Authors - Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 - April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass 'armonica'. He formed both the first public lending library in America and the first fire department in Pennsylvania. - Wikipedia
It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
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.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.
I guess I don't so much mind being old, as I mind being fat and old.
Never confuse motion with action.
You can bear your own faults, and why not a fault in your wife?
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.
A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
The first mistake in public business is the going into it.
There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.
Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.
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 its filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and trebles that want another way. That was a true proverb of the wise man, rely upon it; "Better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure, and trouble therewith.
He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
Plough deep while sluggards sleep.
He that cannot obey, cannot command.
There is no such thing as a good war and there is no such thing as a bad peace.
Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.
Drive thy business or it will drive thee.
Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.
Creditors have better memories than debtors.
You may delay, but time will not.
Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning.
Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
Experience is a dear teacher, but fools will learn at no other.
Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.
Well done is better than well said.
Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.
The art of acting consists in keeping people from coughing.
Lost time is never found again.
Marriage is the most natural state of man, and the state in which you will find solid happiness.
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.
I think vital religion has always suffered when orthodoxy is more regarded than virtue. The scriptures assure me that at the last day we shall not be examined on what we thought but what we did.
How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, his precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep holidays than commandments.
For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise.
Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even infinitely above it.
The greatest monarch on the proudest throne is obliged to sit upon his own arse.
Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade.
Half a truth is often a great lie.
Many a long dispute among divines may be thus abridged: It is so. It is not so. It is so. It is not so.
For the want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for the want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for the want of a horse the rider was lost, being overtaken and slain by the enemy, all for the want of care about a horseshoe nail.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
If Jack's in love, he's no judge of Jill's beauty.
Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.
It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness and I pronounce it as certain that there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.
Diligence is the mother of good luck.
So convienent a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do.
If you would be loved, love and be lovable.
The doors of wisdom are never shut.
Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
To find out a girl's faults, praise her to her girl friends.
Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.
A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
Beauty and folly are old companions.
I saw few die of hunger; of eating, a hundred thousand.
I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth -- that God Governs the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?
Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.
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.
To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.
A little neglect may breed great mischief.
Anger is one of the sinews of the soul; he that wants it hath a maimed mind.
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that's the stuff life is made of.
'Tis a common observation here that our cause is the cause of all mankind, and that we are fighting for their liberty in defending our own.
Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.
The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.
Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
I am a strong believer in luck and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it.
All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.
If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.
Games lubricate the body and the mind.
Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to get leisure.
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.
Life's Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.
The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
He does not possess wealth; it possesses him.
Would you live with ease? Do what you ought, not what you please.
If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him.
Genius without education is like silver in the mine.
He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.
In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.
Some are weather-wise, some are otherwise.
Money can help you to get medicines but not health. Money can help you to get soft pillows, but not sound sleep. Money can help you to get material comforts, but not eternal bliss. Money can help you to get ornaments, but not beauty. Money will help you to get an electric earphone, but not natural hearing. Attain the supreme wealth, wisdom, and you will have everything.
When the well's dry, we know the worth of water.
The sleeping fox catches no poultry.
Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
At 20 years of age the will reigns, at 30 the wit, at 40 the judgment.
I can have oodles of charm when I want to.
Energy and persistence conquer all things.
If you would know the value of money, go try to borrow some; for he that goes a-borrowing goes a-sorrowing.
All would live long, but none would be old.
I am in the prime of senility.
Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked, and never well mended.
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write something worth reading or do things worth the writing.
Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry, all things easy. He that rises late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night, while laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.
A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.
Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
There are three faithful friends - an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.
A man's home is his wife's castle.
In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it.
Every goal, every action, every thought, every feeling one experiences, whether it be consciously or unconsciously known, is an attempt to increase one's level of peace of mind.
Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.
Chicken fat, beef fat, fish fat, fried foods - these are the foods that fuel our fat genes by giving them raw materials for building body fat.
Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.
God heals, and the doctor takes the fees.
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
He that blows the coals in quarrels that he has nothing to do with, has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face.
Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.
Old boys have their playthings as well as young ones; the difference is only in the price.
He that can have patience can have what he will.
There was never a good war, or a bad peace.
A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.
Beauty awakens the soul to act.
So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do.
He is ill clothed that is bare of virtue.