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Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)
US author, diplomat, inventor, physicist, politician, & printer [more author details]
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Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry, all things easy. He that rises late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night, while laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.
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Benjamin Franklin
So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do.
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Benjamin Franklin
There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.
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Benjamin Franklin
Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
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Benjamin Franklin
Well done is better than well said.
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Benjamin Franklin
Were it offered to my choice, I should have no objection to a repetition of the same life from its beginning, only asking the advantages authors have in a second edition to correct some faults in the first.
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Benjamin Franklin
Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.
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Benjamin Franklin
Who is wise? He that learns from every One.
Who is powerful? He that governs his Passions.
Who is rich? He that is content.
Who is that? Nobody.
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Benjamin Franklin
You may delay, but time will not.
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Benjamin Franklin
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.
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Benjamin Franklin, 'Poor Richard's Almanack,' June 1746
Perhaps the history of the errors of mankind, all things considered, is more valuable and interesting than that of their discoveries. Truth is uniform and narrow; it constantly exists, and does not seem to require so much an active energy, as a passive aptitude of the soul in order to encounter it. But error is endlessly diversified; it has no reality, but is the pure and simple creation of the mind that invents it. In this field the soul has room enough to expand herself, to display all her boundless faculties, and all her beautiful and interesting extravagancies and absurdities.
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Benjamin Franklin, from his report to the King of France on Animal Magnetism, 1784
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
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Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
But in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
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Benjamin Franklin, Letter to Jean Baptiste Le Roy (1789)
Take it from Richard, poor and lame,
what's begun in anger ends in shame.
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Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac
Fish and visitors smell in three days.
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Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1736
To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.
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Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1737
Wish not so much to live long as to live well.
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Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1738
Creditors have better memories than debtors.
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Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richardís Almanac (1758)

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