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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Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them.

The first mistake in public business is the going into it.

Each year one vicious habit discarded in time might make the worst of us good.

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

To lengthen thy life lessen thy meals.

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors and let every new year find you a better man.

Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.

Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.

In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.

It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.

If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.

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.

Creditors have better memories than debtors.

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.

If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.

He that displays too often his wife and his wallet is in danger of having both of them borrowed.

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

In the affairs of this world men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it.

There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond and to know one's self.

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