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Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

Lost time is never found again.

Lost time is never found again.

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. ---->>>

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. ---->>>

Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.

Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.

Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.

Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ---->>>

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.

Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.

It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.

Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.

Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.

Energy and persistence conquer all things. ---->>>

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain - and most fools do. ---->>>

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion about the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion about the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.

Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.

Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.

Well done is better than well said.

Well done is better than well said.

Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.

Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.

It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.

It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.

A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.

A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.

Honesty is the best policy. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Diligence is the mother of good luck. ---->>>

Some people die at 25 and aren't buried until 75.

Some people die at 25 and aren't buried until 75.

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. ---->>>

Marriage is the most natural state of man, and... the state in which you will find solid happiness.

Marriage is the most natural state of man, and... the state in which you will find solid happiness.

Most people return small favors, acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones - with ingratitude. ---->>>

To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions. ---->>>

Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest. ---->>>

Life's Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late. ---->>>

There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means - either may do - the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier. ---->>>

Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.

Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.

Time is money.

Time is money.

I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.

I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.

You may delay, but time will not.

You may delay, but time will not.

If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality. ---->>>

It is the eye of other people that ruin us. If I were blind I would want, neither fine clothes, fine houses or fine furniture. ---->>>

All who think cannot but see there is a sanction like that of religion which binds us in partnership in the serious work of the world.

All who think cannot but see there is a sanction like that of religion which binds us in partnership in the serious work of the world.

Rather go to bed with out dinner than to rise in debt. ---->>>

The discontented man finds no easy chair. ---->>>

The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.

The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.

There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self. ---->>>

Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days. ---->>>

One today is worth two tomorrows.

One today is worth two tomorrows.

Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead. ---->>>

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.

In my youth, I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. ---->>>

Wars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes later.

Wars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes later.

Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor. ---->>>

Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade? ---->>>

A penny saved is a penny earned.

A penny saved is a penny earned.

A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave. ---->>>

Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste. ---->>>

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.

Those who govern, having much business on their hands, do not generally like to take the trouble of considering and carrying into execution new projects. The best public measures are therefore seldom adopted from previous wisdom, but forced by the occasion.

Those who govern, having much business on their hands, do not generally like to take the trouble of considering and carrying into execution new projects. The best public measures are therefore seldom adopted from previous wisdom, but forced by the occasion.

When in doubt, don't. ---->>>

Fatigue is the best pillow. ---->>>

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. ---->>>

He that can have patience can have what he will.

He that can have patience can have what he will.

The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.

The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.

We are more thoroughly an enlightened people, with respect to our political interests, than perhaps any other under heaven. Every man among us reads, and is so easy in his circumstances as to have leisure for conversations of improvement and for acquiring information.

We are more thoroughly an enlightened people, with respect to our political interests, than perhaps any other under heaven. Every man among us reads, and is so easy in his circumstances as to have leisure for conversations of improvement and for acquiring information.

I didn't fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. ---->>>

When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration? ---->>>

There was never a good war, or a bad peace.

There was never a good war, or a bad peace.

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing. ---->>>

Human felicity is produced not as much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen as by little advantages that occur every day. ---->>>

He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.

He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.

Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it. ---->>>

The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice. ---->>>

There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous. ---->>>

Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody. ---->>>

How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.

How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing. ---->>>

Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today. ---->>>

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.

Write your injuries in dust, your benefits in marble. ---->>>

It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them. ---->>>

There are three faithful friends - an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.

There are three faithful friends - an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.

God works wonders now and then; Behold a lawyer, an honest man. ---->>>

He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals. ---->>>

Half a truth is often a great lie.

Half a truth is often a great lie.

Distrust and caution are the parents of security. ---->>>

The doors of wisdom are never shut. ---->>>

All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.

All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.

He that has done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged. ---->>>

If you would be loved, love, and be loveable. ---->>>

Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning. ---->>>

A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges. ---->>>

Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it. ---->>>

For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise. ---->>>

It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness and I pronounce it as certain that there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous. ---->>>

Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God. ---->>>

All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move. ---->>>

If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed. ---->>>

If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately. ---->>>

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

He that lives upon hope will die fasting.

He that lives upon hope will die fasting.

When you're finished changing, you're finished. ---->>>

Where liberty is, there is my country. ---->>>

At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.

At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.

And whether you're an honest man, or whether you're a thief, depends on whose solicitor has given me my brief. ---->>>

If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles. ---->>>

The worst wheel of the cart makes the most noise. ---->>>

He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stand a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure too.

He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stand a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure too.

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.

A place for everything, everything in its place.

A place for everything, everything in its place.

Beauty and folly are old companions.

Beauty and folly are old companions.

Beware the hobby that eats.

Beware the hobby that eats.

A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one. ---->>>

She laughs at everything you say. Why? Because she has fine teeth. ---->>>

Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.

Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.

God helps those who help themselves. ---->>>

Genius without education is like silver in the mine. ---->>>

A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats. ---->>>

I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things. ---->>>

I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning. ---->>>

Never confuse motion with action. ---->>>

Admiration is the daughter of ignorance. ---->>>

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.

Hunger is the best pickle. ---->>>

It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow. ---->>>

The use of money is all the advantage there is in having it. ---->>>

Necessity never made a good bargain. ---->>>

Gain may be temporary and uncertain; but ever while you live, expense is constant and certain: and it is easier to build two chimneys than to keep one in fuel. ---->>>

Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.

Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.

We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately. ---->>>

Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow. ---->>>

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins. ---->>>

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.

Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.

Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.

I guess I don't so much mind being old, as I mind being fat and old. ---->>>

Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is. ---->>>

As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence. ---->>>

To Follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.

To Follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.

I saw few die of hunger; of eating, a hundred thousand.

I saw few die of hunger; of eating, a hundred thousand.

The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason. ---->>>

Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them. ---->>>

Creditors have better memories than debtors.

Creditors have better memories than debtors.

Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain the lazy one never. ---->>>

It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth. ---->>>

There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government. ---->>>

You can bear your own faults, and why not a fault in your wife? ---->>>

If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher's stone. ---->>>

Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five. ---->>>

He that speaks much, is much mistaken. ---->>>

He that won't be counseled can't be helped. ---->>>

He that displays too often his wife and his wallet is in danger of having both of them borrowed. ---->>>

Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.

Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.

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

If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him. ---->>>

He that rises late must trot all day. ---->>>

Games lubricate the body and the mind. ---->>>

Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion. ---->>>

If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some. ---->>>

Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good. ---->>>

Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it. ---->>>

Eat to please thyself, but dress to please others. ---->>>

The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse. ---->>>

In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.

In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.

When men and woman die, as poets sung, his heart's the last part moves, her last, the tongue.

When men and woman die, as poets sung, his heart's the last part moves, her last, the tongue.

Never take a wife till thou hast a house (and a fire) to put her in. ---->>>

To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals. ---->>>

Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble. ---->>>

Applause waits on success. ---->>>

He does not possess wealth; it possesses him. ---->>>

Who had deceived thee so often as thyself? ---->>>

No nation was ever ruined by trade. ---->>>

Those that won't be counseled can't be helped. ---->>>

The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands. ---->>>

If you desire many things, many things will seem few. ---->>>

Remember that credit is money. ---->>>

Hear reason, or she'll make you feel her. ---->>>

He that's secure is not safe. ---->>>

Many foxes grow gray but few grow good. ---->>>

In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it.

In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it.

Since thou are not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour. ---->>>

Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease. ---->>>

When befriended, remember it; when you befriend, forget it. ---->>>

Our necessities never equal our wants. ---->>>

Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to gain leisure. ---->>>

The art of acting consists in keeping people from coughing. ---->>>

Buy what thou hast no need of and ere long thou shalt sell thy necessities. ---->>>

If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself. ---->>>

He that composes himself is wiser than he that composes a book. ---->>>

Where sense is wanting, everything is wanting. ---->>>

Nine men in ten are would be suicides. ---->>>

The first mistake in public business is the going into it. ---->>>

Mine is better than ours. ---->>>

Those have a short Lent who owe money to be paid at Easter.

Those have a short Lent who owe money to be paid at Easter.

I should have no objection to go over the same life from its beginning to the end: requesting only the advantage authors have, of correcting in a second edition the faults of the first. ---->>>

Those disputing, contradicting, and confuting people are generally unfortunate in their affairs. They get victory, sometimes, but they never get good will, which would be of more use to them. ---->>>

Tomorrow, every Fault is to be amended; but that Tomorrow never comes. ---->>>

Observe all men, thyself most. ---->>>

He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner. ---->>>

Industry need not wish. ---->>>

A child thinks 20 shillings and 20 years can scarce ever be spent. ---->>>

An egg today is better than a hen to-morrow. ---->>>

Blessed is he that expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. ---->>>

Danger is sauce for prayers. ---->>>

Don't throw stones at your neighbors if your own windows are glass. ---->>>

Half the truth is often a great lie. ---->>>

He that sows thorns should never go barefoot. ---->>>

I have no private interest in the reception of my inventions by the world, having never made, nor proposed to make, the least profit by any of them. ---->>>

In reality, there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. ---->>>

Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time. ---->>>

So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for every thing one has a mind to do. ---->>>

There cannot be a stronger natural right than that of a man's making the best profit he can of the natural produce of his lands. ---->>>

From a child I was fond of reading, and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid out in books. Pleased with the 'Pilgrim's Progress,' my first collection was of John Bunyan's works in separate little volumes.

From a child I was fond of reading, and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid out in books. Pleased with the 'Pilgrim's Progress,' my first collection was of John Bunyan's works in separate little volumes.

God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: 'This is my country.'

God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: 'This is my country.'

I have never entered into any controversy in defense of my philosophical opinions; I leave them to take their chance in the world. If they are right, truth and experience will support them; if wrong, they ought to be refuted and rejected. Disputes are apt to sour one's temper and disturb one's quiet. ---->>>

In 1732 I first publish'd my 'Almanack' under the name of Richard Saunders; it was continu'd by me about twenty-five years, commonly call'd 'Poor Richard's Almanack.' I endeavour'd to make it both entertaining and useful, and it accordingly came to be in such demand that I reap'd considerable profit from it, vending annually near ten thousand. ---->>>

My elder brothers were all put apprentices to different trades. I was put to the grammar-school at eight years of age, my father intending to devote me, as the tithe of his sons, to the service of the Church. ---->>>

Where there is a free government, and the people make their own laws by their representatives, I see no injustice in their obliging one another to take their own paper money. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: January 17, 1706
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Die: April 17, 1790
Occupation: Politician
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Benjamin Franklin FRS, FRSE (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a renowned polymath and a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat (wikipedia)