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Benjamin Franklin Quotes

(1706-1790), American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat

The absent are never without fault. Nor the present without excuse.

Category: Absence

Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning.

Category: Action

Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.

Category: Admiration

The proof of gold is fire...

Category: Adversity

They that will not be counseled, cannot be helped. If you do not hear reason she will rap you on the knuckles.

Category: Advice

Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.

Category: Advice

To bear other people's afflictions, everyone has courage and enough to spare.

Category: Affliction

An old young man, will be a young old man.

Category: Age And Aging

At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.

Category: Age And Aging

If you wouldn't live long, live well; for folly and wickedness shorten life.

Category: Age And Aging

Many foxes grow gray but few grow good.

Category: Age And Aging

Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.

Category: Age And Aging

I think that a young state, like a young virgin, should modestly stay at home, and wait the application of suitors for an alliance with her; and not run about offering her amity to all the world; and hazarding their refusal. Our virgin is a jolly one; and tho at present not very rich, will in time be a great fortune, and where she has a favorable predisposition, it seems to me well worth cultivating.

Category: Alliances

Clearly spoken, Mr. Fogg; you explain English by Greek.

Category: Ambiguity

Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us. Its appetite grows keener by indulgence and all we can gratify it with at present serves but the more to inflame its insatiable desires.

Category: Ambition