Revelation, indeed, as such had no influence on my mind
Those who would trade in their freedom for their protection deserve neither.
When you're finished changing, you're finished.
To get the bad customs of a country changed and new ones, though better, introduced, it is necessary first to remove the prejudices of the people, enlighten their ignorance, and convince them that their interests will be promoted by the proposed changes; and this is not the work of a day.
Every other sect supposes itself in possession of the truth, and that those who differ are so far in the wrong. Like a man traveling in foggy weather they see those at a distance before them wrapped up in a fog, as well as those behind them, and also people in the fields on each side; but near them,
Those who sacrifice essential liberty for temporary safety are not deserving of either liberty or safety.
For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise.
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.
Let the experiment be made.
Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.
Let thy maid servant be faithful, strong, and homely.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
Great Modesty often hides great Merit.
The world is full of fools and faint hearts; and yet everyone has courage enough to bear the misfortunes, and wisdom enough to manage the affairs, of his neighbor.
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.
Snowy winter, a plentiful harvest.
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. Benjamin Frankli
To all apparent beauties blind, each blemish strikes an envious mind.
In 1732 I first publish'd my 'Almanack' under the name of Richard Saunders; it was continu'd by me about twenty-five years, commonly call'd 'Poor Richard's Almanack.' I endeavour'd to make it both entertaining and useful, and it accordingly came to be in such demand that I reap'd considerable prof
Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. 1
If we give up freedom for security, we are in danger of losing both.
Fiction or fable allures to instruction.
When befriended, remember it; when you befriend, forget it. Benjamin Frankli
If you want to be rich, think of the savings and get them.
Those have a short Lent who owe money to be paid at Easter. Benjamin Fran
It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.
Neglect kills injuries, revenge increases them.
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
The wise man draws more advantage from his enemies than the fool from his friends