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

Quotes by Benjamin Franklin

Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it.
All who think cannot but see there is a sanction like that of religion which binds us in partnership in the serious work of the world.
Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.
In my youth, I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.
It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.
Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.
When men and woman die, as poets sung, his heart's the last part moves, her last, the tongue.
All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.
I should have no objection to go over the same life from its beginning to the end: requesting only the advantage authors have, of correcting in a second edition the faults of the first.
It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.
It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.
If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.
I didn't fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.
He that composes himself is wiser than he that composes a book.
The discontented man finds no easy chair.
Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
Half a truth is often a great lie.
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.
A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.