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  It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  A good conscience is a continual Christmas.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  To be proud of virtue, is to poison yourself with the Antidote.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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

  Energy and persistence conquer all things.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Where liberty dwells, there is my country.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Those who sacrifice Liberty for Security deserve Neither.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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

  An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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

  Dilligence is the mother of good luck.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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

  Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Well done is better than well said.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  When you're finished changing, you're finished.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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

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

  Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He is ill clothed that is bare of virtue.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Drink does not drown care, but waters it, and makes it grow faster.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Virtue and a trade, are a child's best portion.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  A country man between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  A man in a passion rides a mad horse.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Tim was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages. So ignorant, that he bought a cow to ride on.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Our limited perspective, our hopes and fears become our measure of life, and when circumstances dont fit our ideas, they become our difficulties.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Wish a miser long life, and you wish him no good.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Is there anything men take more pains about than to make themselves unhappy?  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  God, parents, and instructors can never be requited.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He is the best physician that knows the worthlessness of most medicines.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  As we must account for every idle word, so we must for every idle silence.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  You may be more happy than princes, if you will be more virtuous.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He that rises late must trot all day.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  To be humble to superiors is duty; to equals courtesy; to inferiors nobleness.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  As pride increases, fortune declines.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He is not well-bred, that cannot bear ill-breeding in others.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Mankind are very odd creatures: One half censure what they practise, the other half practise what they censure; the rest always say and do as they ought.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Trust yourself, and another shall not betray you.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Duty is not beneficial because it is commanded, but it is commanded because it is beneficial.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two different things.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Lost time is never found again.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Beware of little expenses, a small leak will sink a great ship.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Never confuse motion with action.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The doors of wisdom are never shut.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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

  There are three great friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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

  I didn't fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all others, charity.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Learn of the skillful; he that teaches himself has a fool for his master.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  You cannot pluck roses without fear of thorns, nor enjoy a fair wife without danger of horns.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He that lies down with dogs, shall rise up with fleas.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Friendship cannot live with ceremony, nor without civility.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Half wits talk much but say little.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  If you would keep your secret from an enemy, tell it not to a friend.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  At the working man's house hunger looks in, but dares not enter.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The most exquisite folly is made of wisdom spun too fine.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  It is easier to suppress the first desire, than to satisfy all that follow it.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Take counsel in wine, but resolve afterwards in water.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Those who are feared are hated.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  When you speak to a man, look on his eyes; when he speaks to thee, look on his mouth.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The eye of a master wil do more work than his hand.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Who has deceiv'd thee so oft as thy self?  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Observe all men; thy self most.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Avoid dishonest gain: no price can recompense the pangs of vice.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He that cannot obey, cannot command.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  An undutiful daughter will prove an unmanageable wife.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The sleeping fox catches no poultry. Up! Up!  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The same man cannot be both friend and flatterer.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Remember that time is money.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Plough deep while sluggards sleep and you shall have corn to sell and to keep.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Genius without education is like silver in the mine.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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

