Benjamin Franklin

1706 - 1790

A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on debt, generosity, gratitude, mind, and power

To the generous mind the heaviest debt is that of gratitude, when it is not in our power to repay it.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on anticipation, trouble, and worry

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on brothers, charm, children, family, friendship, good, holidays, home, laughter, mind, money, pleasure, reflection, rest, sister, temptation, understanding, and worth

When I was a child of seven years old, my friends, on a holiday, filled my pocket with coppers. I went directly to a shop where they sold toys for children; and, being charmed with the sound of a whistle, that I met by the way in the hands of another boy, I voluntarily offered and gave all my money for one. I then came home, and went whistling all over the house, much pleased with my whistle, but disturbing all the family. My brothers, and sisters, and cousins, understanding the bargain I had made, told me I had given four times as much for it as it was worth; put me in mind what good things I might have bought with the rest of the money; and laughed at me so much for my folly, that I cried with vexation; and the reflection gave me more chagrin than the whistle gave me pleasure. This however was afterwards of use to me, the impression continuing on my mind; so that often, when I was tempted to buy some unnecessary thing, I said to myself, "Don't give too much for the whistle;" and I saved my money.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Source: letter to Madame Brillon, Nov 10, 1779. —The Works of Benjamin Franklin, ed. J Sparks,1836

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on reading, worth, and writing

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on world

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If your riches are yours, why don't you take them with you to the other world?

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on action, meaning, wit, and words

Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Source: Poor Richard’s Almanac

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on sleep

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Plough deep while sluggards sleep.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on hunger

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At the working man's house hunger looks in but dares not enter.

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on earth, interest, men, privacy, time, wisdom, and world

It is wonderful how preposterously the affairs of the world are managed. We assemble parliaments and councils to have the benefit of collected wisdom, but we necessarily have, at the same time, the inconvenience of their collected passions, prejudices and private interests: for regulating commerce an assembly of great men is the greatest fool on earth,

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin

Fish and visitors smell in three days.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Source: Draper's Book of Quotations . . . by Edythe Draper, 1992.

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