Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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If you wou'd not be forgotten,
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worth reading,
Or do things worth the writing.

Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1738)

I think opinions should be judged of by their influences and effects, and if a man holds none that tend to make him less virtuous or more vicious, it may be concluded that he holds none that are dangerous; which I hope is the case with me.

Benjamin Franklin (Letter to his father, 1738)

All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse.

Benjamin Franklin (Letter to Dr. Priestley, 1780)

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.

Benjamin Franklin (Speech in the Federal Convention, 1787)

Perhaps the history of the errors of mankind, all things considered, is more valuable and interesting than that of their discoveries. Truth is uniform and narrow; it constantly exists, and does not seem to require so much an active energy, as a passive aptitude of the soul in order to encounter it. But error is endlessly diversified; it has no reality, but is the pure and simple creation of the mind that invents it. In this field the soul has room enough to expand herself, to display all her boundless faculties, and all her beautiful and interesting extravagancies and absurdities.

Benjamin Franklin (Report on Animal Magnetism, 1784)

As a great part of our life is spent in sleep, during which we have sometimes pleasant and sometimes painful dreams, it becomes of some consequence to obtain the one kind and avoid the other; for whether real or imaginary, pain is pain and pleasure is pleasure. If we can sleep without dreaming, it is well that painful dreams are avoided. If, while we sleep, we can have any pleasant dreams, it is, as the French say, autant de gagné, so much added to the pleasure of life.

Benjamin Franklin (The Art of Procuring Pleasant Dreams, 1786)

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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.

Notable Works

Poor Richard's Almanack (1732 - 1758)
The Way to Wealth (1758)

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