Ben Franklin Quotes


"Honesty is the best policy."

"Fatigue is the best pillow."

"Little strokes fell great oaks."

"Lost time is never found again."

"Well done is better than well said."

"A penny saved, is a penny earned."

"Never confuse motion with action."

"Beauty and folly are old companions."

"God helps them that help themselves."

"He that lives upon hope will die fasting."

"All truth in religion lies within the Bible."

"Diligence is the mother of good luck."

"The way to be safe is never to be secure."

"Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame."

"A good conscience is a continual Christmas."

"The secret of success is constancy of purpose."

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

"He does not possess wealth; it possesses him."

"Distrust and caution are the parents of security."

"Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it."

"Some people die at 25 and aren't buried until 75."

"It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them."

"Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience."

"He that waits upon fortune is never sure of a dinner."

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."

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

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

"Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him."

"Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards."

"We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall hang separately."

"The condemnation of heaven rests on the man who believes not."

"Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do."

"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."

"If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles."

"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."

"Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise."

"If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself."

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

"Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none."

"Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it."

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

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

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

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

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

"However degraded, debased, and despised, every creature of the human race is a subject of the love of God."

All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.

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

"Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature."

"How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, his precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep holidays than commandments."

"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."

"Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortunes that happen but seldom."

"Thirteen virtues necessary for true success: temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity and humility."

"What an unspeakable satisfaction it is to every human being to know that, however neglected by men, cast off and forsaken; however down-trodden, oppressed, and despised of men, each one is loved by the Creator and Benefactor of all!"

Compiled by Thomas George
editor@Wisdom-of-the-Wise.com