Quotes from Benjamin Franklin


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One today is worth two tomorrows.


Who had deceived thee so often as thyself?



By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.


Those have a short Lent who owe money to be paid at Easter.


I guess I don't so much mind being old, as I mind being fat and old.


Distrust and caution are the parents of security.


Well done is better than well said.


Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest.


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


I have never entered into any controversy in defense of my philosophical opinions; I leave them to take their chance in the world. If they are right, truth and experience will support them; if wrong, they ought to be refuted and rejected. Disputes are apt to sour one's temper and disturb one's quiet.


If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.


We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.


At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.


Where there is a free government, and the people make their own laws by their representatives, I see no injustice in their obliging one another to take their own paper money.


Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.


God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: 'This is my country.'


An egg today is better than a hen to-morrow.


As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously.


If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.