Benjamin Franklin Love Quotes and Sayings
2. He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
3. I will speak ill of no man, and speak all the good I know of everybody.
4. Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half shut afterwards.
5. Marriage is the most natural state of man, and … the state in which you will find solid happiness.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass ‘armonica’. He formed both the first public lending library in America and first fire department in Pennsylvania. He was an early proponent of colonial unity, and as a political writer and activist he supported the idea of an American nation. As a diplomat during the American Revolution he secured the French alliance that helped to make independence of the United States possible.
Sayings by Benjamin Franklin
#1 Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1739, Relates to the virtue, sincerity
1. A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.
2. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
3. Anger is never without Reason, but seldom with a good One.
4. Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.
#5 Dictionary of Thoughts, 1908, Tryon Edwards, p. 22.
5. Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
6. Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.
7. He that can have patience can have what he will.
#8 Benjamin Franklin Wikiquote
8. He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows nor judge all he sees.
9. If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.
10. Never leave that till tomorrow that which you can do today.
11. Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
12. Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.
#13 On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor, 29 November 1766
13. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.
#14 Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1755
14. Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbours, and let every New-Year find you a better Man
15. Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them.
#16 Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1743
16. How few there are who have courage enough to own their Faults, or resolution enough to mend them!
17. If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.
18. A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
#19 Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1734
19. A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one. Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn.
20. A penny saved is a penny earned.
21. A small leak can sink a great ship.
22. All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.
#23 Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1756
23. Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults.
#24 Advice to a Young Tradesman, 1748
24. Remember that time is money.
25. Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.
26. Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.
27. Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.
28. Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
29. Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good.
#30 Poor Richard, An Almanack For the Year of Christ 1738, Being the Second after LEAP YEAR.
30. If you wou’d not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.
31. Experience is a dear teacher, but fools will learn at no other.
#32 Apology for Printers, 1730
32. If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
33. He that displays too often his wife and his wallet is in danger of having both of them borrowed.
34. He that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.
35. He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
36. He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner.
37. He that won’t be counseled can’t be helped.
#38 The Autobiography, 1818
38. Names of Virtues with their Precepts:
1. TEMPERANCE. Eat not to Dulness. Drink not to Elevation.
2. SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or your self. Avoid trifling Conversation.
3. ORDER. Let all your Things have their Places. Let each part of your Business have its Time.
4. RESOLUTION. Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.
5. FRUGALITY. Make no Expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. Waste nothing.
6. INDUSTRY. Lose no Time. Be always employ’d in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.
7. SINCERITY. Use no hurtful Deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
8. JUSTICE. Wrong none, by doing Injuries or omitting the Benefits that are your Duty.
9. MODERATION. Avoid Extremes. Forbear resenting Injuries so much as you think they deserve.
10. CLEANLINESS. Tolerate no Uncleanliness in Body, Clothes, or Habitation.
11. TRANQUILLITY. Be not disturbed at Trifles, or at Accidents common or unavoidable.
12. CHASTITY. Rarely use Venery but for Health or Offspring; Never to Dulness, Weakness, or the Injury of your own or another’s Peace or Reputation.
13. HUMILITY. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
39. I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.
40. If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some: for he that goes a-borrowing goes a-sorrowing.
41. In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.
42. … 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.
43. It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.
44. It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth.
45. It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.
46. Most people return small favors, acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones – with ingratitude.
#47 Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1736
47. If you desire many things, many things will seem but a few.
48. To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.
49. How do you become better tomorrow? By improving yourself, the world is made better. Be not afraid of growing too slowly. Be afraid of standing still. Forget your mistakes, but remember what they taught you. So how do you become better tomorrow? By becoming better today.
50. Well done is better than well said.
51. You may delay, but time will not.
52. Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?