Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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Benjamin Franklin was one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. Franklin and other men like John Adams, Thomas JeffersonJames MadisonAlexander HamiltonJames Monroe and George Washington laid the foundation for what would be modern day United States, a country of freedom and liberty.

Unlike his other fellow founders, Franklin never held the office of the presidency but served as the governor of Pennsylvania and also became the first United States ambassador to France and Sweden. Outside of his public office duties, Benjamin Franklin was an accomplished  writer, scientist and inventor.

Some of the popular books written by Benjamin Franklin are Poor Richard’s Almanack, The Way to Wealth, The Art of Virtue and many others. Benjamin Franklin also made a lot of scientific inventions which includes Lightning rod, Bifocals, Glass harmonica, Hand paddle, Franklin stove and the Franklin’s electrostatic machine.

Here are some famous and funny Benjamin Franklin quotes about beer, freedom, liberty, education, democracy, time, character, success and many other interesting facets of life:

Famous Benjamin Franklin Quotes

Famous Benjamin Franklin Quotes

1. Well done is better than well said. -Benjamin Franklin

2. Never ruin an apology with an excuse. -Benjamin Franklin

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

4. When you are finished changing, you’re finished. -Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

8. In the Affairs of this World Men are saved, not by Faith, but by the Lack of it. -Benjamin Franklin

9. We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing! -Benjamin Franklin

10. By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

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

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

13. How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts! -Benjamin Franklin

14. A Brother may not be a Friend, but a Friend will always be a Brother. -Benjamin Franklin

15. We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. -Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

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

20. My refusing to eat flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chided for my singularity, but, with this lighter repast, I made the greater progress, for greater clearness of head and quicker comprehension. Flesh eating is unprovoked murder. -Benjamin Franklin

21. I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. -Benjamin Franklin

Funny Benjamin Franklin Quotes

Funny Benjamin Franklin Quotes

22. Eat to live, don’t live to eat. -Benjamin Franklin

23. A Penny saved is a penny earned. -Benjamin Franklin

24. Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days. -Benjamin Franklin

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

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

27. If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles. -Benjamin Franklin

28. Tis a great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults; greater to tell him his. -Benjamin Franklin

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

30. Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.

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31. To find out a girl’s faults, praise her to her girlfriends. -Benjamin Franklin

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

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

34. When you’re testing to see how deep water is, never use two feet. -Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

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

Benjamin Franklin Beer Quotes

Benjamin Franklin Beer Quotes

39. Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

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

Benjamin Franklin Quotes On Freedom And Liberty

Benjamin Franklin Quotes On Freedom And Liberty

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

42. Security without liberty is called prison. -Benjamin Franklin

43. They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

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44. Distrust and caution are the parents of security. -Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin Quotes On Education

Benjamin Franklin Quotes On Education

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

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

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

49. Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.

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

51. The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn’t know how to read. -Benjamin Franklin

52. 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

Benjamin Franklin Quotes On Democracy

Benjamin Franklin Quotes On Democracy

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

54. When the people find that they can vote themselves money that will herald the end of the republic. -Benjamin Franklin

55. I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such: because I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well-administered; and I believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a Course of Years and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other.

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

Benjamin Franklin Quotes On Time

Benjamin Franklin Quotes On Time

58. Lost Time is never found again. -Benjamin Franklin

59. You may delay, but time will not.

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60. Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. -Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin Quotes On Character

Benjamin Franklin Quotes On Character

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

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

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

64. Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody. -Benjamin Franklin

65. Contentment makes poor men rich, Discontent makes rich men poor. -Benjamin Franklin

66. Work as if you were to live a thousand years, play as if you were to die tomorrow. -Benjamin Franklin

67. While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us. -Benjamin Franklin

68. Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults.

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69. Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today. -Benjamin Franklin

70. Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none. -Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

74. 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

75. 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

Benjamin Franklin Quotes For Success

Benjamin Franklin Quotes For Success

76. Those things that hurt, instruct. -Benjamin Franklin

77. Never confuse Motion with Action. -Benjamin Franklin

78. He who can have patience can have what he will. -Benjamin Franklin

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

80. For the best return on your money, pour your purse into your head. -Benjamin Franklin

81. There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self. -Benjamin Franklin

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

83. Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

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84. Fools make feasts and wise men eat them. -Benjamin Franklin

85. There will be sleeping enough in the grave. -Benjamin Franklin

86. Words may show a man’s wit, actions his meaning. -Benjamin Franklin

87. You will find the key to success under the alarm clock. -Benjamin Franklin

88. To be humble to superiors is a duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness. -Benjamin Franklin

89. Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools that don’t have brains enough to be honest. -Benjamin Franklin

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