January 17, 1706 - April 17, 1790


124 Greatest Quotes By Benjamin Franklin

If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed. Benjamin Franklin
Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship. Benjamin Franklin
When you are good to others, you are best to yourself. Benjamin Franklin
He is ill clothed, who is bare of virtue. Benjamin Franklin
Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters. Benjamin Franklin
Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn. Benjamin Franklin
There are two ways to increase your wealth. Increase your means or decrease your wants. The best is to do both at the same time. Benjamin Franklin
Most people return small favors, acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones - with ingratitude. Benjamin Franklin
He that lives upon hope will die farting. Benjamin Franklin
Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle. Benjamin Franklin
Here is my Creed. I believe in one God, the Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by His Providence. That He ought to be worshipped. Benjamin Franklin
We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing! Benjamin Franklin
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. Benjamin Franklin
After three days men grow weary, of a wench, a guest, and weather rainy. Benjamin Franklin
Those who beat their swords into plowshares usually end up plowing for those who kept their swords. Benjamin Franklin
Common sense without education, is better than education without common sense. Benjamin Franklin
There is always room for the man of force. Benjamin Franklin
Lose no time; be always employed in something useful. Benjamin Franklin
The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance. Benjamin Franklin
Common sense is something that everyone needs, few have, and none think they lack. Benjamin Franklin
I never knew a man who was good at making excuses who was good at anything else. Benjamin Franklin
Pay what you owe and you'll know what's your own. Benjamin Franklin
We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately. Benjamin Franklin
When the well is dry, they know the worth of water. Benjamin Franklin
Women are books, and men the readers be. Benjamin Franklin
The problem with doing nothing is not knowing when you're finished. Benjamin Franklin
Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead. Benjamin Franklin
Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. Benjamin Franklin
Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days. Benjamin Franklin
Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see. Benjamin Franklin
The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn't know how to read. Benjamin Franklin
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of. Benjamin Franklin
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. Benjamin Franklin
Change is the only constant in life. Ones ability to adapt to those changes will determine your success in life. Benjamin Franklin
Be not sick too late, nor well too soon. Benjamin Franklin
Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain - and most fools do. Benjamin Franklin
I didn't fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. Benjamin Franklin
You cannot always run from a weakness. You must sometime fight it out or perish. Benjamin Franklin
If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality. Benjamin Franklin
Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest. Benjamin Franklin
Fear God, and your enemies will fear you. Benjamin Franklin
The man who does things makes mistakes, but he doesn't make the biggest mistake of all-doing nothing. Benjamin Franklin
If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking. 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
Critics are our friends, they show us our faults. Benjamin Franklin
It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority. Benjamin Franklin
Security without liberty is called prison. Benjamin Franklin
The people heard it, and approved the doctrine, and immediately practiced the contrary. Benjamin Franklin