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.


A little neglect may breed mischief ... for want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost.     

Benjamin Franklin

I am lord of myself, accountable to none.     

Benjamin Franklin

He that's secure is not safe     

Benjamin Franklin

Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest.     

Benjamin Franklin

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.     

Benjamin Franklin

We must all hang together, or assuredly, we shall all hang separately.     

Benjamin Franklin

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.     

Benjamin Franklin

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.     

Benjamin Franklin

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.     

Benjamin Franklin

Think of these things, whence you came, where you are going, and to whom you must account.     

Benjamin Franklin

Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.     

Benjamin Franklin

When in doubt, don't.     

Benjamin Franklin

Beer 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

If you desire many things, many things will seem few.     

Benjamin Franklin

It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.     

Benjamin Franklin

"As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.     

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

Constant complaint is the poorest sort of pay for all the comforts we enjoy.     

Benjamin Franklin

Freedom of speech is the great bulwark of liberty; they prosper and die together: And it is the terror of traitors and oppressors, and a barrier against them. It produces excellent writers, and encourages men of fine genius.     

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

Reckless youth makes rueful age.     

Benjamin Franklin

If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.     

Benjamin Franklin

All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.     

Benjamin Franklin

Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.     

Benjamin Franklin

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

Benjamin Franklin

Love your enemies; for they shall tell you all your faults.     

Benjamin Franklin

The things which hurt, instruct.     

Benjamin Franklin

Applause waits on success.     

Benjamin Franklin

Promises may fit the friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies.     

Benjamin Franklin