...till we are uneasy in Rest, we can have no Desire to move, and without Desire of moving there can be no voluntary Motion.
Write your injuries in dust, your benefits in marble.
Nothing is so tiresome to one's self, as well as so odious to others, as disguise and affectation.
History affords us many instances of the ruin of states,by the prosecution of measures ill suited to the temper andgenius of their people. The ordaining of laws in favor of onepart of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. ... The
Without Freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom;and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.
All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones. In my opinion, there never was a good war or a bad peace. When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?
Visit your Aunt, but not every Day; and call at your Brother's, but not every night.
Let honesty be as the breath of thy soul; then shalt thou reach the point of happiness, and independence shall be thy shield and buckler, thy helmet and crown; then shall thy soul walk upright, nor stoop to the silken wretch because he hath riches, nor pocket an abuse because the hand which offers i
In success be moderate.
Christianity commands us to pass by injuries; policy, to let them pass by us.
Lost time is never found again. Benjamin Franklin
Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed. Benjamin Frankli
Necessity knows no law; I know some attorneys of the same.
What signifies Philosophy that does not apply to some Use? May we not learn from hence, that black Clothes are not so fit to wear in a hot Sunny Climate or Season, as white ones; because in such Cloaths the Body is more heated by the Sun when we walk abroad, and are at the same time heated by the Ex
Life's Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.
Neglect kills injuries, revenge increases them.
If the elbow had been placed closer to the hand, the forearm would have been too short to bring the glass to the mouth; and if it had been closer to the shoulder, the forearm would have been so long that it would have carried the glass beyond the mouth.
Those who in quarrels interpose, must often wipe a bloody nose.
The United States Constitutional Convention, except for three or four persons, thought prayers unnecessary.
Wealth and Content are not always Bed-fellows.
...Why should Pennsylvania, founded by the English, become a Colony of Aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us instead of our Anglifying them, and will never adopt our Language or Customs, any more than they can acquire our Complexion...
There is nothing wrong with retirement as long as one doesn't allow it to interfere with one's work.
A Brother may not be a Friend, but a Friend will always be a Brother.
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. Benjamin Frankli
Electrical matter differs from common matter in this, that the parts of the latter mutually attract, those of the former mutually repel each other.
Our necessities never equal our wants.
When you are done changing, you're done.
He that pays for work before it's done, has but a pennyworth for two pence.
That Quantity that is sufficient, the Stomach can perfectly concoct and digest, and it sufficeth the due Nourishment of the Body.