Benjamin Franklin Quotes
Human felicity is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day.
The Autobiography (1817)
Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
The Autobiography (1817)
We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.
Spoken at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety
Notes for a proposition at the Pennsylvania Assembly, February 17, 1775.
They who can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759.
Remember, that time is money.... Remember, that credit is money ... Remember, that money is of the prolific, generating nature.... Remember, that six pounds a year is but a groat a day.... Remember this saying, "The good prayer is lord of another man’s purse." He that is known to pay punctually and exactly to the time he promises, may at any time, and on any occasion, raise all the money his friends can spare.... In short, the way to wealth, if you desire it, is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality; that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both.
Advice to a Young Tradesman (1748)
All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.
For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise.
Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and parliaments. If we can get rid of the former, we may easily bear the latter.
If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system.
Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.
Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.
A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two different things.
A little neglect may breed mischief: for want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to get leisure.
Energy and persistence alter all things.
Necessity knows no law; I know some attorneys of the same.
No man ought to own more property than needed for his livelihood; the rest, by right, belonged to the state.