Quotes by Benjamin Franklin

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Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 April 17, 1790) was one of the most prominent of Founders and early political figures and statesmen of the United States. Considered the earliest of the Founders, Franklin was noted for his curiosity, ingenuity and diversity of interests. His wit and wisdom is proverbial to this day. More than anyone he shaped the American Revolution despite never holding national elective office. As a leader of the Enlightenment he had the attention of scientists and intellectuals all across Europe. As agent in London before the Revolution, and Minister to France during, he more than anyone defined the new nation in the minds of Europe. His success in securing French military and financial aid was decisive for American victory over Britain. He invented the lightning rod; he invented the notion of colonial unity; he invented the idea of America; historians hail him as the "First American". The city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will mark Franklin's 300th Birthday in January 2006, with a wide array of exhibitions, and events citing Franklin's extraordinary accomplishments throughout his illustrious career. more

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Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
Well done, is better than well said.
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late
Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest.
God heals and the doctor takes the fee.
Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
Three can keep a secret if two are dead.
He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
Clean your finger before you point at my spots.
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.
Energy and persistence alter all things.
It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.
The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.
Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults.
While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.
When you're finished changing, you're finished.
Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
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.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
If you desire many things, many things will seem few.
Who had deceived thee so often as thyself?
Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.
Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half-shut afterwards.
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
I have met the enemy, and it is the eyes of other people.
Diligence is the mother of good luck.
There are no gains without pains.
Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.
It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.
Rather go to bed with out dinner than to rise in debt.
Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.
You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.
The things which hurt, instruct.
There are three faithful friends, an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.
An old young man, will be a young old man.
He that can have patience can have what he will.
Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked, and never mended well.
Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade.
If you wouldn't live long, live well; for folly and wickedness shorten life.
At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.
They that will not be counseled, cannot be helped. If you do not hear reason she will rap you on the knuckles.
Never confuse motion with action.
Where there is marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.
One today is worth two tomorrows.
Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them.
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.
Where liberty is, there is my country.
Happiness consists more in 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.
There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.
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.
Nothing preaches better than the act.
Promises may fit the friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies.
Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five.

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