Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a renowned polymath and a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions.

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He that composes himself is wiser than he that composes a book.

Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.

If a man could have half of his wishes he would double his troubles.

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

When you're finished changing, you're finished.

He that rises late must trot all day.

Distrust and caution are the parents of security.

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading, or do things worth writing.

When befriended remember it, when you befriend forget it.

A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.

Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion.

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

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

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

If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.

Employ thy time well if thou meanest to gain leisure.

Games lubricate the body and the mind.

Since thou are not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour.

Those who govern, having much business on their hands, do not generally like to take the trouble of considering and carrying into execution new projects. The best public measures are therefore seldom adopted from previous wisdom but forced by the occasion.

Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease.

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