Did Ben Franklin Really Say That?? Yep... 96 Quotes From A Founding Father


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

Benjamin Franklin

 

“Lost Time is never found again.”
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack

 

“Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.”
Benjamin Franklin

 

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
Benjamin Franklin, The Way to Wealth: Ben Franklin on Money and Success

 

“If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.”
Benjamin Franklin

 

“The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”
Benjamin Franklin

 

“Tis a great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults; greater to tell him his.”
Benjamin Franklin

 

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

 

“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.”
Benjamin Franklin

“The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn't know how to read.”
Benjamin Franklin

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“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
Benjamin Franklin

 

“Never confuse Motion with Action.”
Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

 

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

 

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”
Benjamin Franklin

 

“Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.”
Benjamin Franklin

 

“The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.”
Benjamin Franklin

“Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.”
Benjamin Franklin

 

“When you are finished changing, you're finished.”
Benjamin Franklin

 

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

 

“When you're testing to see how deep water is, never use two feet.”
Benjamin Franklin

 

“Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away”
Benjamin Franklin

“...but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
Benjamin Franklin, The Private Correspondence of Benjamin Franklin, LL.D ...: Comprising a Series of Letters on Miscellaneous, Literary, and Political Subjects ...

“To find out a girl's faults, praise her to her girlfriends.”
Benjamin Franklin

 

“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
Benjamin Franklin

 

“If Jack's in love, he's no judge of Jill's beauty.”
Benjamin Franklin

 

“Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults.”
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack

 

“Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.”
Benjamin Franklin

 

“In the Affairs of this World Men are saved, not by Faith,
but by the Lack of it.”
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack

 

“Life biggest tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late”
Benjamin Franklin

 

“Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.”
Benjamin Franklin

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”
Benjamin Franklin, Silence Dogood, The Busy-Body, and Early Writings

 

“Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.”
Benjamin Franklin

“Were I a Roman Catholic, perhaps I should on this occasion vow to build a chapel to some saint, but as I am not, if I were to vow at all, it should be to build a light-house.

[Letter to his wife, 17 July 1757, after narrowly avoiding a shipwreck; often misquoted as "Lighthouses are more helpful than churches."]”
Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Benjamin Franklin

 

“If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.”
Benjamin Franklin

 

“I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such: because I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well-administred; and I believe farther that this is likely to be well administred for a Course of Years and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other.”
Benjamin Franklin

 

“My refusing to eat flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chided for my singularity, but, with this lighter repast, I made the greater progress, for greater clearness of head and quicker comprehension. Flesh eating is unprovoked murder.”
Benjamin Franklin

 

“When the people find that they can vote themselves money that will herald the end of the republic.”
Benjamin Franklin

 

“While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.”
Benjamin Franklin

 

“Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.”
Benjamin Franklin

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