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

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Profession: Statesman
Nationality: American


If you would be loved, love, and be lovable. Benjamin Franklin

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In my youth, I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.

Great Modesty often hides great Merit.

I believe in one God, Creator of the Universe in that He ought to be whipped from pilar to post and back again for His shameful actions toward Humanity.

It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth.

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

He that's content, hath enough; He that complains, has too much.

We do all kinds of things to remain beautiful yet we spend surprisingly little time taking care of what matters most: the way our mind functions.

Words may show a man's wit, actions his meaning.

If you were a servant would you not be ashamed that a good master should catch you idle? Then if you are your own master be ashamed to catch yourself idle.

The notes one of my uncles (who had the same kind of curiosity in collecting family anecdotes) once put into my hands, furnished me with several particulars relating to our ancestors.

This respect to all, with an opinion that the worst had some good effects, induc'd me to avoid all discourse that might tend to lessen the good opinion another might have of his own religion.

Our supper was only half an anchovy each, on a very little strip of bread and butter, and half a pint of ale between us; but the entertainment was in her conversation.

Those disputing, contradicting, and confuting people are generally unfortunate in their affairs. They get victory, sometimes, but they never get good will, which would be of more use to them.

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