Benjamin Franklin

1706 - 1790

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 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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