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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He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.

Necessity never made a good bargain.

I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning.

A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.

He does not possess wealth, it possesses him.

Remember that credit is money.

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

Mine is better than ours.

If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher's stone.

How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults or resolution enough to mend them.

Honesty is the best policy.

Fatigue is the best pillow.

If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it from him.

We are all born ignorant but one must work hard to remain stupid.

It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth.

The doors of wisdom are never shut.

Content makes poor men rich, discontent makes rich men poor.

The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.

The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.

There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means - either may do - the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.

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