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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Profession: Statesman
Nationality: American


Read much, but not many books. Benjamin Franklin

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On the whole, sir, I can not help expressing a wish that every member of the convention who may still have objections to it, would, with me, on this occasion, doubt a little of his own infallibility, and, to make manifest our unanimity, put his name to this instrument.

I grew convinc'd that truth, sincerity and integrity in dealings between man and man were of the utmost importance to the felicity of life.

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

Our necessities never equal our wants.

Lost time is never found again.

There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means - either may do - the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.

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

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 know the value of money, go and try to borrow some; for he that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing, as Poor Richard says; and indeed so does he that lends to such people, when he goes to get it in again.

Make yourself sheep and the wolves will eat you.

Look round the habitable world, how few Know their own good, or, knowing it, pursue!

Critics are our friends, they show us our faults.

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

A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.