Benjamin Franklin’s Love Quotes and Sayings

1. If you would be loved, love and be lovable.

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.

Benjamin Franklin Portrait by Joseph Siffred DuplessisExcerpt 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.

Franklin is credited as being foundational to the roots of American values and character, a marriage of the practical and democratic Puritan values of thrift, hard work, education, community spirit, self-governing institutions, and opposition to authoritarianism both political and religious, with the scientific and tolerant values of the Enlightenment. In the words of Henry Steele Commager, “In Franklin could be merged the virtues of Puritanism without its defects, the illumination of the Enlightenment without its heat.” To Walter Isaacson, this makes Franklin, “the most accomplished American of his age and the most influential in inventing the type of society America would become.”

Franklin became a newspaper editor, printer, and merchant in Philadelphia, becoming very wealthy, writing and publishing Poor Richard’s Almanack and The Pennsylvania Gazette. Franklin was interested in science and technology, and gained international renown for his famous experiments. He played a major role in establishing the University of Pennsylvania and Franklin & Marshall College and was elected the first president of the American Philosophical Society. Franklin became a national hero in America when he spearheaded the effort to have Parliament repeal the unpopular Stamp Act. An accomplished diplomat, he was widely admired among the French as American minister to Paris and was a major figure in the development of positive Franco-American relations. From 1775 to 1776, Franklin was Postmaster General under the Continental Congress and from 1785 to 1788 was President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania. Toward the end of his life, he became one of the most prominent abolitionists.

His colorful life and legacy of scientific and political achievement, and status as one of America’s most influential Founding Fathers, has seen Franklin honored on coinage and money; warships; the names of many towns, counties, educational institutions, namesakes, and companies; and more than two centuries after his death, countless cultural references.


Sayings by Benjamin Franklin

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

14. Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, 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. 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. There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.

19. A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.

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

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

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

31. Experience is a dear teacher, but fools will learn at no other.

32. God helps those who help themselves.

33. He that displays too often his wife and his wallet is in danger of having both of them borrowed.

34. He that has 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. Honesty is the best policy.

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.

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 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. Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

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?

53. A good conscience is a continual Christmas.

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