96 Benjamin Franklin Quotes on Life, success, education, time & death

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Benjamin Franklin was an American writer, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, printer, publisher, and political philosopher.

Franklin was one of the leading intellectuals of his time and is considered one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. He helped draft the Declaration of Independence and was one of its signers, represented the United States in France during the American Revolution, and was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention.

Benjamin Franklin was born as the 10th son of 17 children to his parents. He learned to read very early and spent one year in grammar school and another under a private teacher, but his formal education ended at age 10.

Benjamin Franklin made important scientific contributions regarding the nature of electricity. Among his conclusions was the fact that positive and negative charge, or the state of electrification, of bodies, must be in exactly equal amounts—an important scientific principle known today as the law of conservation of charge.

Here are some motivational Benjamin Franklin Quotes on freedom, life, success, reading, education, death, and time that will help you to find some motivation to apply in your life.

Famous Benjamin Franklin Quotes

1. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

2. “Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.” ― Benjamin Franklin

3. “He that can have patience can have what he will.” ― Benjamin Franklin

4. “A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned” ― Benjamin Franklin

5. “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” ― Benjamin Franklin

6. “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” ― Benjamin Franklin

7. “I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” ― Benjamin Franklin

8. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin

9. “Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

10. “Well done is better than well said.” ― Benjamin Franklin

11. “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.” ― Benjamin Franklin

12. “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” ― Benjamin Franklin

13. “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” ― Benjamin Franklin

14. “Never confuse Motion with Action.” ― Benjamin Franklin

15. “Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.” ― Benjamin Franklin

16. “Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” ― Benjamin Franklin

17. “Tomorrow, every Fault is to be amended; but that Tomorrow never comes.” ― Benjamin Franklin

18. “The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.” ― Benjamin Franklin

Inspirational Benjamin Franklin Quotes

19. “There was never a bad peace or a good war.” ― Ben Franklin

20. “Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.” ― Benjamin Franklin

21. “Love your enemies, for they tell you your Faults.” ― Benjamin Franklin

22. “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” ― Benjamin Franklin

23. “Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.” ― Benjamin Franklin

24. “If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.” ― Benjamin Franklin

25. “While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.” ― Benjamin Franklin

26. “Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today.” ― Benjamin Franklin

27. “A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.” ― Benjamin Franklin

28. “Contentment makes poor men rich, Discontent makes rich men poor.” ― Benjamin Franklin

29. “All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.” ― Benjamin Franklin

30. “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.” ― Benjamin Franklin

31. “The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance.” ― Benjamin Franklin

32. “It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” ― Benjamin Franklin

Motivational Quotes by Benjamin Franklin

33. “To be humble to superiors is a duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.” ― Benjamin Franklin

34. “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” ― Benjamin Franklin

35. “A Brother may not be a Friend, but a Friend will always be a Brother.” ― Benjamin Franklin

36. “Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.” ― Benjamin Franklin

37. “For the best return on your money, pour your purse into your head.” ― Benjamin Franklin

38. “Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools that don’t have brains enough, to be honest.” ― Benjamin Franklin

39. “A good example is the best sermon.” ― Benjamin Franklin

40. “One today is worth two tomorrows.” ― Benjamin Franklin

41. “For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” ― Benjamin Franklin

42. “To cease to think creatively is to cease to live” ― Benjamin Franklin

43. “A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines.” ― Benjamin Franklin

44. “If Passion drives, let Reason hold the Reins.” ― Benjamin Franklin

45. Thinking aloud is a habit which is responsible for most of mankind’s misery.” ― Benjamin Franklin

46. “I will speak ill of no man and speak all the good I know of everybody.” ― Benjamin Franklin

47. “Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other, and scarce in that.” ― Benjamin Franklin

Best Benjamin Franklin Quotes

48. “Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.” ― Benjamin Franklin

49. “Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.” ― Benjamin Franklin

50. “If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.” ― Benjamin Franklin

51. “Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes” ― Benjamin Franklin

52. “A place for everything, everything in its place”.” ― Benjamin Franklin

53. “There are two ways to increase your wealth. Increase your means or decrease your wants. The best is to do both at the same time.” ― Benjamin Franklin

54. “A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.” ― Benjamin Franklin

55. “To be proud of virtue, is to poison yourself with the Antidote.” ― Benjamin Franklin

56. “Vicious actions are not hurtful because they are forbidden, but forbidden because they are hurtful.” ― Benjamin Franklin

57. “To follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.” ― Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin success quotes

58. “Work as if you were to live a thousand years, play as if you were to die tomorrow.” ― Ben Franklin

59. “He who can have patience can have what he will.” ― Benjamin Franklin

60. “Words may show a man’s wit, actions his meaning.” ― Benjamin Franklin

61. “You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.” ― Benjamin Franklin

62. “There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.” ― Benjamin Franklin

63. “You can do anything you set your mind to” ― Benjamin Franklin

64. “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” ― Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin Quotes on freedom

65. “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ― Benjamin Franklin

66. “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ― Benjamin Franklin

67. “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” ― Benjamin Franklin

68. “Without Freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.” ― Benjamin Franklin

69. “Only virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” ― Benjamin Franklin

70. “If you give up your freedom for safety, you don’t deserve either one.” ― Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin Quotes on life

71. “Many people die at twenty-five and aren’t buried until they are seventy-five.” ― Benjamin Franklin

72. “Never ruin an apology with an excuse.” ― Benjamin Franklin

73. “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.” ― Benjamin Franklin

74. “Life’s biggest tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late” ― Benjamin Franklin

75. “We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing!” ― Benjamin Franklin

76. “Eat to live, don’t live to eat.” ― Benjamin Franklin

77. “Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure when he is really selling himself to it.” ― Benjamin Franklin

78. “Happiness consists more in the small conveniences of pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life.” ― Benjamin Franklin

79. “Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one” ― Benjamin Franklin

80. “To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.” ― Benjamin Franklin

81. “You only have the right to pursue happiness; you have to catch it yourself.” ― Benjamin Franklin

82. “Critics are our friends, they show us our faults.” ― Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin Quotes on reading

83. “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” ― Benjamin Franklin

84. “If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.” ― Benjamin Franklin

85. “The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn’t know how to read.” ― Benjamin Franklin

86. “If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.” ― Benjamin Franklin

87. “Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.” ― Benjamin Franklin

88. “No one cares what you know until they know that you care!” ― Benjamin Franklin

89. “Reading was the only amusement I allowed myself” ― Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin Quotes on education

90. “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” ― Benjamin Franklin

91. “When you are finished changing, you’re finished.” ― Benjamin Franklin

92. “Genius without education is like silver in the mine.” ― Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin Quotes on death

93. “Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal.” ― Benjamin Franklin

94. “Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.” ― Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin Quotes on time

95. “You may delay, but time will not.” ― Benjamin Franklin

96. “Lost Time is never found again.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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