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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
American philosopher and statesman
(1706 - 1790)
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Pride is as loud a beggar as want, and a great deal more saucy. When you have bought one fine thing, you must buy ten more, that your appearance may be all of a piece; but it is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.
      - [Pride]

Pride that dines on vanity, sups on contempt.
      - [Pride]

Rather go to bed supperless than rise in debt.
      - [Debt]

Reckless haste makes poor speed.
      - [Rashness]

Reckless youth makes rueful age.
      - [Youth]

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
      - [Right]

Remember that credit is money.
      - [Credit]

Remember this: they that will not be counselled cannot be helped. If you do not hear Reason, she will rap your knuckles.
      - [Advice]

Revelation, indeed, as such had no influence on my mind.
      - [Revelation]

Rich widows are the only secondhand goods that sell at first-class prices.
      - [Widows]

Savages we call them because their manners differ from ours.
      - [Savages]

Scarcely have I ever heard or read the introductory phrase, "I may say without vanity," but some striking and characteristic instance of vanity has immediately followed.
      - [Vanity]

Search others for their virtues, thy self for thy vices.
      - [Virtue]

Sin is not hurtful because it is forbidden, but it is forbidden because it is hurtful.
      - [Sin]

Since I cannot govern my own tongue, though within my own teeth, how can I hope to govern the tongue of others?
      - [Tongue]

Singularity in the right hath ruined many happy those who are convinced of the general opinion.
      - [Conformity]

Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all easy; and he that riseth late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night; while laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.
      - [Idleness]

Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the used key is always bright.
      - [Laziness]

Some of the domestic evils of drunkenness are houses without windows, gardens without fences, fields without tillage, barns without roofs, children without clothing, principles, morals or manners.
      - [Drunkenness]

Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody.
      - [Speech]

Stand firm, don't flutter!
      - [Fickleness]

Strict punctuality is a cheap virtue.
      - [Punctuality]

Take care of the halfpence and pence, and the shillings and pounds will take care of themselves.
      - [Proverbs]

Tart words make no friends; a spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.
      - [Words]

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
      - [Learning]


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