Benjamin Franklin

There never was a good war or a bad peace. {Letter to Josiah Quincy, Sept. 11, 1773} - Benjamin Franklin

Little strokes fell great oaks. - Benjamin Franklin

A little neglect may breed mischief: for want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost. - Benjamin Franklin

Diligence is the mother of good luck. - Benjamin Franklin

We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. {At the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776} - Benjamin Franklin

Think of these things, whence you came, where you are going, and to whom you must account.  - Benjamin Franklin

A man may, if he knows not how to save as he gets, keep his nose to the grindstone. - Benjamin Franklin

Never leave that till to-morrow which you can do to-day. - Benjamin Franklin

Keep you eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards. - Benjamin Franklin

Here Skugg lies snug As a bug in a rug. {Letter to Miss Georgiana Shipley, September, 1772} - Benjamin Franklin

Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and parliaments. If we can get rid of the former, we may easily bear the latter. - Benjamin Franklin

To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals, courtesy, to inferiors, nobleness. - Benjamin Franklin

Here comes the orator with his flood of words and his drop of reason. - Benjamin Franklin

The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart. - Benjamin Franklin

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. - Benjamin Franklin

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.  - Benjamin Franklin

Time is money. - Benjamin Franklin

Does't thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. - Benjamin Franklin

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame. - Benjamin Franklin

Love your enemies, for they will tell you your faults. - Benjamin Franklin

Vessels large may venture more, But little boats should keep near shore. - Benjamin Franklin

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. {Historical Review of Pennsylvania} - Benjamin Franklin

Our Constitution is in actual operation; everything appears to promise that it will last; but in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes. {Letter to M. Leroy, 1789} - Benjamin Franklin

Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away. - Benjamin Franklin

Well done is better than well said. - Benjamin Franklin

It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright. - Benjamin Franklin

Plough deep while sluggards sleep. - Benjamin Franklin

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting for the vote. - Benjamin Franklin

Teach your child to hold his tongue; he'll learn fast enough to speak. - Benjamin Franklin

Keep conscience clear, then never fear. - Benjamin Franklin

Early to bed and early to rise, Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. - Benjamin Franklin

To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals. - Benjamin Franklin

Often I sit up in my room reading the greatest part of the night, when the book was borrowed in the evening and to be returned early in the morning, lest it should be missed or wanted. - Benjamin Franklin

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other. - Benjamin Franklin

Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead. - Benjamin Franklin

You and I were long friends: you are now my enemy, and I am yours. {Letter to William Strahan, July 5, 1775} - Benjamin Franklin

He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing. - Benjamin Franklin

God helps them that help themselves. {Maxims prefixed to Poor Richard's Almanac, 1757} - Benjamin Franklin