Reading was the only amusement I allowed myself
Justice is as strictly due between neighbor nations as between neighbor citizens.
Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
"We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable" in a draft of the Declaration of Independence changes it instead into an assertion of rationality. The scientific mind of Franklin drew on the scientific determinism of Isaac Newton and the analytic empiricism of David Hume and Gottfried Leibniz. In
Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.
Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.
The man who does things makes mistakes, but he doesn't make the biggest mistake of all-doing nothing.
Life is a kind of chess.
When men and woman die, as poets sung, his heart's the last part moves, her last, the tongue.
There are two ways to increase your wealth. Increase your means or decrease your wants. The best is to do both at the same time.
We should make the poor uncomfortable and kick them out of poverty.
Flesh eating is unprovoked murder.
Did not strong connections draw me elsewhere, I believe Scotland would be the country I would choose to end my days in.
When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.When you're down to nothing, God is up to something. The faithful see the invisible, believe
Necessity never made a good bargain. Benjamin Fran
Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and governments.
It is the will of God and Nature that these mortal bodies be laid aside, when the soul is to enter into real life; 'tis rather an embrio state, a preparation for living; a man is not completely born until he be dead: Why then should we grieve that a new child is born among the immortals?
I would rather have it said, 'He lived usefully,' than, 'He died rich.'
Energy and persistence conquer all things. 1
If you want to be rich, think of the savings and get them.
When women cease to be handsome, they study to be good.
Fond pride of dress is sure a very curse
I have met the enemy, and it is the eyes of other people.
Would thou confound thy enemy, be good thyself.
He that can have patience can have what he will.
A people who chose security over liberty will receive neither nor deserve either.
Opportunity is the great bawd.
If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately. Benjamin Fran
If you, do what you should not, you must bear what you would not.
A Brother may not be a Friend, but a Friend will always be a Brother.