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What can laws do without morals?
Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
Where liberty dwells, there is my country.
Who has deceived thee so often as thyself?
Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.
Words may show a man's wit, but actions his meaning.
You may delay, but time will not.
Notwithstanding my experiments with electricity the thunderbolt continues to fall under our noses and beards; and as for the tyrant, there are a million of us still engaged at snatching away his sceptre.
- Comment on Turgot's inscription,
in a letter to Felix Nogaret
The body of Benjamin Franklin, Printer (Like the cover of an old book, its contents torn out and stript of its lettering and gilding), Lies here, food for worms; But the work shall not be lost, for it will (as he believed) appear once more in a new and more elegant edition, revised and corrected by the author.
- Epitaph on Himself [Epitaphs]
A dying man can do nothing easy.
- Last Words [Death]
But in this world nothing is sure but death and taxes.
[Fr., Mais dons ce monde, il n'y a rien d'assure que le mort et les impots.]
- Letter to M. Leroy [World]
There never was a good war or a bad peace.
- Letter to Quincy [War]
Here you would know, and enjoy, what prosperity will way of Washington. For a thousand leagues have nearly the same effect with a thousand years.
- Letter to Washington [Washington, George]
You and I were long friends; you are now my enemy, and I am yours.
- Letter to William Strahan [Enemies]
Were the offer made true, I would engage to run again, from beginning to end, the same career of life. All I would ask should be the privilege of an author, to correct, in a second edition, certain errors of the first.
- Life [Life]
A penny saved is two pence clear,
A pin a day's a groat a year.
- Necessary Hints to those that would be Rich
The pen is mightier than the sword.
- Oration [Pen : Proverbs]
An undutiful Daughter will prove an unmanageable Wife.
- Poor Richard [Wives]
Are women books? says Hodge, then would mine were
An Almanack, to change her every year.
- Poor Richard [Women]
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
- Poor Richard [Life]
Fools make feasts, and wise men eat them.
- Poor Richard [Eating : Proverbs]
Glass, China, and Reputation, are easily crack'd and never well mended.
- Poor Richard [Proverbs]
Great Estates may venture more. Little Boats must keep near Shore.
- Poor Richard [Prudence]
If a man could half his wishes he would double his Troubles.
- Poor Richard [Wishes]
If you would be loved, love and be lovable.
- Poor Richard [Love]
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