Benjamin Franklin Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old benjamin franklin quotes, benjamin franklin sayings, and benjamin franklin proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Necessity never made a good bargain.      

Benjamin Franklin

Out of adversity comes opportunity.      

Benjamin Franklin

Do good to thy friend to keep him, to thy enemy to gain him.      

Benjamin Franklin

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.      

Benjamin Franklin

Rather go to bed supperless than run in debt for a breakfast.      

Benjamin Franklin

Vessels large may venture more but little boats should keep near shore.      

Benjamin Franklin

Wish not so much to live long as to live well.      

Benjamin Franklin

Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble.      

Benjamin Franklin

A man in a passion, rides a mad horse.      

Benjamin Franklin

A quarrelsome man has no good neighbours.      

Benjamin Franklin

Forewarn'd, forearm'd.      

Benjamin Franklin

Great good nature without prudence is a great misfortune.      

Benjamin Franklin

He that scatters thorns, let him not go barefoot.      

Benjamin Franklin

Hear reason or she will make you feel her.      

Benjamin Franklin

The honey is sweet but the bee has a sting.      

Benjamin Franklin

Bad gains are true losses.      

Benjamin Franklin

Little leaks sink the ship.      

Benjamin Franklin

Don't judge of men's wealth or piety by their Sunday appearances.      

Benjamin Franklin

Death takes no bribes.      

Benjamin Franklin

Proclaim not all thou knowest, all thou owest, all thou hast, nor all thou can'st.      

Benjamin Franklin

After crosses and losses, men grow humbler and wiser.      

Benjamin Franklin

The most exquisite folly is made of wisdom spun too fine.      

Benjamin Franklin

A brother may not be a friend, but a friend will always be a brother.      

Benjamin Franklin

A father's a treasure; a brother's a comfort; a friend is both.      

Benjamin Franklin

Philosophy as well as foppery often changes fashion.      

Benjamin Franklin

A true friend is the best Possession.      

Benjamin Franklin

Friendship increases by visiting friends but visiting seldom.      

Benjamin Franklin

No better relation than a prudent and faithful friend.      

Benjamin Franklin

A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines.      

Benjamin Franklin

Great spenders are bad lenders.      

Benjamin Franklin