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Benjamin Franklin Quote: “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.”

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.

— Benjamin Franklin



Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Did not strong connections draw me elsewhere, I believe Scotland would be the country I would choose to end my days in.”

Did not strong connections draw me elsewhere, I believe Scotland would be the country I would choose to end my days in.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.”

Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Read much, but not too many books.”

Read much, but not too many books.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Joy doesn’t exist in the world, it exists in us.”

Joy doesn’t exist in the world, it exists in us.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.”

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “I believe in one God, Creator of the Universe in that He ought to be whipped from pilar to post and back again for His shameful actions toward Humanity.”

I believe in one God, Creator of the Universe in that He ought to be whipped from pilar to post and back again for His shameful actions toward Humanity.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.”

If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “If you wish information and improvement from the knowledge of others, and yet at the same time express yourself as firmly fix’d in your present opinions, modest, sensible men, who do not love disputation, will probably leave you undisturbed in the possession of your error.”

If you wish information and improvement from the knowledge of others, and yet at the same time express yourself as firmly fix’d in your present opinions, modest, sensible men, who do not love disputation, will probably leave you undisturbed in the possession of your error.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “The good will of the governed will be starved if not fed by the good deeds of the governors.”

The good will of the governed will be starved if not fed by the good deeds of the governors.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Everybody’s human-everybody makes mistakes. If you laugh it off and keep going and try to give it your best the next time around, people respect that.”

Everybody’s human-everybody makes mistakes. If you laugh it off and keep going and try to give it your best the next time around, people respect that.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “The way to wealth is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality: that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality nothing will do, and with them everything.”

The way to wealth is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality: that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality nothing will do, and with them everything.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Gain may be temporary and uncertain; but ever while you live, expense is constant and certain: and it is easier to build two chimneys than to keep one in fuel.”

Gain may be temporary and uncertain; but ever while you live, expense is constant and certain: and it is easier to build two chimneys than to keep one in fuel.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Electrical matter differs from common matter in this, that the parts of the latter mutually attract, those of the former mutually repel each other.”

Electrical matter differs from common matter in this, that the parts of the latter mutually attract, those of the former mutually repel each other.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Nature performs the cure, the physician takes the fee.”

Nature performs the cure, the physician takes the fee.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Let honesty and industry be thy constant companions, and spend one penny less than thy clear gains; then shall thy pocket begin to thrive; creditors will not insult, nor want oppress, nor hungerness bite, nor nakedness freeze thee.”

Let honesty and industry be thy constant companions, and spend one penny less than thy clear gains; then shall thy pocket begin to thrive; creditors will not insult, nor want oppress, nor hungerness bite, nor nakedness freeze thee.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Content and Riches seldom meet together, Riches take thou, contentment I had rather.”

Content and Riches seldom meet together, Riches take thou, contentment I had rather.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “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.”

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.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Democracy is like having two wolves and a lamb decide what is for dinner.”

Democracy is like having two wolves and a lamb decide what is for dinner.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.”

Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “In short, the way to wealth, if you desire it, is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two works, industry and frugality.”

In short, the way to wealth, if you desire it, is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two works, industry and frugality.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “People want to catch a buzz. That is why drugs are illegal, yet people still try to get their hands on them no matter what the consequence. Drugs make us happy, they may not be healthy.”

People want to catch a buzz. That is why drugs are illegal, yet people still try to get their hands on them no matter what the consequence. Drugs make us happy, they may not be healthy.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Pen, wax and parchment govern the world.”

Pen, wax and parchment govern the world.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “No longer virtuous no longer free; is a Maxim as true with regard to a private Person as a Common-wealth.”

No longer virtuous no longer free; is a Maxim as true with regard to a private Person as a Common-wealth.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Make the best use of both time and money. Add industry and frugal dealings if they pay very well and if you’re free to it.”

Make the best use of both time and money. Add industry and frugal dealings if they pay very well and if you’re free to it.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Great talkers should be cropt, for they’ve no need of ears.”

Great talkers should be cropt, for they’ve no need of ears.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “A people who chose security over liberty will receive neither nor deserve either.”

A people who chose security over liberty will receive neither nor deserve either.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Would you live with ease, Do what you ought, and not what you please.”

Would you live with ease, Do what you ought, and not what you please.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.”

A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Let thy discontents be thy secrets; if the world knows them ’twill despise thee and increase them.”

Let thy discontents be thy secrets; if the world knows them ’twill despise thee and increase them.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Traveling is one way of lengthening life, at least in appearance.”

Traveling is one way of lengthening life, at least in appearance.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Pride is as loud a beggar as want, and a great deal more saucy. When you have bought one fine thing, you must buy ten more, that your appearance may be all of a piece; but it is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.”

Pride is as loud a beggar as want, and a great deal more saucy. When you have bought one fine thing, you must buy ten more, that your appearance may be all of a piece; but it is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Wink at small faults; remember thou hast great ones.”

Wink at small faults; remember thou hast great ones.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Neither a Fortress nor a Maidenhead will hold out long after they begin to parley.”

Neither a Fortress nor a Maidenhead will hold out long after they begin to parley.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “At the working man’s house, hunger looks in but dares not enter.”

At the working man’s house, hunger looks in but dares not enter.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Much Virtue in Herbs, little in Men.”

Much Virtue in Herbs, little in Men.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Pay what you owe and you’ll know what’s your own.”

Pay what you owe and you’ll know what’s your own.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Neglect kills injuries, revenge increases them.”

Neglect kills injuries, revenge increases them.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “The Sting of a reproach, is the Truth of it.”

The Sting of a reproach, is the Truth of it.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “A nod from a lord is a breakfast for a fool.”

A nod from a lord is a breakfast for a fool.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “The poor have little; beggars, none; the rich, too much; enough, not one.”

The poor have little; beggars, none; the rich, too much; enough, not one.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Look before, or you’ll find yourself behind.”

Look before, or you’ll find yourself behind.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Laws without morals are in vain.”

Laws without morals are in vain.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Success has ruined many a man.”

Success has ruined many a man.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “That it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer, is a Maxim that has been long and generally approved.”

That it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer, is a Maxim that has been long and generally approved.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Many have quarreled about religion that never practice it.”

Many have quarreled about religion that never practice it.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Innocence is its own defense.”

Innocence is its own defense.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Give me 26 lead soldiers and I will conquer the world.”

Give me 26 lead soldiers and I will conquer the world.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Bad gains are true losses.”

Bad gains are true losses.

— Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin Quote: “Love well, whip well.”

Love well, whip well.

— Benjamin Franklin

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