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Born: 1706-01-17
Died: 1790-04-17

Benjamin Franklin Biography

A benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself, to keep his friends in countenance.
- Benjamin Franklin
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A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.
- Benjamin Franklin
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A democracy is two wolves and a small lamb voting on what to have for dinner. Freedom under a constitutional republic is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.
- Benjamin Franklin
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A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
- Benjamin Franklin
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A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two different things.
- Benjamin Franklin
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A long life may not be good enough, but a good life is long enough.
- Benjamin Franklin
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A penny saved is a penny earned.
- Benjamin Franklin
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A single man has not nearly the value he would have in a state of union. He is an incomplete animal. He resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors.
- Benjamin Franklin
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A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.
- Benjamin Franklin
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After three days men grow weary of a wench, a guest, and rainy weather.
- Benjamin Franklin
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All cats are gray in the dark.
- Benjamin Franklin
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All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse.
- Benjamin Franklin
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All would live long, but none would be old.
- Benjamin Franklin
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An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Anger is never without a reason but seldom a good one.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain, and most fools do.
- Benjamin Franklin
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As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.
- Benjamin Franklin
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At 20 years of age the will reigns; at 30 the wit; at 40 the judgment.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Be civil to all sociable to many familiar with few friend to one enemy to none.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Beware of small expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Beware of the young doctor and the old barber.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
- Benjamin Franklin
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But in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
- Benjamin Franklin
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By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
- Benjamin Franklin
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By heaven we understand a state of happiness infinite in degree, and endless in duration.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Clearly spoken, Mr. Fogg; you explain English by Greek.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Content makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Creditors have better memories than debtors.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Critics are our friends, they tell us our faults.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!
- Benjamin Franklin
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Diligence is the mother of good luck.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Distrust and caution are the parents of security.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Do good to thy Friend to keep him, to thy enemy to gain him.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that's the stuff life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Drive thy business or it will drive thee.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Early morning hath gold in its mouth.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
- Benjamin Franklin
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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.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to get leisure.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Energy and persistence conquer all thing.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Fear God, and your enemies will fear you.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Fish and visitors smell in three days.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Five thousand balloons, capable of raising two men each, could not cost more than five ships of the line; and where is the prince who can afford so to cover his country with troops for its defense as that 10,000 men descending from the clouds might not in many places do an infinite deal of mischief before a force could be brought together to repel them?
- Benjamin Franklin
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For the want of a nail, the shoe was lose; for the want of a shoe the horse was lose; and for the want of a horse the rider was lost, being overtaken and slain by the enemy, all for the want of care about a horseshoe nail.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Genius without education is like silver in the mine.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Glass, china and reputation are easily cracked, and never well mended.
- Benjamin Franklin
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God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: "This is my country."
- Benjamin Franklin
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God heals and the doctor takes the fee.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.
- Benjamin Franklin
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He does not possess wealth it possesses him.
- Benjamin Franklin
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He is a fool that cannot conceal his wisdom.
- Benjamin Franklin
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He is ill clothed, who is bare of virtue.
- Benjamin Franklin
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He that blows the coals in quarrels that he has nothing to do with, has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face
- Benjamin Franklin
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He that can have patience can have what he will.
- Benjamin Franklin
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He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
- Benjamin Franklin
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He that has done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.
- Benjamin Franklin
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He that is good at making excuses is seldom good at anything else.
- Benjamin Franklin
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He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
- Benjamin Franklin
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He that lies down with dogs, shall rise up with fleas.
- Benjamin Franklin
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He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
- Benjamin Franklin
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He that won't be counselled can't be helped.
- Benjamin Franklin
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He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.
- Benjamin Franklin
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He was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages so ignorant that he bought a cow to ride on.
- Benjamin Franklin
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He who multiplies riches multiplies cares.
- Benjamin Franklin
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He who shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Here comes the orator with his flood of words and his drop of reason.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sun-dial in the shade
- Benjamin Franklin
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How many observe Christ's birthday How few, his precepts O 'tis easier to keep holidays than commandments.
- Benjamin Franklin
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I am a strong believer in luck and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
- Benjamin Franklin
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I am in the prime of senility.
- Benjamin Franklin
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I believe I shall,in some shape or other,always exist; and, with all the inconveniences human life is liable to, I shall not object to a new edition of mine, hoping, however, that the errata of the last may be corrected.
- Benjamin Franklin
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I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even infinitely above it.
- Benjamin Franklin
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I know not which lives more unnatural lives, obeying husbands, or commanding wives.
