Benjamin Franklin quotes

The famous quotes of Benjamin Franklin:

If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.

If you would live long, live well, for folly and wickedness shorten life.

If your head is wax, don’t walk in the sun.

Energy and persistence conquer all things.

Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked, and never well mended.

Love your enemies, for they shall tell you all your faults.

You may delay, but time will not.

All human situations have their inconveniences.
We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future,
and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment,
and frequently for the worse.

He that lives upon hope will die fasting.

He that would live in peace and at ease,
must not speak all he knows nor judge all he sees.

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.

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Genius without education is like silver in the mine.

Old boys have their playthings as well as young ones, the difference is only in the price.

Well done is better than well said.

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write something worth reading or do things worth the writing.

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.

He that can have patience can have what he will.

If you would know the value of money,
go try to borrow some,
for he that goes a-borrowing goes a-sorrowing.

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.

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

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

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

All would live long, but none would be old.

Anger is never without Reason, but seldom with a good One.

At 20 years of age the will reigns, at 30 the wit, at 40 the judgment.

Be civil to all, sociable to many, familiar with few, friend to one, enemy to none.

Beware of the young doctor and the old barber.

Content makes poor men rich, discontentment makes rich men poor.

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

Drive thy business or it will drive thee.

Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to get leisure.

By my rambling digressions I perceive myself to be growing old.

Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.

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

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.

If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher’s stone.

If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.”