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Born in January 17, 1706 / Died in April 17, 1790 / United States / English

Quotes by Benjamin Franklin

Where sense is wanting, everything is wanting.
If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.
A place for everything, everything in its place.
It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.
He that speaks much, is much mistaken.
Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it.
Our necessities never equal our wants.
Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.
Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.
A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.
Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease.
Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain - and most fools do.
In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it.
He that displays too often his wife and his wallet is in danger of having both of them borrowed.
Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning.
Those that won't be counseled can't be helped.
Applause waits on success.
Never confuse motion with action.
He that rises late must trot all day.
Since thou are not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour.
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
Beauty and folly are old companions.
A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.
Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest.
We are more thoroughly an enlightened people, with respect to our political interests, than perhaps any other under heaven. Every man among us reads, and is so easy in his circumstances as to have leisure for conversations of improvement and for acquiring information.