- ‘Benjamin Franklin: An American Life‘ by Walter Isaacson
- ‘The Way to Wealth‘ by Benjamin Franklin
- ‘The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin‘ by Benjamin Franklin
- ‘The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin‘ by H.W. Brands
- ‘Ben Franklin’s Almanac of Wit, Wisdom, and Practical Advice‘ by The Old Farmer’s Almanac
Inspirational Quotes by Benjamin Franklin (American Founding Father, Inventor)
Many foxes grow gray but few grow good.
Never put off till tomorrow that which you can do today.
Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it.
Proverbs were bright shafts in the Greek and Latin quivers.
How fair is a garden amid the toils and passions of existence
Serving God is doing good to man, but praying is thought an easier service and therefore more generally chosen.
Books are fatal: they are the curse of the human race. Nine-tenths of existing books are nonsense, and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense. The greatest misfortune that ever befell man was the invention of printing.
Topics: Books, Reading
What we anticipate seldom occurs, what we least expected generally happens.
He’s a Fool that cannot conceal his Wisdom.
Plough deep, while Sluggards sleep; And you shall have Corn, to sell and to keep.
Favor or disappointment has been often conceded, as the name of the claimant has affected us; and the accidental affinity or coincidence of a name, connected with ridicule or hatred, with pleasure or disgust, has operated like magic.
It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness; and I pronounce it as certain that there was never yet a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.
Topics: Character, Greatness, Greatness & Great Things
Tell a miser he’s rich, and a woman she’s old, you’ll get no money of one, nor kindness of t’other.
He has to learn that petulance is not sarcasm, and that insolence is not invective.
What is crime amongst the multitude, is only vice among the few.
I never knew a man who was good at making excuses who was good at anything else.
To bear other people’s afflictions, everyone has courage and enough to spare.
Destiny bears us to our lot, and destiny is perhaps our own will.
What signifies knowing the names, if you know not the nature of things.
Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
Fools multiply folly.
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.
Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself.
The nearest I can make it out, “Love your Enemies” means, “Hate your Friends”
God helps them that help themselves.
Temperance puts wood on the fire, meal in the barrel, flour in the tub, money in the purse, credit in the country, contentment in the house, clothes on the children, vigor in the body, intelligence in the brain, and spirit in the whole constitution.
I was told, continued Egremont, that an impassable gulf divided the Rich from the Poor; I was told that the Privileged and the People formed Two Nations, governed by different laws, influenced by different manners, with no thoughts or sympathies in common; with an innate inability of mutual comprehension.
They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security
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