And where is the Prince who can afford to so cover his country with troops for its defense, as that ten thousand men descending from the clouds, might not in many places do an infinite deal of mischief, before a force could be brought together to repel them?
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self. Benjamin Fran
Praise to the undeserving is severe satire.
The most exquisite folly is made of wisdom spun too fine.
I made the greater progress, from that clearness of head and quicker apprehension which generally attend temperance in eating and drinking.
It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.
Grief for a dead Wife, and a troublesome Guest, Continues to the threshold, and there is at rest; But I mean such wives as are none of the best
Chess teaches foresight, by having to plan ahead; vigilance, by having to keep watch over the whole chess board; caution, by having to restrain ourselves from making hasty moves; and finally, we learn from chess the greatest maxim in life - that even when everything seems to be going badly for us we
It is the duty of mankind on all suitable occasions to acknowledge their dependence on the Divine Being... Almighty God would mercifully interpose and still the rage of war among the nations... He would take this province under His protection, confound the designs and defeat the attempts of its enem
The cause of the South was the cause of constitutional government, the cause of government regulated by law, and the cause of honesty and fidelity in public servants. No nobler cause did man ever fight for!
You may sometimes be much in the Wrong, in owning your being in the Right.
Hear not ill of a friend, nor speak any of an enemy.
If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him. Benjamin Frankli
Acquire Riches by Industry and Frugality.
Love and toothache have many cures, but none infallible, except possession and dispossession.
Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.
Chess is so interesting in itself, as not to need the view of gain to induce engaging in it; and thence it is never played for money
Everybody's human-everybody makes mistakes. If you laugh it off and keep going and try to give it your best the next time around, people respect that.
Nothing but Money, Is sweeter than Honey.
The rapid progress of the sciences makes me sorry, at times, that I was born so soon. Imagine the power that man will have over matter, a few hundred years from now. We may learn how to remove gravity from large masses, and float them over great distances. Agriculture will double its produce with le
A lie stands on one leg, truth on two.
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. This sentence was much used in the Revolutionary period. It occurs even so early as November, 1755, in an answer by the Assembly of Pennsylvania to the Governor, and forms the motto of Fra
Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.
A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges. Benjamin Frankli
Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
Hast thou virtue? acquire also the graces and beauties of virtue.
Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed. Benjamin Frankli
The apostle Paul very seriously advised Timothy to put some wine in his water for health's sake, but not one of the apostles nor any of the holy fathers have ever recommended putting water in wine
Applause waits on success.
Pen, wax and parchment govern the world.