Benjamin Franklin quotes are full of wisdom and will leave those who read them quite fascinated. Reading his remarks creates the feeling as though you are reading from the book of Proverbs. He shows great insight and writes some very interesting facts about life. It is clear that if half the quotes he mentioned were adhered to he world would be a better place.
Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America and an American polymath. Franklin was a leading writer, printer, political philosopher, politician, humorist, civic activist, statesman, Freemason, diplomat, postmaster, scientist and inventor. He was instrumental in America’s early beginnings along with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Below are a number of his quotes that certainly attest to the mind of this man.
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead."
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn."
“He that can have patience can have what he will."
“You may delay, but time will not.”
"Never ruin an apology with an excuse."
“A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned."
“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid."
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are."
“I didn't fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong."
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."
“Hide not your talents, they for use were made,
“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn."
“Well done is better than well said."
“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."
“Lost Time is never found again."
“It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority."
“Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle."
“If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed."
"The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself."
“I am for doing good to the poor, but...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. I observed...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."
“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man."
“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."
“Tis a great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults; greater to tell him his."
“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of."
“The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn't know how to read."
“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise."
“Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society."
"Never confuse Motion with Action."
“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."
“Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame."
“There was never a bad peace or a good war."
“The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart."
“Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing."
“When you are finished changing, you're finished."
“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."
“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech."
“To find out a girl's faults, praise her to her girlfriends."
“In all your Amours you should prefer old Women to young ones. You call this a Paradox, and demand my Reasons. They are these:
“Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults."
“Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away."
“For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
“My refusing to eat flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chided for my singularity, but, with this lighter repast, I made the greater progress, for greater clearness of head and quicker comprehension. Flesh eating is unprovoked murder."
Benjamin Franklin’s quotes will inspire, motivate and enlighten anyone who seeks knowledge on many important matters. It is recorded that Franklin taught Thomas Jefferson, who in turn trained James Madison. May his quotes prove a great read to all.