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Benjamin Franklin Quote: “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.”

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



Benjamin Franklin Quote: “I would advise you to read with a pen in your hand and enter in a little book short hints of what you feel that is common or that may be useful; for this will be the best method of imprinting such portcullis in your memory.”

I would advise you to read with a pen in your hand and enter in a little book short hints of what you feel that is common or that may be useful; for this will be the best method of imprinting such portcullis in your memory.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Half-wits talk much, but say little.”

Half-wits talk much, but say little.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Be cheerful – the problems that worry us most are those that never arrive.”

Be cheerful – the problems that worry us most are those that never arrive.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “A penny saved is twopence dear; A pin a day ’s a groat a year.”

A penny saved is twopence dear; A pin a day ’s a groat a year.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Who judges best of a Man, his Enemies or himself?”

Who judges best of a Man, his Enemies or himself?

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “God bless the King, and grant him long to Reign.”

God bless the King, and grant him long to Reign.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Tolerate no Uncleanliness in Body, Clothes, or Habitation.”

Tolerate no Uncleanliness in Body, Clothes, or Habitation.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Tis easy to see, hard to foresee.”

Tis easy to see, hard to foresee.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “God works wonders now and then; Behold a lawyer, an honest man.”

God works wonders now and then; Behold a lawyer, an honest man.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Bargaining has neither friends nor relations.”

Bargaining has neither friends nor relations.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “A light purse is a heavy curse.”

A light purse is a heavy curse.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “A lady asked Dr. Franklin Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy – “A republic,” replied the Doctor, “if you can keep it.””

A lady asked Dr. Franklin Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy – “A republic,” replied the Doctor, “if you can keep it.”

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “None but the well-bred man knows how to confess a fault, or acknowledge himself in an error.”

None but the well-bred man knows how to confess a fault, or acknowledge himself in an error.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “He that rises late must trot all day.”

He that rises late must trot all day.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “You cannot always run from a weakness. You must sometime fight it out or perish.”

You cannot always run from a weakness. You must sometime fight it out or perish.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Vice knows she is ugly, so puts on her mask.”

Vice knows she is ugly, so puts on her mask.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Poverty, Poetry, and new Titles of Honor, make Men ridiculous.”

Poverty, Poetry, and new Titles of Honor, make Men ridiculous.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “A quarrelsome man has no good neighbours.”

A quarrelsome man has no good neighbours.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “No employment can be managed without arithmetic, no mechanical invention without geometry.”

No employment can be managed without arithmetic, no mechanical invention without geometry.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Observe all men, thyself most.”

Observe all men, thyself most.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “A man compounded of law and gospel is able to cheat a whole country with his religion and then destroy them under color of law.”

A man compounded of law and gospel is able to cheat a whole country with his religion and then destroy them under color of law.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Those have a short Lent who owe money to be paid at Easter.”

Those have a short Lent who owe money to be paid at Easter.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “You will observe with concern how long a useful truth may be known, and exist, before it is generally received and practiced on.”

You will observe with concern how long a useful truth may be known, and exist, before it is generally received and practiced on.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all things easy.”

Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all things easy.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “A ploughman on his legs is higher than a gentleman on his knees.”

A ploughman on his legs is higher than a gentleman on his knees.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Take counsel in wine, but resolve afterwards in water.”

Take counsel in wine, but resolve afterwards in water.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Some are weatherwise, some are otherwise.”

Some are weatherwise, some are otherwise.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Freedom of speech is the great bulwark of liberty; they prosper and die together: And it is the terror of traitors and oppressors, and a barrier against them. It produces excellent writers, and encourages men of fine genius.”

Freedom of speech is the great bulwark of liberty; they prosper and die together: And it is the terror of traitors and oppressors, and a barrier against them. It produces excellent writers, and encourages men of fine genius.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “E’er you remark another’s sin, bid your own conscience look within.”

E’er you remark another’s sin, bid your own conscience look within.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “One of the advantages of being a ‘reasonable creature’ is that one can find a reason for whatever one wants to do.”

One of the advantages of being a ‘reasonable creature’ is that one can find a reason for whatever one wants to do.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Fond pride of dress is sure a very curse.”

Fond pride of dress is sure a very curse.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “In the dark, all cats are grey.”

In the dark, all cats are grey.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “The art of acting consists in keeping people from coughing.”

The art of acting consists in keeping people from coughing.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “There is nothing wrong with retirement as long as one doesn’t allow it to interfere with one’s work.”

There is nothing wrong with retirement as long as one doesn’t allow it to interfere with one’s work.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Those who laugh often never grow old.”

Those who laugh often never grow old.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “So convenient a thing to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for every thing one has a mind to do.”

So convenient a thing to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for every thing one has a mind to do.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Strange secrets are let out by Death Who blabs so oft the follies of this world.”

Strange secrets are let out by Death Who blabs so oft the follies of this world.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Applause waits on success.”

Applause waits on success.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “What one relishes, nourishes.”

What one relishes, nourishes.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Wouldst thou enjoy a long Life, a healthy Body, and a vigorous Mind, and be acquainted also with the wonderful Works of God? labour in the first place to bring thy Appetite into Subjection to Reason.”

Wouldst thou enjoy a long Life, a healthy Body, and a vigorous Mind, and be acquainted also with the wonderful Works of God? labour in the first place to bring thy Appetite into Subjection to Reason.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.”

He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Be not sick too late, nor well too soon.”

Be not sick too late, nor well too soon.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “The man that walks wit crowd, will get no farther than the crowd. The man that walks alone, will reach places unknown.”

The man that walks wit crowd, will get no farther than the crowd. The man that walks alone, will reach places unknown.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “No nation was ever ruined by trade.”

No nation was ever ruined by trade.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Let no pleasure tempt thee, no profit allure thee, no persuasion move thee, to do anything which thou knowest to be evil; so shalt thou always live jollity; for a good conscience is a continual Christmas.”

Let no pleasure tempt thee, no profit allure thee, no persuasion move thee, to do anything which thou knowest to be evil; so shalt thou always live jollity; for a good conscience is a continual Christmas.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “The only time a question should be asked is when all other possibilities of finding the answer for yourself have been eliminated.”

The only time a question should be asked is when all other possibilities of finding the answer for yourself have been eliminated.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharoah – get first all the people’s money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants forever.”

There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharoah – get first all the people’s money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants forever.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “The purpose of money was to purchase one’s freedom to pursue that which is useful and interesting.”

The purpose of money was to purchase one’s freedom to pursue that which is useful and interesting.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned. Be industrious and frugal, and you will be rich. Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy. At least you will, by such conduct, stand the be.”

Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned. Be industrious and frugal, and you will be rich. Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy. At least you will, by such conduct, stand the be.

— Benjamin Franklin

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