58 Benjamin Franklin Quotes: Profound Wisdom of a Genius

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58 Benjamin Franklin Quotes:


1. “Many people die at twenty-five and aren’t buried until they are seventy-five.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


2. “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


3. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

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4. “The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


5. “He that can have patience can have what he will.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


6. “At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN  


7. “There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN  


8. “Never ruin an apology with an excuse.”  — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

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9. “Hide not your talents, they for use were made, what’s a sundial in the shade?” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


10. “Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN  


11. “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


12. “Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


13. “If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


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


15. “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.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


16. “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. When you’re down to nothing, God is up to something. The faithful see the invisible, believe the incredible and then receive the impossible.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


17. “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

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18. “War is when the government tells you who the bad guy is. Revolution is when you decide that for yourself.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


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


20. “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


21. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


22. “Well done is better than well said.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

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23. “I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


24. “Anyone can complain, and they should have the right to, but if you want to see change you must act. Actions speak louder than words. Don’t complain about things, change things.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


25. “We need a revolution every 200 years, because all governments become stale and corrupt after 200 years.”


26. “A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


27. “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.”  — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


28. “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


29. “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


30. “A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


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


32. “Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


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

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34. “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


35. “In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.”  — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


36. “You may delay, but time will not.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


37. “I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion about the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


38. “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

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39. “Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don’t have brains enough to be honest.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


40. “A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


41. “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


42. “I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


43. “Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


44. “Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


45. “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”  — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


46. “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


47. “Eat to please thyself, but dress to please others.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


48. “It is the eye of other people that ruin us. If I were blind I would want, neither fine clothes, fine houses or fine furniture.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


49. “The first mistake in public business is the going into it.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


50. “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

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51. “Common sense is something that everyone needs, few have, and none think they lack.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


52. “Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


53. “Half a truth is often a great lie.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

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54. “Life’s Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


55. “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


56. “There was never a good war, or a bad peace.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


57. “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.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


58. “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”  — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


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