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Benjamin Franklin Quote: “There is no good war or bad peace.”

There is no good war or bad peace.

— Benjamin Franklin



Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Hunger never saw bad bread.”

Hunger never saw bad bread.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Order – Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.”

Order – Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “The handshake of the host affects the taste of the roast.”

The handshake of the host affects the taste of the roast.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Lend money to an enemy, and thou will gain him, to a friend and thou will lose him.”

Lend money to an enemy, and thou will gain him, to a friend and thou will lose him.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Those who beat their swords into plowshares usually end up plowing for those who kept their swords.”

Those who beat their swords into plowshares usually end up plowing for those who kept their swords.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Great talkers, little doers.”

Great talkers, little doers.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Keep conscience clear, then never fear.”

Keep conscience clear, then never fear.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Keep thy shop, and thy shop will keep thee.”

Keep thy shop, and thy shop will keep thee.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “For the best return on your money, pour your purse into your head.”

For the best return on your money, pour your purse into your head.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “A word to the wise is enough, and many words won’t fill a bushel.”

A word to the wise is enough, and many words won’t fill a bushel.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Your argument is sound, nothing but sound.”

Your argument is sound, nothing but sound.

— Benjamin Franklin


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

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

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Words may show a man’s wit but actions his meaning.”

Words may show a man’s wit but actions his meaning.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “He was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages; so ignorant that he bought a cow to ride on.”

He was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages; so ignorant that he bought a cow to ride on.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.”

Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “O powerful goodness! Bountiful Father! Merciful Guide! Increase in me that wisdom which discovers my truest interest. Strengthen my resolution to perform what that wisdom dictates. Accept my kind offices to thy other children as the only return in my power for thy continual favours to me.”

O powerful goodness! Bountiful Father! Merciful Guide! Increase in me that wisdom which discovers my truest interest. Strengthen my resolution to perform what that wisdom dictates. Accept my kind offices to thy other children as the only return in my power for thy continual favours to me.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “It is the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.”

It is the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “A Man of Knowledge like a rich Soil, feeds If not a world of Corn, a world of Weeds.”

A Man of Knowledge like a rich Soil, feeds If not a world of Corn, a world of Weeds.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “There are many roads to success, but only one sure road to failure; and that is to try to please everyone else.”

There are many roads to success, but only one sure road to failure; and that is to try to please everyone else.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Life is a kind of chess.”

Life is a kind of chess.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “To err is human, to repent divine; to persist devilish.”

To err is human, to repent divine; to persist devilish.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “The worst wheel of the cart makes the most noise.”

The worst wheel of the cart makes the most noise.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Half a truth is often a great lie.”

Half a truth is often a great lie.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Doing an injury puts you below your enemy; revenging one make you but even with him; forgiving it sets you above him.”

Doing an injury puts you below your enemy; revenging one make you but even with him; forgiving it sets you above him.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the used key is always bright.”

Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the used key is always bright.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Fools make feasts and wise men eat them.”

Fools make feasts and wise men eat them.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Genius without education is like silver in the mine.”

Genius without education is like silver in the mine.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Games lubricate the body and the mind.”

Games lubricate the body and the mind.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Stand firm, don’t flutter!”

Stand firm, don’t flutter!

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Idleness is the Dead Sea that swallows all virtues. Be active in business, that temptation may miss her aim; the bird that sits is easily shot.”

Idleness is the Dead Sea that swallows all virtues. Be active in business, that temptation may miss her aim; the bird that sits is easily shot.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor liberty to purchase power.”

Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor liberty to purchase power.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.”

Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.”

Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Strict punctuality is a cheap virtue.”

Strict punctuality is a cheap virtue.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Would you persuade, speak of interest, not of reason.”

Would you persuade, speak of interest, not of reason.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “A father’s a treasure; a brother’s a comfort; a friend is both.”

A father’s a treasure; a brother’s a comfort; a friend is both.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “A lie stands on one leg, truth on two.”

A lie stands on one leg, truth on two.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “The best investment is in the tools of one’s own trade.”

The best investment is in the tools of one’s own trade.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “If time be of all things most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality, since lost time is never found again; and what we call time enough always proves little enough. Let us then be up and doing, and doing to a purpose; so by diligence shall we do more with less perplexity.”

If time be of all things most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality, since lost time is never found again; and what we call time enough always proves little enough. Let us then be up and doing, and doing to a purpose; so by diligence shall we do more with less perplexity.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Thinking aloud is a habit which is responsible for most of mankind’s misery.”

Thinking aloud is a habit which is responsible for most of mankind’s misery.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Glass, China, and Reputation, are easily cracked, and never well mended.”

Glass, China, and Reputation, are easily cracked, and never well mended.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Lying rides upon debt’s back.”

Lying rides upon debt’s back.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “The best tranquilizer is a clear conscience.”

The best tranquilizer is a clear conscience.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Better slip with foot than tongue.”

Better slip with foot than tongue.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “The longer I live the more convinced I become that God governs in the affairs of men. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance.”

The longer I live the more convinced I become that God governs in the affairs of men. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease.”

Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Get what you can, and what you get hold; ’tis the Stone that will turn all your Lead into Gold.”

Get what you can, and what you get hold; ’tis the Stone that will turn all your Lead into Gold.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Hope of gain lessens pain.”

Hope of gain lessens pain.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “And where is the Prince who can afford to so cover his country with troops for its defense, as that ten thousand 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?”

And where is the Prince who can afford to so cover his country with troops for its defense, as that ten thousand 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?

— Benjamin Franklin

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