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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN QUOTES V

If you would have guests merry with your cheer,
Be so yourself, or so at least appear.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1734

The Faith you mention has doubtless its use in the World. I do not desire to see it diminished, nor would I endeavour to lessen it in any Man. But I wish it were more productive of good Works, than I have generally seen it: I mean real good Works, Works of Kindness, Charity, Mercy, and Publick Spirit; not Holiday-keeping, Sermon-Reading or Hearing; performing Church Ceremonies, or making long Prayers, filled with Flatteries and Compliments, despis’d even by wise Men, and much less capable of pleasing the Deity. The worship of God is a Duty; the hearing and reading of Sermons may be useful; but, if Men rest in Hearing and Praying, as too many do, it is as if a Tree should Value itself on being water’d and putting forth Leaves, tho’ it never produc'd any Fruit.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, letter to Joseph Huey, Jun. 6, 1753

Blame-all and Praise-all are two blockheads.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1734

A Man in a Passion rides a mad Horse.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1749

Look before, or you'll find yourself behind.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1735

All would live long, but none would be old.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1749

Many dishes many diseases,
Many medicines few cures.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1734

He that speaks ill of the Mare, will buy her.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1742

Tho' the Mastiff be gentle, yet bite him not by the Lip.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1757

Many estates are spent in the getting,
Since women for tea forsook spinning and knitting,
And men for punch forsook hewing and splitting.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1758

Different Sects like different clocks, may be all near the matter, 'tho they don't quite agree.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1749

Fools make feasts, and wise men eat them.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1733

Work as if you were to live 100 Years, Pray as if you were to die Tomorrow.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1757

The learned Fool writes his Nonsense in better Language than the unlearned; but still 'tis Nonsense.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1754

Much less is it adviseable for a Person to go thither [to America], who has no other Quality to recommend him but his Birth. In Europe it has indeed its Value; but it is a Commodity that cannot be carried to a worse Market than that of America, where people do not inquire concerning a Stranger, What is he? but, What can he do?

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, "Information to Those Who Would Remove to America"

Eat to live, and not live to eat.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1733

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

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1746

Don't judge of Men's Wealth or Piety, by their Sunday Appearances.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1751

If you desire many things, many things will seem but a few.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1736

I've lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing Proofs I see of this Truth — That God governs in the Affairs of Men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that except the Lord build the House they labor in vain who build it. I firmly believe this, — and I also believe that without his concurring Aid, we shall succeed in this political Building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our Projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a Reproach and Bye word down to future Ages.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, speech to the Constitutional Convention, Jun. 28, 1787

If your head is wax, don't walk in the Sun.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1749

Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, "On Freedom of Speech and the Press," Pennsylvania Gazette, Nov. 17, 1737

For my own Part, when I am employed in serving others, I do not look upon myself as conferring Favours, but as paying Debts. In my Travels, and since my Settlement, I have received much Kindness from Men, to whom I shall never have any Opportunity of making the least direct Return. And numberless Mercies from God, who is infinitely above being benefited by our Services. Those Kindnesses from Men, I can therefore only Return on their Fellow Men; and I can only shew my Gratitude for these mercies from God, by a readiness to help his other Children and my Brethren. For I do not think that Thanks and Compliments, tho’ repeated weekly, can discharge our real Obligations to each other, and much less those to our Creator.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, letter to Joseph Huey, Jun. 6, 1753

Doing an Injury puts you below your Enemy; Revenging one makes you but even with him; Forgiving it sets you above him.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1749

Most People dislike Vanity in others whatever Share they have of it themselves, but I give it fair Quarter wherever I meet with it, being persuaded that it is often productive of Good to the Possessor and to others that are within his Sphere of Action: And therefore in many Cases it would not be quite absurd if a Man were to thank God for his Vanity among the other Comforts of Life.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Autobiography

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, attributed, Bite-size Ben Franklin: Wit & Wisdom from a Founding Father

As to Jesus of Nazareth, my Opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the System of Morals and his Religion, as he left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see; but I apprehend it has received various corrupt changes, and I have, with most of the present Dissenters in England, some Doubts as to his divinity; tho' it is a question I do not dogmatize upon, having never studied it, and I think it needless to busy myself with it now, when I expect soon an Opportunity of knowing the Truth with less Trouble.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, attributed, Benjamin Franklin: An Exploration of a Life of Science and Service (Van Doren)

When the well's dry, we know the worth of water.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack

What maintains one vice would bring up two children.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Benjamin Franklin

A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack

Lost time is never found again.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack

If you would keep your secret from an enemy, tell it not to a friend.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1741

Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue; it is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin

Pride breakfasted with Plenty, dined with Poverty, and supped with Infamy.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard; or, The Way to Wealth

A little neglect may breed great mischief; for want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of the shoe the horse was lost; for want of the horse the rider was lost--being overtaken and slain by an enemy--all for the want of care about a horse-shoe nail.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Benjamin Franklin

Private property ... is a Creature of Society, and is subject to the Calls of that Society, whenever its Necessities shall require it, even to its last Farthing, its contributors therefore to the public Exigencies are not to be considered a Benefit on the Public, entitling the Contributors to the Distinctions of Honor and Power, but as the Return of an Obligation previously received, or as payment for a just Debt.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Queries and Remarks respecting Alterations in the Constitution of Pennsylvania, 1789

Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack


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