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.


Bacon is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.     

Benjamin Franklin

To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.     

Benjamin Franklin

Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.     

Benjamin Franklin

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.     

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Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.     

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Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.     

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Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.     

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Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.     

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Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.     

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Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.     

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

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Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.     

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

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Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.     

Benjamin Franklin

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.     

Benjamin Franklin

The best investment is in the tools of one's own trade.     

Benjamin Franklin

Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.     

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Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.     

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Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.     

Benjamin Franklin

A penny saved is a penny earned.     

Benjamin Franklin

Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.     

Benjamin Franklin

If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.     

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

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The sleeping fox catches no poultry.     

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The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.     

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Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.     

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It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.     

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Innocence is its own defense.     

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

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Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.     

Benjamin Franklin