BENJAMIN FRANKLIN Quotes

Laws cannot prevent extravagance; and this perhaps is not always an evil to the public. A shilling spent idly by a fool may be picked up by a wiser person, who knows better what to do with it; it is, therefore, not lost.

Benjamin Franklin

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

That it is better that 100 guilty persons should escape than that one innocent person should suffer, is a maxim that has been long and generally approved.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

Work while it is called today, for you know not how much you will be hindered tomorrow. One today is worth two tomorrow's; never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

Those disputing, contradicting, and confuting people are generally unfortunate in their affairs. They get victory, sometimes, but they never get good will, which would be of more use to them.

Benjamin Franklin

To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.

Benjamin Franklin

He that blows the coals in quarrels he has nothing to do with has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Let thy discontents be thy secrets.

Benjamin Franklin

Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.

Benjamin Franklin

You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.

Benjamin Franklin

For the want of a nail the shoe was lost, For the want of a shoe the horse was lost, For the want of a horse the rider was lost, For the want of a rider the battle was lost, For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost, And all for the want of a horse-shoe nail.

Benjamin Franklin

Nine men in ten are would be suicides.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin
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