  It is foolish to lay out money for the purchase of repentance.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  There's small revenge in words, but words may be greatly revenged.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Industry, perseverance and frugality make fortune yield.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He that lives upon hope will die fasting.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sun-dial in the shade?  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Setting too good an example is a kind of slander seldom forgiven.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Fish and visitors smell in three days.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Wink at small faults - remember you have great ones.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools that have not wit enough to be honest.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Each year one vicious habit rooted out, in time might make the worst man good throughout.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Many have quarrel'd about religion that never practised it.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  A good wife lost, is God's gift lost.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  You may delay, but time will not.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  A change of fortune hurts a wise man no more than a change of the moon.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Have you somewhat to do tomorrow, do it today.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself a slave to it.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Nothing dries sooner than a tear.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  If you're going through hell, keep going.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Many complain of their memory, few of their judgement.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  You may sometimes be much in the wrong in owning your being in the right.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Meanness is the parent of insolence.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  If you'd have a servant that you like, serve yourself.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Wish not so much to live long, as to live well.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He that won't be counselled, cant be helped.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Approve not of him who commends all you say.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He who is content. Who is that? Nobody.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Would you live with ease, do what you ought, and not what you please.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Whoever shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stand a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure too.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Idleness is the Dead Sea that swallows all virtues.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  There never was a good war, or a bad peace.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Serving God is doing good to man. But praying is thought an easier service and is therefore more generally chosen.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The discontented man finds no easy chair.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Light purse, heavy heart.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  If man could have half his wishes he would double his troubles.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Do good to your friend to keep him, to your enemy to gain him.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Eat few suppers and you'll need few medicines.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He is a fool that cannot conceal his wisdom.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Work as if you were to live 100 years, pray as if you were to die tomorrow.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The rotten apple spoils his companion.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor liberty to purchase power.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Those who in quarrels interpose, must often wipe a bloody nose.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Would you persuade, speak of interest, not of reason.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Teach your child to hold his tongue, he'll learn fast enough to speak.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  If thou would'st live long, live well; for folly and wickedness shorten life.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He is a fool that makes a doctor his heir.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  You may be too cunning for one, but not for all.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Ill customs and bad advice are seldom forgotten.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Doing an injury puts you below your enemy; revenging one makes you but even with him; forgiving it sets you above him.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Little strokes fell great oaks.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  A brother may not be a friend, but a friend will always be a brother.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The thrifty maxim of the wary Dutch, is to save all the money they can touch.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Write with the learned, pronounce with the vulgar.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked, and never well mended.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Experience keeps a dear school, yet fools will learn in no other.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He that buys by the penny, maintains not only himself, but other people.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Great beauty, great strength, and great riches are really and truly of no great use; a right heart exceeds all.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  All things are easy to industry, all things difficult to sloth.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He that can have patience can have what he will.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Promises may get you friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Where there is hunger, law is not regarded; and where law is not regarded, there will be hunger.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  A true friend is the best possession.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Avarice and happiness never saw each other, how then should they become acquainted?  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  If you do what you should not, you must hear what you would not.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  What you would seem to be, be really.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Most people return small favours, acknowledge middling ones, and repay great ones with ingratitude.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  What one relishes, nourishes.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Would you live with ease, do what you ought, not what you please.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  What is more valuable than gold? Diamonds. Than diamonds? Virtue.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Silence is not always a sign of wisdom, but babbling is ever a folly.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He is a governor that governs his passions, and he a servant that serves them.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Virtue may not always make a face handsome, but vice will certainly make it ugly.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  If you have time, dont wait for time.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The worst wheel of the cart makes the most noise.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Hear no ill of a friend, nor speak any of an enemy.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Tart words make no friends - a spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Clean your finger before you point at my spots.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The wise man draws more advantage from his enemies than the fool from his friends.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Kings and bears often worry their keepers.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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

  Be always ashamed to catch yourself idle.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  If you ride a horse, sit close and tight; if you ride a man, sit easy and light.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  You can bear your own faults, why not a fault in your wife?  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Who is strong? He that can conquer his bad habits.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  There are 3 faithful friends, an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  In rivers and bad governments, the lightest things swim at top.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He that has a trade, has an estate.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Little rogues easily become great ones.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The world is full of fools and faint hearts; and yet everyone has courage enough to bear the misfortunes, and wisdom enough to manage the affairs, of his neighbor.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  A little neglect may breed mischief: for want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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

  At 20 years of age the will reigns; at 30 the wit; and at 40 the judgement.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Drive thy business or it will drive thee.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Virtue and a trade, are a child's best portion.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  A good conscience is a continual Christmas.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Silence is not always a sign of wisdom, but babbling is ever a folly.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Eat few suppers and you'll need few medicines.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Experience keeps a dear school, yet fools will learn in no other.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stand a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure too.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  A true friend is the best possession.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Is there anything men take more pains about than to make themselves unhappy?  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He's the best physician that knows the worthlessness of most medicines.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He that cannot obey, cannot command.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  You can bear your own faults, why not a fault in your wife?  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Light purse, heavy heart.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  A penny saved is a penny earned.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He that can have patience can have what he will.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Whoever shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Would you live with ease, do what you ought, and not what you please.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Trust yourself, and another shall not betray you.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He is ill clothed that is bare of virtue.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  You may be more happy than princes, if you will be more virtuous.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  What is more valuable than gold? Diamonds. Than diamonds? Virtue.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones. In my opinion, there never was a good war or a bad peace. When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?   
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He's a fool that cannot conceal his wisdom.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The wise man draws more advantage from his enemies than the fool from his friends.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all others, charity.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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

