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 Benjamin Franklin Quotes 

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They who can give up essential essential liberty liberty to obtain obtain a little temporary safety deserve deserve neither liberty liberty nor safety.

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve involve me and I learn.

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned Earned

Never ruin ruin an apology with an excuse.

How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, His precepts! precepts!

Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, deserve, either one.

Instead of cursing cursing the darkness, light a candle.

Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling unwilling to learn.

If all printers were determined determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.

Be at war with your vices, vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let let every new year find you a better man.

The person who deserves deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn't know how to read.

Dost thou thou love life? Then do not squander squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.

Educate your children to self control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice prejudice and evil evil tendencies tendencies subject subject to an upright upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish abolish misery misery from their future and crimes from society.

He that is good for making excuses is seldom seldom good for anything else.

Do not anticipate anticipate trouble, or worry worry about what may never happen

If we look back into history for the character of present sects sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive primitive Christians thought persecution extremely extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practised it on one another. another. The first Protestants of the Church of England, blamed blamed persecution in the Roman church, but practised it against the Puritans: these found it wrong in the Bishops, but fell into the same practice themselves both here and in New England

Happiness depends more on the inward disposition disposition of mind than on outward circumstances. circumstances.

Were I a Roman Catholic, Catholic, perhaps perhaps I should on this occasion vow vow to build a chapel to some saint, saint, but as I am not, if I were to vow vow at all, it should be to build a light house

A house is not a home unless it contains contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.

Whoever would overthrow overthrow the liberty liberty of a nation must begin by subduing subduing the freeness of speech.

The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, opponent, tolerance; tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; deference; to your mother, conduct conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all others, charity. charity.

Security without liberty liberty is called prison.

To be humble humble to superiors is a duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.

Slavery Slavery is such an atrocious debasement of human nature, that its very extirpation, if not performed with solicitous solicitous care, may sometimes open a source of serious evils. The unhappy man who has been treated as a brute animal, too frequently frequently sinks beneath beneath the common standard of the human species. The galling chains, that bind his body, do also fetter fetter his intellectual faculties, and impair impair the social affections affections of his heart... To instruct, to advise, to qualify qualify those, who have been restored to freedom, for the exercise and enjoyment of civil civil liberty... liberty... and to procure procure for their children an education calculated for their future situation in life; these are the great outlines outlines of the annexed annexed plan, which we have adopted adopted

A good example is the best sermon. sermon.

How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution resolution enough to mend them.

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

There are three things extremely extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.

Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound profound man, discourse discourse a clear man.

To cease cease to think creatively is to cease cease to live

You desire to know something of know something of my Religion. It is the first time I have been questioned upon it: But I do not take your Curiosity amiss, amiss, and shall endeavour endeavour in a few Words to gratify gratify it... I have, with most of the present Dissenters in England, some Doubts as to his [Jesus'] divinity; divinity; tho' it is a question I do not dogmatize upon, having never studied it, and I think it needless to busy myself with it now, when I expect soon an Opportunity of knowing the Truth with less Trouble

So convenient a thing to be a reasonable reasonable creature, since it enables enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do.

The way to wealth is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality: frugality: that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality frugality nothing will do, and with them everything.

If Passion drives, let let Reason hold the Reins. Reins.

...there will be sleeping enough in the grave.... grave....

It is with great sincerity I join you in join you in acknowledging acknowledging and admiring admiring the dispensations of Providence Providence in our favor. America has only to be thankful thankful and to persevere. God will finish his work and establish establish their freedom.... If it had not been for the justice of our cause, and the consequent interposition interposition of Providence,in which we had faith, we must have been ruined. ruined. If had ever before been an atheist, atheist, I should now have been convinced of the being and government of a Deity! It is He who abases abases the proud and favors the humble. humble. May we never forget His goodnes to us, and may our future conduct conduct manifest manifest our gratitude....I believe in believe in one God, Creator of the universe. That He governs it by his providence. providence. That He ought to be worshiped.

Write to Please Please Yourself

He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals. rivals.

Sloth Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all easy; and he that riseth late must trot all day, and shall scarce scarce overtake his business at night; while laziness travels so slowly, that poverty soon overtakes him.

Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude aptitude for patience.

Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned. learned. Be industrious and frugal, frugal, and you will be rich. Be sober sober and temperate, temperate, and you will be healthy. Be in general virtuous, virtuous, and you will be happy. At least you will, by such conduct, conduct, stand the be.

He that blows the coals in quarrels quarrels that he has nothing to do with, has no right to complain if the sparks sparks fly in his face. Ben Franklin

The people heard it, and approved approved the doctrine, doctrine, and immediately practiced the contrary. contrary.

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

Nothing ventured, ventured, nothing gained!!!

Without Freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom;and no such thing as public liberty, liberty, without freedom of speech.

In reality, there is, perhaps, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue subdue as pride. Disguise Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle stifle it, mortify mortify it as much as one pleases, pleases, it is still alive, and will every now and then every now and then peep out and show itself; you will see it, perhaps, perhaps, often often in this history; for, even if I could conceive conceive that I had compleatly overcome overcome it, I should probably probably be proud of my humility. humility.

Thinking aloud is a habit which is responsible responsible for most of mankind's misery. misery.

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. meaning.

He that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, another, than he whom you yourself have obliged. obliged.

To be proud of virtue, virtue, is to poison yourself with the Antidote. Antidote.

1. TEMPERANCE. TEMPERANCE. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation. elevation. 2. SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling trifling conversation. 3. ORDER. Let Let all your things have their places; let let each part of your business have its time. 4. RESOLUTION. RESOLUTION. Resolve Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve. resolve. 5. FRUGALITY. FRUGALITY. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing. 6. INDUSTRY. Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary unnecessary actions. 7. SINCERITY. Use no hurtful deceit; deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you...

O powerful goodness! Bountiful Father! Merciful Guide! Increase in me that wisdom which discovers my truest interest. Strengthen my resolution resolution to perform what that wisdom dictates. Accept my kind offices to thy thy other children as the only return in my power for thy thy continual favours favours to me.

Vicious Vicious actions are not hurtful because they are forbidden, forbidden, but forbidden forbidden because they are hurtful.

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

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting contesting the vote.

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