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Famous Benjamin Franklin Quotes

Listed in: Inspirational Quotes

On Kindness:

He that has done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.

On Life:

Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.

A long life may not be good enough, but a good life is long enough.

Life is rather a state of embryo, a preparation for life A man is not completely born till he has passed through death.

On Success:

Success has ruind many a man.

Would you live with ease, do what you should, and not what you please. Success has ruined many a man.

On Honesty:

Honesty is the best policy.

On Courage:

Without justice, courage is weak.

On Knowledge:

To be proud of knowledge is to be blind with light.

Furnished as all Europe now is with Academies of Science, with nice instruments and the spirit of experiment, the progress of human knowledge will be rapid and discoveries made of which we have at present no conception. I begin to be almost sorry I was born so soon, since I cannot have the happiness of knowing what will be known a hundred years hence.

On God:

God will certainly reward virtue and punish vice, either here or hereafter.

The most acceptable service of God is doing good to man.

When a religion is good, I conceive that it will support, itself and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it, so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, ’tis a sign, I apprehend, of its

Serving God is doing good to man, but praying is thought an easier service and therefore more generally chosen.

Keep thou from the Opportunity, and God will keep thee from the Sin.

On Religion:

When a religion is good, I conceive that it will support, itself and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it, so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, ’tis a sign, I apprehend, of its

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.

On Christianity:

He who shall introduce into public affairs the principle of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world.

On Praying:

Serving God is doing good to man, but praying is thought an easier service and therefore more generally chosen.