Benjamin Franklin

Best 60 Benjamin Franklin Quotes

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin. Read more quotes in this article

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Benjamin Franklin Quotes

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was an American statesman, writer, diplomat, scientist, and inventor. He was one of the Founding Fathers and was a very important figure in the American struggle for independence. He negotiated the end of the war with Britain and he signed, among others, the Treaty of Paris. He also had an important role in science, especially in electricity matters. 

Do you want to read some of Benjamin Franklin's most famous quotes of all times? We are here to serve. Read and share the quotes we have compiled in this list for you. 

1"Energy and persistence conquer all things."

2"It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it."

3"Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy."

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

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

6“Be not sick too late, nor well too soon.”

7“A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.”

8"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."

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

10“There never was a good war or a bad peace.”

11“Don’t throw stones at your neighbors, if your own windows are glass.”

12“Look before, or you’ll find yourself behind.”

13“Wish not so much to live long as to live well.”

14“Well done is better than well said.”

15"He that can have patience can have what he will."

16"Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five."

17"Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight."

18"Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults."

19"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

20“Glass, China, and Reputation, are easily crack’d, and never well mended.”

21“Pardoning the Bad, is injuring the Good.”

22“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

23“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.”

24“Never ruin an apology with an excuse.”

25“Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal.”

26“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

27“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”

28“Lost time is never found again.”

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

30“Honesty is the best policy.”

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

32“Genius without education is like silver in the mine.”

33“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”

34“Speak little, do much.”

35“To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.”

36“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are."

37“In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

38“He that speaks much, is much mistaken.”

39“He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.”

40“A great talker may be no fool, but he is one that relies on him.”

41"When the well is dry, they know the worth of water."

42"Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late."

43"A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave."

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

45"It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness and I pronounce it as certain that there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous."

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

47"Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants."

48"A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle."

49"There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government."

50"You may delay, but time will not."

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

52"He that's secure is not safe."

53"I saw few die of hunger; of eating, a hundred thousand."

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

55“It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.”

56"He that won't be counseled can't be helped."

57"While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us."

58"A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over."

59“Would you live with ease, do what you ought and not what you please.”

60“He that is known to pay punctually and exactly to the time he promises, may at any time, and on any occasion, raise all the money his friends can spare.”