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Benjamin Franklin Quotes

May you find comfort and joy in these encouraging quotes by Benjamin Franklin.

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain,
and most fools do.
- Benjamin Franklin

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A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
- Benjamin Franklin PHOTO

What you seem to be, be really.
- Benjamin Franklin

Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind,
than on outward circumstances.
- Benjamin Franklin

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Energy and persistence conquer all things.
- Benjamin Franklin

They who can give up essential liberty
to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety.
- Benjamin Franklin

Fear not death; for the sooner we die,
the longer shall we be immortal.
- Benjamin Franklin

 

Hide not your talents,
they for use were made.
What's a sundial in the shade?
- Benjamin Franklin

When the well's dry, we know the worth of water.
- Benjamin Franklin

Does thou love life? Then do not squander time;
for that's the stuff life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin

A penny saved is a penny earned.
- Benjamin Franklin [attributed]

Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.
- Benjamin Franklin

For want of a nail the shoe was lost;
for want of a shoe the horse was lost;
and for want of a horse the rider was lost.
- Benjamin Franklin

He that would fish, must venture his bait.
- Benjamin Franklin

Well done is better than well said.
- Benjamin Franklin

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time,
for that is the stuff that life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin

Half a truth is often a great lie.
- Benjamin Franklin

We must, indeed, all hang together or,
most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.
- Benjamin Franklin

If a man empties his purse into his head,
no man can take it away from him.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin

A little neglect may breed great mischief.
- Benjamin Franklin

Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
- Benjamin Franklin

We must all hang together,
or assuredly we shall all hang separately.
- Benjamin Franklin

A good example is the best sermon.
- Benjamin Franklin

I am the lord of myself, accountable to none.
- Benjamin Franklin

Necessity never made a good bargain.
- Benjamin Franklin

Eat to live, and not live to eat.
- Benjamin Franklin

Do not anticipate trouble,
or worry about what may never happen.
Keep in the sunlight.
- Benjamin Franklin

It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.
- Benjamin Franklin

Early to bed and early to rise,
makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
- Benjamin Franklin

Money has never made man happy, nor will it,
there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness.
The more of it one has the more one wants.
- Benjamin Franklin

Little strokes,
Fell great oaks.
- Benjamin Franklin

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
- Benjamin Franklin

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.
- Benjamin Franklin

A benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself,
to keep his friends in countenance.
- Benjamin Franklin

A house is not a home unless it
contains food and fire
for the mind as well as the body.
- Benjamin Franklin

Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
- Benjamin Franklin

Doing an injury puts you below your enemy;
revenging one make you but even with him;
forgiving it sets you above him.
- Benjamin Franklin [attributed]

It is a great confidence in a friend
to tell him your faults;
greater to tell him his.
- Benjamin Franklin

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.
- Benjamin Franklin

Silence is not always a Sign of Wisdom,
but Babbling is ever a folly.
- Benjamin Franklin

The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.
- Benjamin Franklin [attributed]

He that hath a Trade, hath an Estate.
- Benjamin Franklin

There was never a good war or a bad peace.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

Love your Neighbor; yet don't pull down your Hedge.
- Benjamin Franklin

One good Husband is worth two good Wives;
for the scarcer things are, the more they're valued.
- Benjamin Franklin

Hunger is the best pickle.
- Benjamin Franklin

Never has there been a good war or a bad peace.
- Benjamin Franklin

Experience keeps a dear school,
but fools will learn in no other.
- Benjamin Franklin

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
- Benjamin Franklin

People who are wrapped up in themselves make small packages.
- Benjamin Franklin

Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.
- Benjamin Franklin

Make yourself sheep and the wolves will eat you.
- Benjamin Franklin

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Change of any sort requires courage.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You can conquer almost any fear
if you will only make up your mind to do so.
For remember, fear doesn't exist
anywhere except in the mind.
- Dale Carnegie

"Be Prepared."
"Be prepared for what?"
"Why, for any old thing."
- Robert Baden-Powell,
the founder of Scouting.
[as quoted in the Boy Scout Handbook]

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Choose to See Beauty and Joy:
Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A mind at peace, a mind centered
and not focused on harming others,
is stronger than any physical force in the universe.
- Wayne Dyer

Your example is far more influential and inspiring
than any words of instruction, or threats,
or even words of encouragement.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The fear of death follows from the fear of life.
A man who lives fully, is prepared to die at any time.
- Mark Twain

The first step towards the solution
of any problem is optimism.
- John Baines

The greatest discovery of any generation
is that a human being
can alter his life by
altering his attitude
- William James

Pessimism never won any battle.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Nothing external to you has any power over you.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Begin to act from your dominion.
Declare the truth by telling yourself
that there is nothing to be afraid of,
that you no longer entertain any images of fear.
- Ernest Holmes

You must not under any pretense allow
your mind to dwell on any thought
that is not positive, constructive, optimistic, kind.
- Emmet Fox


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