Benjamin Franklin Quotes

There are no gains without pains.
“There are no gains without pains.”
You may delay, but time will not.
“You may delay, but time will not.”
Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.
“Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.”
He that rises late must trot all day.
“He that rises late must trot all day.”
Lost time is never found again.
“Lost time is never found again.”
If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.
“If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.”
He that can have patience can have what he will.
“He that can have patience can have what he will.”
Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
“Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.”
A quarrelsome man has no good neighbors.
“A quarrelsome man has no good neighbors.”
A man in a passion, rides a mad horse.
“A man in a passion, rides a mad horse.”
Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
“Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”
A ship under sail and a big-bellied woman are the handsomest two things that can be seen common.
“A ship under sail and a big-bellied woman are the handsomest two things that can be seen common.”
Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
“Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.”
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”
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.
“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.”
Fatigue is the best pillow.
“Fatigue is the best pillow.”
Remember that time is money.
“Remember that time is money.”
Energy and persistence conquer all things.
“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.
“Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.”
One man may be more cunning than another, but not more cunning than everybody else.
“One man may be more cunning than another, but not more cunning than everybody else.”
Pride is as loud a beggar as want, and a great deal more saucy. When you have bought one fine thing, you must buy ten more, that your appearance may be all of a piece; but it is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.
“Pride is as loud a beggar as want, and a great deal more saucy. When you have bought one fine thing, you must buy ten more, that your appearance may be all of a piece; but it is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.”
The devil wipes his breech with poor folks' pride.
“The devil wipes his breech with poor folks' pride.”
Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal.
“Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal.”
Death takes no bribes.
“Death takes no bribes.”
Blessed is he that expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
“Blessed is he that expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”
A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
“A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.”
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”
Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.
“Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.”
Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.
“Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.”
The best doctors gives the least medicine.
“The best doctors gives the least medicine.”
Nothing is more fatal to health, than an over care of it.
“Nothing is more fatal to health, than an over care of it.”
Pay what you owe and what you're worth you'll know.
“Pay what you owe and what you're worth you'll know.”
Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.
“Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.”
A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
“A good conscience is a continual Christmas.”
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
We must all hang together or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.
“We must all hang together or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
Well done is better than well said.
“Well done is better than well said.”
They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security.
“They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security.”
Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.
“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”
Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom - and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.
“Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom - and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.”
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
I didn't fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.
“I didn't fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.”
Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.
“Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.”
It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.
“It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.”
Never confuse motion with action.
“Never confuse motion with action.”
Observe all men, thyself most.
“Observe all men, thyself most.”
Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to get leisure.
“Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to get leisure.”
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”