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  • Each year, one vicious habit rooted in time ought to make the worst man good.
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness and I pronounce it as certain that there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • To bear other people's afflictions, everyone has courage and enough to spare.
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • A soft Tongue may strike hard.
    (Benjamin Franklin)


  • Pollio, who values nothing that's within, Buys books as men hunt Beavers, -- for their Skin.
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • Keep out of the Sight of Feasts and Banquets as much as may be for 'tis more difficult to refrain good Cheer, when it's present, than from the Desire of it when it is away the like you may observe in the Objects of all the other Senses.
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • He that buys upon Credit, pays Interest for what he buys.
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • Gain may be temporary and uncertain; but ever while you live, expense is constant and certain: and it is easier to build two chimneys than to keep one in fuel.
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • It is remarkable that soldiers by profession, men truly and unquestionably brave, seldom advise war but in cases of extreme necessity.
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • Righteousness, or justice, is, undoubtedly of all the virtues, the surest foundation on which to create and establish a new state. But there are two nobler virtues, industry and frugality, which tend more to increase the wealth, power and grandeur of the community, than all the others without them.
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • Eat to please thyself, but dress to please others.
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.
    (Benjamin Franklin)

  • Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.
    (Benjamin Franklin)


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