  In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Ill customs and bad advice are seldom forgotten.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The rotten apple spoils his companion.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  To be humble to superiors is duty; to equals courtesy; to inferiors nobleness.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  You may be too cunning for one, but not for all.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  You cannot pluck roses without fear of thorns, nor enjoy a fair wife without danger of horns.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  An undutiful daughter will prove an unmanageable wife.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  You may delay, but time will not.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  What is more valuable than gold? Diamonds. Than diamonds? Virtue.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Diligence overcomes difficulties, sloth makes them.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Eat few suppers and you'll need few medicines.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  You can bear your own faults, why not a fault in your wife?  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He's a fool that makes a doctor his heir.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The wise man draws more advantage from his enemies than the fool from his friends.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  If you would keep your secret from an enemy, tell it not to a friend.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all others, charity.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Promises may get you friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Doing an injury puts you below your enemy; revenging one makes you but even with him; forgiving it sets you above him.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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

  Beware of little expenses, a small leak will sink a great ship.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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

  Our limited perspective, our hopes and fears become our measure of life, and when circumstances don't fit our ideas, they become our difficulties.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Those who are feared are hated.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Games lubricate the body and the mind.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  A good wife lost, is God's gift lost.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Serving God is doing good to man. But praying is thought an easier service and is therefore more generally chosen.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  A good wife lost, is God's gift lost.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  What is more valuable than gold? Diamonds. Than diamonds? Virtue.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Most people return small favours, acknowledge middling ones, and repay great ones with ingratitude.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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

  Avarice and happiness never saw each other, how then should they become acquainted?  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Our limited perspective, our hopes and fears become our measure of life, and when circumstances don't fit our ideas, they become our difficulties.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He that lives upon hope will die fasting.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Tim was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages. So ignorant, that he bought a cow to ride on.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  A man in a passion rides a mad horse.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  If you ride a horse, sit close and tight; if you ride a man, sit easy and light.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Where there is hunger, law is not regarded; and where law is not regarded, there will be hunger.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Idleness is the Dead Sea that swallows all virtues.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  All things are easy to industry, all things difficult to sloth.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  As we must account for every idle word, so we must for every idle silence.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Diligence is the mother of good luck.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He's the best physician that knows the worthlessness of most medicines.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Eat few suppers and you'll need few medicines.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones. In my opinion, there never was a good war or a bad peace. When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?   
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Would you live with ease, do what you ought, and not what you please.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself a slave to it.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  You may delay, but time will not.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Promises may get you friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Take counsel in wine, but resolve afterwards in water.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all others, charity.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  There's small revenge in words, but words may be greatly revenged.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Great beauty, great strength, and great riches are really and truly of no great use; a right heart exceeds all.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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

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

  If you would keep your secret from an enemy, tell it not to a friend.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  If you'd have a servant that you like, serve yourself.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He is a governor that governs his passions, and he a servant that serves them.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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

  Genius without education is like silver in the mine.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is knowledge of our own ignorance.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sun-dial in the shade?  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Take counsel in wine, but resolve afterwards in water.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Where there is marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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

  Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Little boats should keep near shore  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Death takes no bribes.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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

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

  Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Each year one vicious habit rooted out, in time might make the worst man good throughout.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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

  We are more thoroughly an enlightened people, with respect to our political interests, than perhaps any other under heaven. Every man among us reads, and is so easy in his circumstances as to have leisure for conversations of improvement and for acquiring information.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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

  In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He that has done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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

  I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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

  The best of all medicines is resting and fasting.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He's the best physician that knows the worthlessness of the most medicines.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  A little neglect may breed mischief: for want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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

  Read much, but not many books.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Hear reason, or she'll make you feel her.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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

  A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stand a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure too.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.  
 -  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
  

  Those disputing, contradicting, and confuting people are generally unfortunate in their affairs. They get victory, sometimes, but they never get good will, which would be of more use to them.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

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