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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was an American inventor, journalist, printer, diplomat, and statesman.
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To bear other peoples afflictions, every one has courage enough, and to spare.

Benjamin Franklin

I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that don't work.

Benjamin Franklin

To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.

Benjamin Franklin

Either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing.

Benjamin Franklin

Up, sluggard, and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough.

Benjamin Franklin

The first mistake in public business is the going into it.

Benjamin Franklin

If you would be loved, love and be lovable.

Benjamin Franklin

Life with fools consists in drinking; with the wise man, thinking.

Benjamin Franklin

Pride that dines on vanity, sips on contempt.

Benjamin Franklin

Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security, will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.

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Energy and persistence conquer all things.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stands a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure, too.

Benjamin Franklin

He is a fool that cannot conceal his wisdom.

Benjamin Franklin

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.

Benjamin Franklin

The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.

Benjamin Franklin

If you would know the value of money, go try to borrow some; for he that goes a-borrowing goes a-sorrowing.

Benjamin Franklin

To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.

Benjamin Franklin

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

Five thousand balloons, capable of raising two men each, could not cost more than five ships of the line; and where is the prince who can afford so to cover his country with troops for its defense as that 10,000 men descending from the clouds might not in many places do an infinite deal of mischief before a force could be brought together to repel them?

Benjamin Franklin

Our critics are our friends; they show us our faults.

Benjamin Franklin

Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; to severe, seldom executed.

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

Benjamin Franklin

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

Benjamin Franklin
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