- ‘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)
Despair is the conclusion of fools.
Vice knows she’s ugly, so puts on her mask.
To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.
Hunger never saw bad bread.
Teach us that wealth is not elegance, that profusion is not magnificence, that splendor is not beauty.
Every accent, every emphasis, every modulation of voice, was so perfectly well turned and well placed, that, without being interested in the subject, one could not help being pleased with the discourse; a pleasure of much the same kind with that received from an excellent piece of music. This is an advantage itinerant preachers have over those who are stationary, as the latter can not well improve their delivery of a sermon by so many rehearsals.
Topics: Preaching, Evangelism
Setting too good an Example is a Kind of slander seldom forgiven.
Our whole life is but a greater and longer childhood.
Let honesty and industry be thy constant companions, and spend one penny less than thy clear gains; then shall thy pocket begin to thrive; creditors will not insult, nor want oppress, nor hunger bite, nor nakedness freeze thee.
When little is done, little is said; silence is the mother of truth.
Three things are men most likely to be cheated in, a horse, a wig, and a wife
He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.
Reading makes a full Man, Meditation a profound Man,
discourse a clear Man.
Do good to thy Friend to keep him, to thy enemy to gain him.
The world is full of fools and faint hearts; and yet everyone has courage enough to bear the misfortunes, and wisdom enough to manage the affairs of his neighbor.
Topics: Hypocrisy, Fools, Foolishness
A person’s fate is their own temper.
Energy and persistence alter all things.
Christianity commands us to pass by injuries; policy, to let them pass by us.
Fame and power are the objects of all men. Even their partial fruition is gained by very few; and that, too, at the expense of social pleasure, health, conscience, life.
God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: This is my country!
To Follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.
Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see.
God helps them that help themselves.
Some of the domestic evils of drunkenness are houses without windows, gardens without fences, fields without tillage, barns without roofs, children without clothing, principles, morals, or manners.
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