Benjamin Franklin

1706 - 1790

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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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on friendship and pleasure

Our friend and we were invited aboard on a party of pleasure, which is to last forever. His chair was ready first, and he has gone before us. We could not all conveniently start together; and why should you and I be grieved at this, since we are soon to follow, and know where to find him.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on certainty, constitution, death, promises, taxes, and world

Our Constitution is in actual operation; everything appears to promise that it will last; but in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Source: Letter to Jean Baptiste Leroy, 13 Nov. 1789

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on certainty, death, taxes, and world

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on diligence, good, luck, and motherhood

Diligence is the mother of good luck.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on decisions and happiness

There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means - either may do - the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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

Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on day

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Never leave that till to-morrow which you can do to-day.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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

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