Benjamin Franklin Quotes

Founding Fathers of the United States. Author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.

It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth.
– Benjamin Franklin

Hold your council before dinner; the full belly hates thinking as well as acting.
– Benjamin Franklin

Security without liberty is called prison.
– Benjamin Franklin

Diligence is the mother of good luck.
– Benjamin Franklin

Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.
– Benjamin Franklin

Pride that dines on vanity, sups on contempt.
– Benjamin Franklin

Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as than being unwilling to learn.
– Benjamin Franklin

Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease.
– Benjamin Franklin

A ship under sail and a big-bellied woman, Are the handsomest two things that can be seen common.
– Benjamin Franklin

Hunger is the best pickle.
– Benjamin Franklin

Don’t judge men’s wealth or godliness by their Sunday appearance.
– Benjamin Franklin

Observe all men; thy self most.
– Benjamin Franklin

I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things.
– Benjamin Franklin

The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands.
– Benjamin Franklin

The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.
– Benjamin Franklin

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
– Benjamin Franklin

I don’t believe in stereotypes. I prefer to hate people on a more personal basis.
– Benjamin Franklin

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.
– Benjamin Franklin

There have been as great souls unknown to fame as any of the most famous.
– Benjamin Franklin

Constant complaint is the poorest sort of pay for all the comforts we enjoy.
– Benjamin Franklin

I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning.
– Benjamin Franklin

Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and parliaments.
– Benjamin Franklin

Little strokes fell great oaks.
– Benjamin Franklin

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
– Benjamin Franklin

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

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
– Benjamin Franklin

The best doctor gives the least medicines.
– Benjamin Franklin

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
– Benjamin Franklin

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
– Benjamin Franklin

It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.
– Benjamin Franklin

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