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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
American philosopher and statesman
(1706 - 1790)
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In humility imitate Jesus and Socrates.
      - [Humility]

In reality, there is perhaps no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, stifle it, mortify it as much as you please, it is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself.
      - [Pride]

In rivers and bad governments, the lightest things swim at the top.
      - [Government]

In success be moderate.
      - [Success]

Industry need not wish.
      - [Industry]

Industry pays debts, while despair increaseth them.
      - [Debt]

Industry, perseverance and frugality make fortune yield.
      - [Fortune]

Infinite in degree, and endless in duration.
      - [Heaven]

It is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.
      - [Desire]

It is easy to see, hard to foresee.
      - [Future]

It is foolish to lay out money in the purchase of repentance.
      - [Repentance]

It is very beautiful over there.
      - [Last Words]

Justice is as strictly due between neighbor nations as between between neighbor citizens. A highwayman is as much a robber when he plunders in a gang, as when single; and a nation that makes an unjust war is only a great gang.
      - [Justice]

Keep flax from fire, youth from gaming.
      - [Gambling]

Kill no more pigeons than you can eat.
      - [Greed]

Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.
      - [Laziness]

Leisure is time for doing something useful; this leisure the diligent man will obtain, but the lazy man never.
      - [Leisure]

Let honesty and industry be thy constant companions, and spend one penny less than thy clear gains; then shall thy pocket begin to thrive; creditors will not insult, nor want oppress, nor hungerness bite, nor nakedness freeze thee.
      - [Spending]

Let honesty be as the breath of thy soul, and never forget to have a penny, when all thy expenses are enumerated and paid: then shalt thou reach the point of happiness and independence shall be thy shield and buckler, thy helmet and crown; then shall thy soul walk upright nor stoop to the silken wretch because he hath riches, nor pocket an abuse because the hand which offers it wears a ring set with diamonds.
      - [Honesty]

Let the child's first lesson be obedience, and the second will be what thou wilt.
      - [Obedience]

Let the world have their May games, wakes, and whatever sports and recreations please them, provided they be followed with discretion.(Burton, Robert} Games lubricate the body and the mind.
      - [Gardens]

Let thy child's first lesson be obedience, and the second will be what thou wilt.
      - [Obedience]

Let thy discontents be thy secrets.
      - [Secrecy]

Let thy vices die before thee.
      - [Vice]

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


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