Quotes By Benjamin Franklin

Date of Birth: January 17, 1706    Date of Death: April 17, 1790

Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. He was a leading author and printer, political theorist, satirist, politician, inventor, scientist, statesman, and diplomat. If you know of a quote or quotes by Benjamin Franklin that are not listed, let us know.

You may delay, but time will not.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.  ~
Benjamin Franklin

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.  ~
Benjamin Franklin

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

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Freedom is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

Serving God is doing good to man, but praying is thought an easier service and therefore more generally chosen.  ~
Benjamin Franklin

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

A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

He that can have patience can have what he will.  ~
Benjamin Franklin

There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

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

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.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

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

Words may show a man's wit, actions his meaning.  ~
Benjamin Franklin

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

Tis a great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults; greater to tell him his.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

He that won't be counseled can't be helped.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

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

Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.  ~
Benjamin Franklin

A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

Never ruin an apology with an excuse.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

If Jack's in love, he's no judge of Jill's beauty.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

To be humble to superiors is a duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

To find out a girl's faults, praise her to her girlfriends.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.  ~
Benjamin Franklin

All the little money that ever came into my hands was ever laid out in books.  ~
Benjamin Franklin

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

It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

A good example is the best sermon.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

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

When the people find that they can vote themselves money that will herald the end of the republic.  ~
Benjamin Franklin

Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it.  ~
Benjamin Franklin

Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.  ~
Benjamin Franklin

If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.  ~
Benjamin Franklin

The problem with doing nothing is not knowing when your finished.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

A Brother may not be a Friend, but a Friend will always be a Brother.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

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

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

The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn't know how to read.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

No one cares what you know until they know that you care!  ~ Benjamin Franklin

Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.  ~
Benjamin Franklin

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