- Benjamin Franklin
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I resolve to speak ill of no man whatever, not even in a matter of truth but rather by some means excuse the faults I hear charged upon others, and upon proper occasions speak all the good I know of everybody.
- Benjamin Franklin
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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
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If Jack's in love, he's no judge of Jill's beauty.
- Benjamin Franklin
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If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher's stone.
- Benjamin Franklin
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If you would be loved, love and be lovable.
- Benjamin Franklin
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If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.
- Benjamin Franklin
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If you would know the value of money try to borrow some.
- Benjamin Franklin
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If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.
- Benjamin Franklin
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If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.
- Benjamin Franklin
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If you wouldst live long, live well, for folly and wickedness shorten life.
- Benjamin Franklin
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If your head is wax, don't walk in the sun.
- Benjamin Franklin
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In rivers and bad governments, the lightest things swim at the top.
- Benjamin Franklin
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In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.
- Benjamin Franklin
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It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.
- Benjamin Franklin
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It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.
- Benjamin Franklin
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It isn't what you know that counts, it's what you think of in time.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half-shut afterwards.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Kill no more pigeons than you can eat.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Life's Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Lost time is never found again.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Many complain of their memory, few of their judgment.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Many men die at twenty-five and aren't buried until they are seventy-five.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Marry your son when you will, but you daughter when you can.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and trebles that want another way. That was a true proverb of the wise man, rely upon it; "Better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure, and trouble therewith."
- Benjamin Franklin
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Necessity never made a good bargain.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
- Benjamin Franklin
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No nation was ever ruined by trade.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Our critics are our friends; they show us our faults.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Passion governs, and she never governs wisely. (In response to the situation of the colonists)
- Benjamin Franklin
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Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Read much, but not many books.
- Benjamin Franklin
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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
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Remember that time is money.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Rules too soft are seldomly followed; rules too harsh are seldomly executed.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Sin is not hurtful because it is forbidden, but it is forbidden because it's hurtful.
- Benjamin Franklin
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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.
- Benjamin Franklin
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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.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Tell me....And I Forget, Teach me.....And I Learn, Involve Me.....And I Remember.
- Benjamin Franklin
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The absent are never without fault. Nor the present without excuse.
- Benjamin Franklin
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The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
- Benjamin Franklin
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The doors of wisdom are never shut.
- Benjamin Franklin
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The first mistake in public business is the going into it.
- Benjamin Franklin
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The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.
- Benjamin Franklin
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The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.
- Benjamin Franklin
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There are three great friends an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.
- Benjamin Franklin
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There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.
- Benjamin Franklin
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There is no little enemy.
- Benjamin Franklin
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There was never a good war, or a bad peace.
- Benjamin Franklin
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They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
- Benjamin Franklin
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They that will not be counseled, cannot be helped. If you do not hear reason she will rap you on the knuckles.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Think of these things, whence you came, where you are going, and to whom you must account.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Think what you do when you run into debt; you give another power over your liberty.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Those disputing, contradicting, and confuting people are generally unfortunate in their affairs. They get victory, sometimes, but they never get good will, which would be of more use to them.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Time is money.
- Benjamin Franklin
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To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.
- Benjamin Franklin
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To be proud of virtue is to poison oneself with the antidote.
- Benjamin Franklin
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To err is human, to repent divine, to persist devilish.
- Benjamin Franklin
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To follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.
- Benjamin Franklin
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To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.
- Benjamin Franklin
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To the generous mind the heaviest debt is that of gratitude, when it is not in our power to repay it.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Use no hurtful deceit think innocently and justly and if you speak, speak accordingly.
- Benjamin Franklin
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We must all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Wealth is not his that has it, but his who enjoys it.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Well done is better than well said.
- Benjamin Franklin
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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.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
- Benjamin Franklin
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When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic. Sell not liberty to purchase power.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Where sense is wanting, everything is wanting,
- Benjamin Franklin
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Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Who had deceived thee so often as thyself?
- Benjamin Franklin
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Who is rich He that is content. Who is that Nobody.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Who is wise He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful He that governs his passions. Who is rich He who is content. Who is that Nobody.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Whoever feels pain in hearing a good character of his neighbor, will feel a pleasure in the reverse. And those who despair to rise in distinction by their virtues, are happy if others can be depressed to a level of themselves.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Wish not so much to live long as to live well.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Without justice courage is weak.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Would you live with ease, do what you ought, and not what you please.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble.
- Benjamin Franklin
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You may delay, but time will not.
- Benjamin Franklin
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