Benjamin Franklin

printer whose success as an author led him to take up politics; he helped draw up the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; he played a major role in the American Revolution and negotiated French support for the colonists; as a scientist he is remembered particularly for his research in electricity (1706-1790)

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A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.Rate it:
A democracy is two wolves and a small lamb voting on what to have for dinner. Freedom under a constitutional republic is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.Rate it:
A good conscience is a continual Christmas.Rate it:
A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two different things.Rate it:
A penny saved is a penny earned.Rate it:
A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.Rate it:
After three days men grow weary of a wench, a guest, and rainy weather.Rate it:
All cats are gray in the dark.Rate it:
All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse.Rate it:
All mankind is divided into three classes: those who are immovable, those who are movable and those who move.Rate it:
All would live long, but none would be old.Rate it:
Ambition has its disappointments to sour us...Rate it:
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.Rate it:
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.Rate it:
An investment in knowledge still yields the best returns.Rate it:
Anger is never without a reason but seldom a good one.Rate it:
Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.Rate it:
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain, and most fools do.Rate it:
As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.Rate it:
At 20 years of age the will reigns, at 30 the wit, at 40 the judgment.Rate it:
Be civil to all sociable to many familiar with few friend to one enemy to none.Rate it:
Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.Rate it:
Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.Rate it:
Beer is Proof that God Loves Us and Wants Us to be Happy!Rate it:
Beware of the young doctor and the old barber.Rate it:
But in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.Rate it:
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.Rate it:
By heaven we understand a state of happiness infinite in degree, and endless in duration.Rate it:
Creditors have better memories than debtors.Rate it:
Critics are our friends, they tell us our faults.Rate it:
Diligence is the mother of good luck.Rate it:
Distrust and caution are the parents of security.Rate it:
Do good to thy Friend to keep him, to thy enemy to gain him.Rate it:
Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.Rate it:
Dost thou love life Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.Rate it:
Dost thou love life? Than do not squander time, for it is the stuff life is made of.Rate it:
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.Rate it:
Drive thy business or it will drive thee.Rate it:
Early morning hath gold in its mouth.Rate it:
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.Rate it:
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man happy wealthy and wise.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to get leisure.Rate it:
Energy and persistence conquer all thing.Rate it:
Energy and persistence conquer all things.Rate it:
Experience is a dear teacher, but fools will learn at no other.Rate it:
Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.Rate it:
Fear God, and your enemies will fear you.Rate it:
Fish and visitors smell in three days.Rate it:
Five thousand balloons, capable of raising two men each, could not cost more than five ships of the line; and where is the prince who can afford so to cover his country with troops for its defense as that 10,000 men descending from the clouds might not in many places do an infinite deal of mischief before a force could be brought together to repel them?Rate it:
For the want of a nail, the shoe was lose; for the want of a shoe the horse was lose; and for the want of a horse the rider was lost, being overtaken and slain by the enemy, all for the want of care about a horseshoe nail.Rate it:
Genius without education is like silver in the mine.Rate it:
Glass, china and reputation are easily cracked, and never well mended.Rate it:
God heals, and the doctor takes the fee.Rate it:
God heals, and the doctor takes the fees.Rate it:
God helps them that help themselvesRate it:
Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.Rate it:
He does not possess wealth it possesses him.Rate it:
He is a fool that cannot conceal his wisdom.Rate it:
He is ill clothed that is bare of virtue.Rate it:
He is ill clothed, who is bare of virtue.Rate it:
He that blows the coals in quarrels that he has nothing to do with, has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his faceRate it:
He that can have patience can have what he will.Rate it:
He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.Rate it:
He that has done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.Rate it:
He that is good at making excuses is seldom good at anything else.Rate it:
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.Rate it:
He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.Rate it:
He that lies down with dogs, shall rise up with fleas.Rate it:
He that lives upon hope will die fasting.Rate it:
He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows nor judge all he sees.Rate it:
He was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages so ignorant that he bought a cow to ride on.Rate it:
He who multiplies riches multiplies cares.Rate it:
He who shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world.Rate it:
Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sun-dial in the shadeRate it:
How many observe Christ's birthday How few, his precepts O 'tis easier to keep holidays than commandments.Rate it:
I am a strong believer in luck and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.Rate it:
I am in the prime of senility.Rate it:
I believe I shall,in some shape or other,always exist; and, with all the inconveniences human life is liable to, I shall not object to a new edition of mine, hoping, however, that the errata of the last may be corrected.Rate it:
I believe there is one Supreme most perfect being.Rate it:
I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even infinitely above it.Rate it:
I know not which lives more unnatural lives, obeying husbands, or commanding wives.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
