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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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