Notwithstanding my experiments with electricity the thunderbolt continues to fall under our noses and beards; and as for the tyrant, there are a million of us still engaged at snatching away his sceptre.

-Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin

Cut the Wings of your Hens and Hopes, lest they lead you a weary Dance after them.

Benjamin Franklin
He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner.
Benjamin Franklin

Little strokes fell great oaks.

Benjamin Franklin
A Bible and a newspaper in every house, a good school in every district; all studied and appreciated as they merit; are the principal support of virtue, morality, and civil liberty.
Benjamin Franklin

You made delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.

Benjamin Franklin
Outside Independence Hall when the Constitutional Convention of 1787 ended, Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, "A republic, if you can keep it."
Benjamin Franklin

In 1736 I lost one of my sons, a fine boy of four years old, by the small-pox, taken in the common way. I long regretted bitterly, and still regret that I had not given it to him by inoculation. This I mention for the sake of parents who omit that operation, on the supposition that they should never forgive themselves if a child died under it; my example showing that the regret may be the same either way, and that, therefore, the safer should be chosen.

Benjamin Franklin
After crosses and losses men grow humbler and wiser.
Benjamin Franklin

I think with you, that nothing is of more importance for the public weal, than to form and train up youth in wisdom and virtue. Wise and good men are in my opinion, the strength of the state; more so than riches or arms.

Benjamin Franklin
Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the used key is always bright.