134+ EXCLUSIVE Benjamin Franklin Quotes That Are So True

Benjamin Franklin was an American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was scientist, inventor, political theorist, philanthropist, humorist, and civic activist. He was also famous for his investigations into electricity and for writing ‘Poor Richard’s Almanack.’ Best Benjamin Franklin quotes will make you wiser, instantly inspire you and brighten up your life.

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Benjamin Franklin Quotes

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. ― Benjamin Franklin

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. ― Benjamin Franklin

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. ― Benjamin Franklin

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead. ― Benjamin Franklin

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Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. ― Benjamin Franklin

Well done is better than well said. ― Benjamin Franklin

Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame. ― Benjamin Franklin

Be not sick too late, not well too soon. ― Benjamin Franklin

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The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance. ― Benjamin Franklin

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

A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over. ― Benjamin Franklin

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn. ― Benjamin Franklin

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In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria. ― Benjamin Franklin

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

The wit of conversation consists more in finding it in others, than showing a great deal yourself. He who goes out of your company pleased with his own facetiousness and ingenuity, will the sooner come into it again. ― Benjamin Franklin

He that can have patience can have what he will. ― Benjamin Franklin

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Many people die at twenty-five and aren’t buried until they are seventy-five. ― Benjamin Franklin

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid. ― Benjamin Franklin

While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us. ― Benjamin Franklin

A penny saved is a penny earned. ― Benjamin Franklin

Famous Benjamin Franklin Quotes on Health, Wealth and Wisdom

  • If you are active and prosperous, or young, or in good health, it may be easier for you to augment your means than to diminish your wants. But if you are wise, you will do both at the same time, young or old, rich or poor, sick or well; and if you are wise, you will do both in such a way as to augment the general happiness of society. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Fear to do ill, and you need fear naught else. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing! ― Benjamin Franklin
  • A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • You may delay, but time will not. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • A friend in need is a friend indeed! ― Benjamin Franklin
  • It is a common error in friends, when they would extol their friends, to make comparisons, and to depreciate the merits of others. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it. ― 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
  • Each year one vicious habit rooted out, in time might make the worst man good throughout. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • A new truth is a truth; an old error is an error. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Never ruin an apology with an excuse. ― 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
  • Having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information or fuller consideration to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Marriage is the most natural state of man, and… the state in which you will find solid happiness. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • The way to secure peace is to be prepared for war. They that are on their guard, and appear ready to receive their adversaries, are in much less danger of being attacked, than the supine, secure, and negligent. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Energy and persistence conquer all things. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • A fat kitchen makes a lean will. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Don’t go to the doctor with every distemper, nor to the lawyer with every quarrel, nor to the pot for every thirst. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • The worship of God is a duty; the hearing and reading of sermons may be useful; but if men rest in hearing and praying, as too many do, it is as if a tree should value itself in being watered and putting forth leaves, tho’ it never produced any fruit. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • A great talker may be no fool, but he is one that relies on him. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • When you incline to have new clothes, look first well over the old ones, and see if you cannot shift with them another year, either by scouring, mending, or even patching if necessary. Remember, a patch on your coat, and money in your pocket, is better and more creditable, than a writ on your back, and no money to take it off. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts! ― Benjamin Franklin
  • For my own part, I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen the representative of our country. He is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his living honestly. ― Benjamin Franklin

Awesome Benjamin Franklin Quotes on Success and Life

  • When there is so much to be done for yourself, your family, and your country, be up by peep of day! Let not the sun look down and say, ‘Inglorious here he lies!’ ― Benjamin Franklin
  • He’s the best physician that knows the worthlessness of the most medicines ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Don’t misinform your Doctor nor your Lawyer. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Would you live with ease, do what you ought and not what you please. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Hide not your talents, they for use were made, what’s a sundial in the shade? ― Benjamin Franklin
  • I have never entered into any controversy in defense of my philosophical opinions; I leave them to take their chance in the world. If they are right, truth and experience will support them; if wrong, they ought to be refuted and rejected. Disputes are apt to sour one’s temper and disturb one’s quiet. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Man and woman have each of them qualities and tempers in which the other is deficient, and which in union contribute to the common felicity. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Words may show a man’s wit but actions his meaning. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • God heals, and the Doctor takes the Fees. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • There are two ways of being happy — we may either diminish our wants or augment our means — either will do, the result is the same; and it is for each man to decide for himself, and do that which happens to be the easiest. If you are idle or sick or poor, however hard it may be to diminish your wants, it will be harder to augment your means. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • He that is known to pay punctually and exactly to the time he promises, may at any time, and on any occasion, raise all the money his friends can spare. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Lost time is never found again. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Genius without education is like silver in the mine. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Half a truth is often a great lie. ― 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
  • To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • 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. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Tis a great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults; greater to tell him his. ― 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
  • To expect people to be good, to be just, to be temperate, etc., without showing them how they should become so, seems like the ineffectual charity mentioned by the apostle, which consisted in saying to the hungry, the cold and the naked, be ye fed, be ye warmed, be ye clothed, without showing them how they should get food, fire or clothing. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Never confuse Motion with Action. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • 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
  • He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • There was never a bad peace or a good war. ― Benjamin Franklin

Wise Benjamin Franklin Quotes On Education, Democracy and Freedom

  • The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • When you are finished changing, you’re finished. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • When you’re testing to see how deep water is, never use two feet. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • To find out a girl’s faults, praise her to her girlfriends. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Some, to make themselves considerable, pursue learning; others grasp at wealth; some aim at being thought witty; and others are only careful to make the most of a handsome person; but what is wit, or wealth, or form, or learning, when compared with virtue? It is true we love the handsome, we applaud the learned, and we fear the rich and powerful; but we even worship and adore the virtuous. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • …but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Life biggest tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail! ― Benjamin Franklin
  • If Jack’s in love, he’s no judge of Jill’s beauty. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • In the Affairs of this World Men are saved, not by faith, but by the Lack of it. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • If we look back into history for the character of present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practiced it on one another. The first Protestants of the Church of England, blamed persecution in the Roman church, but practiced it against the Puritans: these found it wrong in the Bishops, but fell into the same practice themselves both here and in New England. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • When the people find that they can vote themselves money that will herald the end of the republic. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • 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
  • Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Were I a Roman Catholic, perhaps I should on this occasion vow to build a chapel to some saint, but as I am not, if I were to vow at all, it should be to build a light-house. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such: because I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well-administred; and I believe farther that this is likely to be well administred for a Course of Years and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all others, charity. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Work as if you were to live a thousand years, play as if you were to die tomorrow. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Security without liberty is called prison. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Contentment makes poor men rich, discontent makes rich men poor. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • When the well is dry, we know the worth of water. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • To be humble to superiors is a duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Those things that hurt, instruct. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • A Brother may not be a Friend, but a Friend will always be a Brother. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Eat to live, don’t live to eat. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • Fish and visitors smell in three days. ― Benjamin Franklin

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