We are not certain, we are never certain. If we were we could reach some conclusions, and we could, at last, make others take us seriously.In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
Vice knows [its] ugly, so [it] puts on [a] mask.
Anger and folly walk cheek by sole.
If principle is good for anything, it is worth living up to.
There seems to be three ways for a nation to acquire wealth: the first is by war...this is robbery; the second by commerce, which is generally cheating; the third by agriculture, the only honest way.
It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.
Lost time is never found again.
He who multiplies riches multiplies cares.
As charms are nonsense,nonsense is a charm.
He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.
When confronted with two courses of action I jot down on a piece of paper all the arguments in favor of each one, then on the opposite side I write the arguments against each one. Then by weighing the arguments pro and con and cancelling them out, one against the other, I take the course indicated b
Hope is an essential constituent of human life.
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid. Benjamin Fran
[T]he more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer . . . [taking] away from before their eyes the greatest of all inducements to industry, frugality, and sobriety, by giving them a dependence of somewhat else than a careful accumul
Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself.
'tis his honesty that brought upon him the character of a heretic.
Proclaim not all thou knowest, all thou knowest, all thou hast, nor all thou cans't.
Let the child's first lesson be obedience, and the second will be what thou wilt.
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Frankli
No European who has tasted savage life can afterwards bear to live in our societies.
The securest place is a prison cell, but there is no liberty
...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...
Rules too soft are seldomly followed; rules too harsh are seldomly executed.
I think that humanity brings much misery on itself by the false value they put on things.
Idleness is the Dead Sea that swallows all virtues
Truth and sincerity have a certain distinguishing native lustre about them which cannot be perfectly counterfeited; they are like fire and flame, that cannot be painted.
People are best convinced by things they themselves discover.
Those who prefer security to liberty deserve neither.
When religion is good, it will take care of itself. When it is not able to take care of itself, and God does not see fit to take care of it, so that it has to appeal to the civil power for support, it is evidence to my mind that its cause is a bad one.
Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.