We are more thoroughly an enlightened people, with respect to our political interests, than perhaps any other under heaven. Every man among us reads, and is so easy in his circumstances as to have leisure for conversations of improvement and for acquiring information.
In whatever country Jews have settled in any great number, they have lowered its moral tone; depreciated its commercial integrity; have segregated themselves and have not been assimilated; have sneered at and tried to undermine the Christian religion upon which that nation is founded, by objecting t
"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
All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.
What you would seem to be, be really.
Life is a kind of Chess, with struggle, competition, good and ill events.
There is nothing wrong with retirement as long as one doesn't allow it to interfere with one's work.
To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.
Arguing is a game that two can play at. But it is a strange game in that neither opponent ever wins.
A father's a treasure; a brother's a comfort; a friend is both.
If the new Universal History were also read, it would give a connected idea of human affairs, so far as it goes, which should be followed by the best modern histories, particularly of our mother country; then of these colonies; which should be accompanied with observations on their rise, increase, u
Here you would know, and enjoy, what prosperity will way of Washington. For a thousand leagues have nearly the same effect with a thousand years.
There are lazy minds as well as lazy bodies.
There cannot be good living where there is not good drinking.
That man alone loves himself rightly who procures the greatest possible good to himself through the whole of his existence and so pursues pleasure as not to give for it more than it is worth.
The doors of wisdom are never shut. Benjamin Fran
Display is as false as it is costly.
When in doubt, don't.
In New England they once thought blackbirds useless, and mischievous to the corn. They made efforts to destroy them. The consequence was, the blackbirds were diminished; but a kind of worm, which devoured their grass, and which the blackbirds used to feed on, increased prodigiously; then, finding th
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
I think vital religion has always suffered when orthodoxy is more regarded than virtue. The scriptures assure me that at the last day we shall not be examined on what we thought but what we did.
Now I've a sheep and a cow, every body bids me good morrow.
He that is conscious of a stink in his breeches is [suspicious] of every wrinkle in another's nose.
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self. Benjamin Frankli
Lost time is never found again. Benjamin Franklin 1
Remember, that six pounds a year is but a groat a day.
Savages we call them because their manners differ from ours.
Promises may fit the friends, but non performance will turn them into enemies.
If all but myself were blind, I should want neither a fine house nor fine furniture.
Take it from Richard, poor and lame, What's begun in anger ends in shame.