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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
American philosopher and statesman
(1706 - 1790)
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There was never yet a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.
      - [Greatness]

They that are on their guard and appear ready to receive their adversaries, are in much less danger of being attacked than the supine, secure and negligent.
      - [Vigilance]

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
      - [Liberty]

Those things that hurt, instruct.
      - [Learning]

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
      - motto to Historical Review of Pennsylvania
        [Liberty : Mottoes]

Time is an herb that cures all diseases.
      - [Time]

To be thrown on one's own resources is to be cast on the very lap of fortune; for our faculties undergo a development, and display an energy, of which they were previously unsusceptible.
      - [Fortune]

To bear other people's afflictions, everyone has courage and enough to spare.
      - [Courage]

To find out a girl's faults, praise her to her girl friends.
      - [Women]

To the discontented man no chair is easy.
      - [Discontent]

To the generous mind the heaviest debt is that of gratitude, when it is not in our power to repay it.
      - [Debt]

To whom you betray your secret you sell your liberty.
      - [Secrecy]

Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools that have not wit enough to be honest.
      - [Fools]

Trouble knocked on the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.
      - [Trouble]

Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease.
      - [Idleness]

Up, sluggard, and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough.
      - [Life]

Vessels large may venture more,
  But little boats should keep near shore.
      - [Caution]

Vice knows she's ugly, so puts on her mask.
      - [Vice]

Vicious actions are not hurtful because they are forbidden, but forbidden because they are hurtful.
      - [Vice]

Virtue alone is sufficient to make a man great, glorious, and happy.
      - [Virtue]

Visit your Aunt, but not every Day; and call at your Brother's, but not every night.
      - [Aunts : Brothers]

We are more heavily taxed by our idleness, pride and folly than we are taxed by government.
      - [Government]

We must all hang together or assuredly we shall all hang separately.
      - to John Hancock at the signing of the Declaration of Independence
        [Unity]

Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it.
      - [Riches]

Well done is better than well said.
      - [Deeds]


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