Benjamin Franklin

1706 - 1790

A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on life

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I've seen some pretty terrible things in my life; fortunately most of them never happened!

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on virtue, humility, and pride

My list of virtues contain'd at first but twelve; but a Quaker friend having kindly informed me that I was generally thought proud; that my pride show'd itself frequently in conversation; that I was not content with being in the right when discussing any point, but was overbearing, and rather insolent, of which he convinc'd me by mentioning several instances; I determined endeavouring to cure myself, if I could, of this vice or folly among the rest, and I added Humility to my list) giving an extensive meaning to the word.

I cannot boast of much success in acquiring the reality of this virtue, but I had a good deal with regard to the appearance of it....

In reality, there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself; you will see it, perhaps, often in this history; for, even if I could conceive that I had compleatly overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Source: Autobiography, via: http://www.discriminations.us/2004/05/false_humility.html

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on science, technology, future, and morality

The rapid progress true science now makes occasions my regretting sometimes that I was born so soon. It is impossible to imagine the Height to which may be carried, in a thousand years, the Power of Man over Matter...Agriculture may diminish its Labour and double its Produce; all Diseases may, by sure means, be prevented or cured, not even excepting that of Old Age, and our Lives lengthened at pleasure even beyond the antediluvian Standard. O that moral Science were in as fair a way of Improvement, that Men would cease to be Wolves to one another, and that human Beings would at length learn what they now improperly call Humanity.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on life, love, and time

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that's the stuff life is made of.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on fortune and energy

To be thrown upon one's own resources, is to be cast into the very lap of fortune; for our faculties then undergo a development and display an energy of which they were previously unsusceptible.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on change, future, and present

All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on talent

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Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on criticism

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on energy and persistence

Energy and persistence conquer all things.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on action and confusion

Never confuse motion with action.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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