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.


Be slow in choosing a friend, slower still in changing.      

Benjamin Franklin

He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows, nor judge all he sees.      

Benjamin Franklin

Paintings and fightings are best seen at a distance.      

Benjamin Franklin

When you taste honey, remember gall.      

Benjamin Franklin

Wink at small faults     

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

Do not squander time for that is the stuff that life is made of.      

Benjamin Franklin

He that pays for work before it's done, has but a pennyworth for two pence.      

Benjamin Franklin

One today is worth two tomorrows.      

Benjamin Franklin

Waste not, want not.      

Benjamin Franklin

One man may be more cunning than another, but not more cunning than everybody else.      

Benjamin Franklin

Pride is as loud a beggar as want, and a great deal more saucy. When you have bought one fine thing, you must buy ten more, that your appearance may be all of a piece; but it is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.     

Benjamin Franklin

The devil wipes his breech with poor folks' pride.      

Benjamin Franklin

Nothing is certain but death and taxes.      

Benjamin Franklin

Neglect kills injuries, revenge increases them.      

Benjamin Franklin

Little strokes fell great oaks.      

Benjamin Franklin

If passion drives, let reason hold the reins.      

Benjamin Franklin

Nor eye in a letter, nor hand in a purse, nor ear in the secret of another.      

Benjamin Franklin

Better slip with foot than tongue.      

Benjamin Franklin

It is wise not to seek a secret and honest not to reveal it.      

Benjamin Franklin

Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.      

Benjamin Franklin

What you would seem to be, be really.      

Benjamin Franklin

Clean your finger before you point at my spots.      

Benjamin Franklin

Be not niggardly of what costs thee nothing, as courtesy, counsel and countenance.      

Benjamin Franklin

Each year one vicious habit rooted out, in time might make the worst man good throughout.      

Benjamin Franklin

Good example is the best sermon.      

Benjamin Franklin

Grace thou thy house and let not that grace thee.      

Benjamin Franklin

Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and parliaments.      

Benjamin Franklin

If evils come not then our fears are in vain; and if they do, fear but augments the pain.      

Benjamin Franklin

If you'ld have a servant that you like, serve yourself.      

Benjamin Franklin