Best of Benjamin Franklin

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    • Jun 21, 2013

    A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.

    A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.

    A penny saved is a penny earned.

    A small leak can sink a great ship.

    All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.

    Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.

    Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.

    As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.

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

    Beauty and folly are old companions.

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

    By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

    Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.

    Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.

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

    Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good.

    Energy and persistence conquer all things.

    Games lubricate the body and the mind.

    Genius without education is like silver in the mine.

    Half a truth is often a great lie.

    He does not possess wealth; it possesses him.

    He that can have patience can have what he will.

    He that composes himself is wiser than he that composes a book.

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

    He that lives upon hope will die fasting.

    He that rises late must trot all day.

    He that speaks much, is much mistaken.

    He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner.

    He that won't be counseled can't be helped.

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

    Hear reason, or she'll make you feel her.

    Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?

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

    I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things.

    If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

    If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.

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

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

    In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.

    It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.

    It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.

    It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.

    Life's Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.

    Lost time is never found again.

    Most people return small favors, acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones - with ingratitude.

    Necessity never made a good bargain.

    Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.

    Never take a wife till thou hast a house (and a fire) to put her in.

    No nation was ever ruined by trade.

    Our necessities never equal our wants.

    Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

    Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.

    Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

    The discontented man finds no easy chair.

    The doors of wisdom are never shut.

    The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.

    The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.

    The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason.

    The worst wheel of the cart makes the most noise.

    To Follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.

    We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.

    Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.