Laws without morals are in vain.
Pity and forbearance should characterize all acts of justice.
It is much to be lamented that a man of Franklin's general good character and great influence should have been an unbeliever in Christianity, and also have done as much as he did to make others unbelievers.
Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life.
All would live long, but none would be old.
Poverty wants some things, Luxury many things, Avarice all things
Nor is it of much Importance to us to know the Manner in which Nature executes her laws; 'tis enough to know the Laws themselves.
At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.
God heals, and the doctor takes the fees. Energy and persistence conquer all things. He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, his precepts! Oh, it's easier to keep Holidays than Commandments. Well done is better than well said.
An infallible Remedy for the Tooth-ach, viz Wash the Root of an aching Tooth, in Elder Vinegar, and let it dry half an hour in the Sun; after which it will never ach more; Probatum est.
For Age and Want save while you may; No morning Sun lasts a whole day.
Better slip with foot than tongue.
No better relation than a prudent and faithful friend.
A lonely man on a rainy night who cannot read.
Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.
What more valuable than Gold? Diamonds. Than Diamonds? Virtue.
The rotten apple spoils his companion.
Setting too good an Example is a Kind of slander seldom forgiven.
What is best for people is what they do for themselves.
The things of this world take up too much of my time, of which indeed I have too little left, to undertake anything like a reformation in religion.
Well done is better than well said. 1
Where liberty is, there is my country.
We are all born without knowledge, but curious. With curiosity we should be able to learn as much as possible. With curiosity, it has to take a lot of work to remain ignorant.
Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.
I wish it (Christianity) were more productive of good works ... I mean real good works ... not holy day keeping, sermon-hearing ... or making long prayers, filled with flatteries and compliments despised by wise men, and much less capable of pleasing the Deity.
Were the offer made true, I would engage to run again, from beginning to end, the same career of life. All I would ask should be the privilege of an author, to correct, in a second edition, certain errors of the first.
When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.
Are you angry that others disappoint you? Remember you cannot depend upon yourself.
In my youth, I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.
The tongue offends and the ears get the cuffing