Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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

Benjamin Franklin

What has become clear to you since we last met?

Benjamin Franklin

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

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

Words may show a man's wit, but actions his meaning

Benjamin Franklin

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few.

Benjamin Franklin

Those who govern, having much business on their hands, do not generally like to take the trouble of considering and carrying into execution new projects. The best public measures are therefore seldom adopted from previous wisdom, but forced by the occasion.

Benjamin Franklin

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
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