If Jack's in love, he's no judge of Jill's beauty.Rate it:
If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher's stone.Rate it:
If you would be loved, love and be lovable.Rate it:
If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.Rate it:
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.Rate it:
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.Rate it:
If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are rotten,
either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing.
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If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.Rate it:
If you wouldst live long, live well, for folly and wickedness shorten life.Rate it:
If your head is wax, don't walk in the sun.Rate it:
In rivers and bad governments, the lightest things swim at the top.Rate it:
It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.Rate it:
It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.Rate it:
It isn't what you know that counts, it's what you think of in time.Rate it:
Keep thy eyes wide open before marriage, and half-shut afterwards.Rate it:
Kill no more pigeons than you can eat.Rate it:
Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.Rate it:
Life's Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.Rate it:
Little strokes fell great oaks.Rate it:
Lost time is never found again.Rate it:
Many complain of their memory, few of their judgment.Rate it:
Many men die at twenty-five and aren't buried until they are seventy-five.Rate it:
Marry your son when you will, but you daughter when you can.Rate it:
Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and trebles that want another way. That was a true proverb of the wise man, rely upon it; "Better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure, and trouble therewith."Rate it:
Necessity never made a good bargain.Rate it:
Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.Rate it:
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.Rate it:
No nation was ever ruined by trade.Rate it:
Nothing is certain except death and taxes.Rate it:
Our critics are our friends; they show us our faults.Rate it:
Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy.Rate it:
Read much, but not many books.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Remember that time is money.Rate it:
Rules too soft are seldomly followed; rules too harsh are seldomly executed.Rate it:
Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.Rate it:
Serving God is doing good to man. But praying is thought an easier service and is therefore more generally chosen.Rate it:
Sin is not hurtful because it is forbidden, but it is forbidden because it's hurtful.Rate it:
Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry, all things easy. He that rises late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night, while laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.Rate it:
So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do.Rate it:
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.Rate it:
The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.Rate it:
The doors of wisdom are never shut.Rate it:
The first mistake in public business is the going into it.Rate it:
The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.Rate it:
The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.Rate it:
There are three great friends an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.Rate it:
There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.Rate it:
There is no little enemy.Rate it:
There never was a good war, or a bad peace.Rate it:
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.Rate it:
They that will not be counseled, cannot be helped. If you do not hear reason she will rap you on the knuckles.Rate it:
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.Rate it:
Think of these things, whence you came, where you are going, and to whom you must account.Rate it:
Think what you do when you run into debt; you give another power over your liberty.Rate it:
Those disputing, contradicting, and confuting people are generally unfortunate in their affairs. They get victory, sometimes, but they never get good will, which would be of more use to them.Rate it:
Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.Rate it:
Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.Rate it:
Three people can keep a secret so long as two of them are dead.Rate it:
Time is money.Rate it:
To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.Rate it:
To err is human, to repent divine, to persist devilish.Rate it:
To follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.Rate it:
To lengthen thy Life, lessen thy mealsRate it:
To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.Rate it:
To the generous mind the heaviest debt is that of gratitude, when it is not in our power to repay it.Rate it:
Use no hurtful deceit think innocently and justly and if you speak, speak accordingly.Rate it:
We must all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.Rate it:
We must hang together, gentlemen...else, we shall most assuredly hang separately.Rate it:
We must indeed all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall hang separately.Rate it:
Wealth is not his that has it, but his who enjoys it.Rate it:
Well done is better than well said.Rate it:
What you seem to be, be really.Rate it:
Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.Rate it:
When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic. Sell not liberty to purchase power.Rate it:
Where sense is wanting, everything is wanting,Rate it:
Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.Rate it:
Who is rich He that is content. Who is that Nobody.Rate it:
Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.Rate it:
Who is rich? He who is content. Who is that? Nobody.Rate it:
Who is wise He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful He that governs his passions. Who is rich He who is content. Who is that Nobody.Rate it:
Whoever feels pain in hearing a good character of his neighbor, will feel a pleasure in the reverse. And those who despair to rise in distinction by their virtues, are happy if others can be depressed to a level of themselves.Rate it:
Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.Rate it:
Wish not so much to live long as to live well.Rate it:
Without justice courage is weak.Rate it:
Would you live with ease, do what you ought, and not what you please.Rate it:
Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble.Rate it:
You may delay, but time will not.Rate it:

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