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It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.
Variant: Tis easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.
Benjamin Franklin
(Poor Richard's Almanack, 1745)
There are no gains, without pains.
Benjamin Franklin (The Way to Wealth, 1758)
By diligence and patience, the mouse bit in two the cable.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1735)
When the well's dry, we know the worth of water.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1746)
Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1738)
But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting Sun.
Benjamin Franklin (At the signing of the United States Constitution, 1787)
Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to get leisure.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1740)
Drive thy business; let not that drive thee.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1738)
As we must account for every idle word,
so we must for every idle silence.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1738)
A small leak can sink a great ship.
Variant: A small leak will sink a great Ship
Benjamin Franklin
(Poor Richard's Almanack, 1745)
The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1758)
He that can have Patience, can have what he will.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1736)
There never was a good war, or a bad peace.
Benjamin Franklin (Letter to Josiah Quincey, 1783)
When you're good to others, you are best to yourself.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1748)
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
Trust thy self, and another shall not betray thee.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1739)
Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1750)
A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1756)
He that sows thorns, should not go barefoot.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1742)
Energy and persistence conquer all things.
Benjamin Franklin
Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1756)
To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack)
Wish not so much to live long as to live well.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1738)
Human Felicity is produc'd not so much by great Pieces of good Fortune that seldom happen, as by little Advantages that occur every Day.
Benjamin Franklin (The Authobiography of Benjamin Franklin, 1817)
Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
Benjamin Franklin
He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stands a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure, too.
Benjamin Franklin (Letter to Dr. Shipley, 1786)
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.
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
All mankind is divided into three classes:
Those that are immovable,
Those that are movable, and
Those that move.
Benjamin Franklin
Who is wise? He that learns from every One.
Who is powerful? He that governs his Passions.
Who is rich? He that is content.
Who is that? Nobody.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1755)
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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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