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Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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

We are more thoroughly an enlightened people, with respect to our political interests, than perhaps any other under heaven. Every man among us reads, and is so easy in his circumstances as to have leisure for conversations of improvement and for acquiring information.

Category: America

Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.

Category: Anger

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.

Category: Anxiety

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.

Category: Argument

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.

Category: Argument

That which resembles most living one's life over again, seems to be to recall all the circumstances of it; and, to render this remembrance more durable, to record them in writing.

Category: Autobiography

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.

Category: Bachelor

If you teach a poor young man to shave himself, and keep his razor in order, you may contribute more to the happiness of his life than in giving him a thousand guineas. This sum may be soon spent, the regret only remaining of having foolishly consumed it; but in the other case, he escapes the frequent vexation of waiting for barbers, and of their sometimes dirty fingers, offensive breaths, and dull razors.

Category: Beards

Read much, but not many books.

Category: Books And Reading

Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.

Category: Books And Reading

If you would know the value of money try to borrow some.

Category: Borrowing

Drive your business, let not you're business drive you.

Category: Business

If you can't pay for a thing, don't buy it. If you can't get paid for it, don't sell it. Do this, and you will have calm and drowsy nights, with all of the good business you have now and none of the bad. If you have time, don't wait for time.

Category: Business

So much for industry, my friends, and attention to one's own business; but to these we must add frugality if we would make our industry more certainly successful. A man may, if he knows not how to save as he gets, keep his nose all his life to the grindstone, and die not worth a grout at last.

Category: Business

Beware the hobby that eats.

Category: Caution