Benjamin Franklin

1706 - 1790

A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on good

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

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on experience, learning, and schools

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Source: Maxims prefixed to Poor Richard's Almanac, 1757.

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on enemies and people

I have met the enemy, and it is the eyes of other people.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin

One should eat to live, not live to eat.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin

Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Source: Autobiography, Ch. 5.

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on improvement, mankind, and nature

In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on college, day, education, enemies, good, hunger, life, men, and nations

Franklin told of something which had happened at Lancaster in Pennsylvania at a treaty between the Six Nations and Virginia in 1744. The Virginia commissioners offered to take six Indian boys and educate them at the college in Williamsburg. The Indians, after politely waiting till the next day, declined the offer. Their young men who had gone to college in the northern provinces had come back "bad runners, ignorant of every means of living in the woods, unable to bear either cold or hunger, knew neither how to build a cabin, take a deer, or kill an enemy, spoke our languages imperfectly, were therefore neither fit for warriors, hunters, or counselors; they were totally good for nothing." But the Indians would take a dozen Virginia boys and educate them properly in the forest.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Source: Carl Van Doren’s Benjamin Franklin

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin

An egg today is better than a hen tomorrow.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on cheerfulness, day, good, idleness, men, and work

When men are employed, they are best contented; for on the days they worked they were good-natured and cheerful, and, with the consciousness of having done a good day's work, they spent the evening jollily; but on our idle days they were mutinous and quarrelsome.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Source: Autobiography, ch 10

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on emptiness

An empty bag cannot stand upright.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Source: Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1740

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