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Benjamin Franklin Quotes


Famed American author, printer, publisher, inventor, scientist and diplomat. Franklin played a critical role in the achievement of American independence.
(1706 - 1790)

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A Bible and a newspaper in every house, a good school in every district - all studied and appreciated as they merit - are the principal support of virtue, morality, and civil liberty.
[Liberty]
 

A cheerful face is nearly as good for an invalid as healthy weather.
 

A child thinks twenty shillings and twenty years can scarce ever be spent.
[Children]
 

A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.
[Law]
 

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
[Conscience]
 

A good newspaper and Bible in every house, a good schoolhouse in every district, and a church in every neighborhood, all appreciated as they deserve, are the chief support of virtue, morality, civil liberty, and religion.
 

A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.
 

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

A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.
 

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

A little neglect may breed great mischief. ... For want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe, the horse was lost; for want of a horse, the battle was lost; for want of the battle, the war was lost.
[Time]
 

A man may, if he knows not how to save as he gets, keep his nose all his life to the grindstone and die not worth a groat after all.
[Economy]
 

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

A penny saved is a penny earned.
 

A place for everything, everything in its place.
[Order]
 

A ploughman on his legs is higher than a gentleman on his knees.
[Work]
 

A shrewd observer once said, that in walking the streets of a slippery morning, one might see where the good natured people lived, by the ashes thrown on the ice before the doors.
 

A single man has not nearly the value he would have in a state of union. He is an incomplete animal. He resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors.
[Bachelor]
 

A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.
 

A small leak can sink a great ship.
 


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