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

Quotes by Benjamin Franklin

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.
I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things.
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.
Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.
In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.
You may delay, but time will not.
If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.
Remember that credit is money.
Necessity never made a good bargain.
Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good.
Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble.
He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner.
Eat to please thyself, but dress to please others.
I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion about the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.
There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.
He that's secure is not safe.
Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion.
Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.
Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.
Nine men in ten are would be suicides.
When in doubt, don't.
If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.
Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain the lazy one never.