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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
American philosopher and statesman
(1706 - 1790)
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What can laws do without morals?
      - [Morality]

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
      - [Anger]

Where liberty dwells, there is my country.
      - [Liberty]

Who has deceived thee so often as thyself?
      - [Self-deceit]

Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.
      - [Wealth]

Words may show a man's wit, but actions his meaning.
      - [Words]

You may delay, but time will not.
      - [Procrastination]

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
        [Electricity]

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
        [Economy]

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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