Benjamin Franklin

1706 - 1790

A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on ancestry, blessings, books, day, execution, god, hope, life, posterity, progress, and success

The Book: "So he settled on a method to help him succeed in his quest. He devised a little book and set it up in such a way that he could examine himself and mark his progress at the end of each day." "I entered upon the execution of this plan for self-examination and continued it, with occasional intermission, but I always carried my little book with me. . . ." "And it may be well my posterity should be informed that to this little artifice with the blessing of God, their ancestor owed the constant felicity of his life down to his seventy-ninth year in which this is written. . . . I hope, therefore, that some of my descendants may follow the example and reap the benefits."

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Source: The Autobiography of Ben Franklin

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin

Clearly spoken, Mr. Fogg; you explain English by Greek.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on philosophy

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

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin

A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on learning

Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned. Be industrious and frugal, and you will be rich.

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on desires

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It is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on doubt and thought

It is better to be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on america, birds, character, country, men, originality, and wishes

I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country; he is a bird of bad immoral character: like those among men who live by sharping and robbing, he is generally poor, and often very lousy. The turkey is a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on enemies, friendship, and secrets

If you want to keep a secret from an enemy, tell it not to a friend.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on death and secrets

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

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Source: Poor Richard’s Almanac, July 1735.

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