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He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1734)
Take it from Richard, poor and lame,
what's begun in anger ends in shame.
Variant: Take this remark from Richard poor and lame, Whatevers begun in anger ends in shame.
Benjamin Franklin
(Poor Richard's Almanack, 1747)
Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.
Benjamin Franklin (The Way to Wealth, 1758)
Let thy Discontents be Secrets.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1739)
Don't throw stones at your neighbours, if your own windows are glass.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1736)
To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.
Benjamin Franklin
If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher's stone.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1736)
He's a Fool that cannot conceal his Wisdom.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1745)
It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.
Benjamin Franklin
The Wolf sheds his Coat once a Year, his Disposition never.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1755)
Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1756)
The doors of wisdom are never shut.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1755)
Nothing is more fatal to health an over care of it.
Benjamin Franklin
In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it.
Benjamin Franklin (The Way to Wealth, 1758)
Where liberty dwells, there is my country.
Benjamin Franklin
Learn of the skilful: He that teaches himself, hath a fool for his master.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1741)
They that won't be counselled, can't be helped.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1758)
They who have nothing to be troubled at,
will be troubled at nothing.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1741)
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin (An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pennsylvania, 1759)
The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands.
Benjamin Franklin
He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1758)
Act uprightly, and despise calumny; Dirt may stick to a mud wal, but not to polished marble.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1757)
Reading makes a full Man, Meditation a profound Man, Discourse a clear Man.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1738)
Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1736)
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.
Benjamin Franklin (The Budy Body, 1728)
At 20 years of age the will reigns, at 30 the wit, at 40 the judgment.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1741)
He that lies down with dogs, shall rise up with fleas.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1733)
Fish and visitors stink in three days.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1736)
Have you somewhat to do tomorrow; do it today.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1742)
Mankind naturally and generally love to be flatter'd.
Benjamin Franklin (A Dissertation on Liberty and Necessity, Pleasure and Pain, 1725)
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Benjamin Franklin Biography

Born: January 17, 1706
Died: April 17, 1790

Benjamin Franklin was an American polymath. He had among many things, success in politics and science, he was also an revered inventor and writer.

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Poor Richard's Almanack (1732 - 1758)
The Way to Wealth (1758)
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Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.
Dale Carnegie in "How to Win Friends and Influence People"

We do not quit playing because we grow old, we grow old because we quit playing.
G. Stanley Hall, a variation of a quote by G. Stanley Hall.

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