Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a renowned polymath and a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions.

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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.

Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.

Who had deceived thee so often as thyself?

Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.

I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things.

No nation was ever ruined by trade.

The discontented man finds no easy chair.

Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.

Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.

Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.

Tomorrow every fault is to be amended, but that tomorrow never comes.

Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.

I saw few die of hunger, of eating a hundred thousand.

The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.

Our necessities never equal our wants.

Nine men in ten are would be suicides.

There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.

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.

Many foxes grow gray, but few grow good.

A place for everything, everything in its place.

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