthy. Franklin was deeply active in public affairs in his adopted city, where he helped launch a lending library, hospital, and college, and garnered acclaim for his experiments with electricity, among other projects. During the American Revolution, he served in the Second Continental Congress and helped draft the Declaration of Independence in 1776. He also negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War (1775-83). In 1787, in his final significant act of public service, he was a delegate to the convention that produced the U.S. Constitution.
We have collected a listed of inspirational Benjamin Franklin Quotes for you to get motivation from them. Hope you will enjoy reading them.

Powerful Benjamin Franklin Quotes For You.

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”

“He that can have patience can have what he will.”

“You may delay, but time will not.”
“Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five.”
“Never ruin an apology with an excuse.”

“Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal.”

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

“Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”

“Well done is better than well said.”

“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”

“Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.”

“It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.”

“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”

“The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn’t know how to read.”


“Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.”

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”

“There was never a bad peace or a good war.”

“Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.”

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

“The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.”

“Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.”

“When you are finished changing, you’re finished.”

“A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.”


“When you’re testing to see how deep water is, never use two feet.”

“Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.”

“Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away”

“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

“Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.”

“If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

“Content makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor.”

“If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.”
“Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.”

“Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.”

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”


“While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.”

“Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody.”

“Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today.”

“We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing!”
“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.”

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

“Work as if you were to live a thousand years, play as if you were to die tomorrow.”

“All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move. ”

“When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.”

“To be humble to superiors is a duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.”
“The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance.”

“It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.”

“Those things that hurt, instruct.”

“Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.”

“A good example is the best sermon.”

“How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.”

“There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.”
“No one cares what you know until they know that you care!”
“All the little money that ever came into my hands was ever laid out in books.”

“Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.”

“Genius without education is like silver in the mine.”

“Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.”

“One today is worth two tomorrows”

“Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it.”

“Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one”

“So convenient a thing to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for every thing one has a mind to do.”

“Happiness consists more in the small conveniences of pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life.”

“To cease to think creatively is to cease to live”
“A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines.”

“To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.”

“You only have the right to pursue happiness; you have to catch it yourself.”

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