52 Famous Quotes by Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was an American statesman, writer, and inventor who played a key role in the founding of the United States. He was a prolific writer and his works include the famous "Poor Richard's Almanack," which contained aphorisms and advice on various topics. Franklin was also an inventor and is credited with the development of several important technologies, including the lightning rod and bifocal glasses. His contributions to science, politics, and society were numerous, and his legacy continues to inspire people around the world. (Benjamin Franklin Biography).

Benjamin Franklin Famous Quotes

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1. "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."

2. "It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it."

3. "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."

4. "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."

5. "It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them."

6. "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

7. "Some people die at 25 and aren't buried until 75."

8. "You may delay, but time will not."

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

10. "Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today."

11. "We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately."

12. "Energy and persistence conquer all things."

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13. "Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead."

14. "Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship."

15. "Well done is better than well said."

16. "Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late."

17. "Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning."

18. "Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame."

19. "Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."

20. "Lost time is never found again."

21. "Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants."

22. "Honesty is the best policy."

23. "Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of."

24. "Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy."

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25. "He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."

26. "Diligence is the mother of good luck."

27. "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."

28. "A place for everything, everything in its place."

29. "He that can have patience can have what he will."

30. "He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals."

31. "Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other."

32. "Half a truth is often a great lie."

33. "At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment."

34. "When in doubt, don't."

35. "When you're finished changing, you're finished."

36. "There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self."

37. "It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man."

38. "A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body."

39. "How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them."

40. "I didn't fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong."

41. "If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins."

42. "Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it."

43. "Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest."

44. "Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God."

45. "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."

46. "A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle."

47. "Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards."

48. "Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste."

49. "Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it."

50. "Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?"

51. "The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself."

52. "Never confuse motion with action."

― Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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