Benjamin Franklin Quotations

I’ve been collecting quotations for years and figured I’d put my collections online for others to use as they wish. Enjoy these quotations, use the comment form to share any Franklin quotations you don’t find here.

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We must all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.
– Benjamin Franklin

One of the greatest tragedies of life is the murder of a beautiful theory by a gang of brutal facts.
– 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

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

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

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
– Benjamin Franklin

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

He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.
– Benjamin Franklin

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

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

Beware of the young doctor and the old barber.
– Benjamin Franklin

Eat to live, live not to eat.
– Benjamin Franklin

Each year, one vicious habit rooted out, in time ought to make the worst man good.
– Benjamin Franklin

Observe all men; thyself most.
– Benjamin Franklin

He that displays too often his wife and his wallet is in danger of having both of them borrowed.
– 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

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

He was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages; so ignorant that he bought a cow to ride on.
– Benjamin Franklin

Creditors have better memories than debtors.
– Benjamin Franklin

If a man could have halve his wishes he could double his troubles.
– Benjamin Franklin

Keep your mouth wet, feet dry.
– Benjamin Franklin

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

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he will never be dissappointed.
– Benjamin Franklin

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

Wise men don’t need advice. Fools don’t take it.
– Benjamin Franklin

Well done is better than well said.
– Benjamin Franklin

Love your neighbor; yet don’t pull down your hedge.
– Benjamin Franklin

If your head is wax, don’t walk in the sun.
– Benjamin Franklin

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

Old boys have their playthings as well as young ones; the difference is only in the price.
– Benjamin Franklin

Never put off till tomorrow that which you can do today.
– Benjamin Franklin

Little strokes fell great oaks.
– Benjamin Franklin

Savages we call them because their manners differ from ours.
– Benjamin Franklin

A single man has not nearly the value he would have in a state of union. He is an incomplete animal. He resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors.
– Benjamin Franklin

The cat in gloves catches no mice.
– Benjamin Franklin

If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
– Benjamin Franklin

The use of money is all the advantage there is in having it.
– Benjamin Franklin

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
– Benjamin Franklin

Plough deep while sluggards sleep.
– Benjamin Franklin

A place for everything, everything in its place.
– Benjamin Franklin

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

Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue; it is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.
– Benjamin Franklin

None preaches better than the ant, and she says nothing.
– Benjamin Franklin

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

Never confuse motion for action.
– Benjamin Franklin

Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.
– Benjamin Franklin

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

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

Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the used key is always bright.
– Benjamin Franklin

There is much difference between imitating a good man and counterfeiting him.
– Benjamin Franklin

That it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer, is a Maxim that has been long and generally approved.
– Benjamin Franklin

Where there’s marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.
– Benjamin Franklin

God heals and the doctor takes the fee.
– Benjamin Franklin

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

The absent are never without fault. Nor the present without excuse.
– Benjamin Franklin

At 20 years of age the will reigns; at 30 the wit; at 40 the judgment.
– Benjamin Franklin

Remember that credit is money.
– Benjamin Franklin

‘Tis against some men’s principle to pay interest, and seems against others’ interest to pay the principle.
– Benjamin Franklin

Rather go to bed supperless than rise in debt.
– Benjamin Franklin

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

The rotten apple spoils his companion.
– Benjamin Franklin

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

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

Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.
– Benjamin Franklin

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

Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom.
– Benjamin Franklin

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