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Bits of Wisdom from Benjamin Franklin

Updated on August 23, 2013

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790) was a leading author, statesman, diplomat, politician, inventor, a scientist, the author of the Poor Richard's Almanac a best seller pamphlet published in the American colonies from 1732 -1758.

Benjamin Franklin's sayings and wisdom are simple words of common sense, here is a collection of interesting, inspirational sayings and bits of wisdom by a very wise man, the man who invented the lightning rod, the Franklin stove and bifocal glasses.

  • Tell me my faults and mend your own.
  • Saying and doing have quarrel'd and parted.
  • Tomorrow every fault is to be amended; but that tomorrow never comes.
  • A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines.
  • Laziness travels so slowly, that poverty soon overtakes him
  • You may delay but time will not.
  • Virtue may always make a face handsome, but Vice will certainly make it ugly.
  • Love and be loved.
  • Trouble springs from idleness; toil from ease.
  • Plow deep, while sluggards sleep and you will shall have corn, to sell and to keep.

  • He that sows thorns, should never go barefoot.
  • When a friend deals with a friend let the bargain be clear and well penne'd that they may continue friends to the end.
  • He that never eats too much, will never be lazy.
  • Silence is not always a sign of wisdom, but babbling is ever a mark of folly.
  • Great modesty often hides great merit.
  • If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
  • Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.
  • The doors of wisdom are never shut.
  • Glass, china and reputation are easily cracked and never mended well.
  • A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.

  • It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.
  • Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
  • Little strokes fell great oaks.
  • In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
  • Success has ruined many a man.
  • Energy and persistence conquers all things.
  • Fatigue is the best pillow.
  • God helps them that help themselves.
  • At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgement.
  • Fools need advice most, but wise men only are the better for it.

Secret of Success Business Quotes by Ben Franklin

  • When knaves betray each other, one can scarce be blamed or the other pitied.
  • An honest man will receive neither money nor praise, that is not his due.
  • To be proud of knowledge, is to be blind with light; to be proud of virtue, is to poison yourself with the antidote.
  • Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.
  • A wise man will desire no more than what he may get justly, use soberly, distribute and leave contentedly.  

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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If you know any quotes by Benjamin Franklin please feel free to add in the comments box below...thanks

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      6 years ago

      "Love your enemys, they tell you your faults."

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      Andrea Woolf 

      6 years ago

      I love your post! I, too, love inspirational sayings and was happy to come upon your tribute to Benjamin Franklin.

      It is great that you are sharing your inspiration with others here. You are truly making a difference in the world. Keep doing what you are doing!

      To your magnificence!

      Andrea Woolf

      Founder, Ignite Your Life Book

      Co-Founder, Wake Up Abundant

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      8 years ago from North Carolina

      "Beauty and folly are old companions" is a favorite of mine - great hub. If you are a fan of Ben in general, I just started an experiment on his 13 virtues.

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      johnny yuma1 

      9 years ago

      I look up to and admire Benjamin Franklin insipte of the fact that he wanted the turkey for our national bird rather than the eagle.

      Great work here!

      Johnny Yuma

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      9 years ago

      Franklin has some of my favorite quotes in history-he was brilliant in so many areas of life....a man to look up to despite some of his faults. Thanks for the great hub :-|>

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      Karen Ellis 

      9 years ago from Central Oregon

      Wow, these are great and there are many I've never heard of. Then Benny Franklin was a real "Pip."

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      9 years ago from MA, USA

      Just stopping by to pick up some bits of wisdom!

      I loved them all and particularly these 3:

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

      *The doors of wisdom are never shut.

      *Glass, china and reputation are easily cracked and never mended well.

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      9 years ago from Lithuania

      That's a discovery for me! I never thought that "Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today" was Franklin's quote. Very wise! I also note that some of the proverbs are found in other languages as well (probably most of them).

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      "never leave till tomorrow what you can do today" and "the only thing for sure is death and paying taxes" are 2 of my favorites..although there are many good ones here...thanks for the reminders..and Pray.. G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Jerilee Wei 

      9 years ago from United States

      Just love old Ben's wisdom, doubt he'd be surprised much of it still holds true today. Great hub! Linked it. My favorite Franklin quote is too long for a comment box, but can be found in my hub

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      Cindy Lawson 

      9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Excellent words of wisdom. Great Hub.

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      9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you, I did not know that much about Benjamin Frankin.

      Great hub.


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