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  • Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • Lovers, Travellers, and Poets, will give money to be heard
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • The discontented man finds no easy chair.
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • He that displays too often his wife and his wallet is in danger of having both of them borrowed.
    (Benjamin Franklin)


  • Lend money to an enemy, and thou will gain him, to a friend and thou will lose him.
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • Diligence is the mother of good luck, and God gives all things to industry.
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • A little neglect may breed great 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)

  • As to Jesus of Nazareth, my Opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the System of Morals and his Religion, as he left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see but I apprehend it has received various corrupt changes, and I have, with most of the present Dissenters in England, some Doubts as to his divinity tho' it is a question I do not dogmatize upon, having never studied it, and I think it needless to busy myself with it now, when I expect soon an Opportunity of knowing the Truth with less Trouble.
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • To be proud of virtue is to poison oneself with the antidote.
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • When in doubt, don't.
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country he is a bird of bad immoral character like those among men who live by sharping and robbing, he is generally poor, and often very lousy. The turkey is a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America.
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • What signifies knowing the names, if you know not the nature of things.
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • Truth and sincerity have a certain distinguishing native lustre about them which cannot be perfectly counterfeited they are like fire and flame, that cannot be painted.
    (Benjamin Franklin)


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