This is a compilation of thoughts and quotes that I have found or written recently, as well as many that I've collected throughout the years. Most thoughts are posted randomly, as I feel inspired. A listing of quotes can be found alphabetically (check the 2008 and 2009 archives listing), or by source.

Feel free to suggest additions!

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

1. A good conscience is a continual Christmas.

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

3. A penny saved is a penny earned.

4. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

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

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

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

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

9. By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

10. Diligence is the mother of good luck.

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

12. Energy and persistence conquer all things.

13. God helps those who help themselves.

14. Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.

15. He that can have patience can have what he will.

16. He that composes himself is wiser than he that composes a book.

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

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

19. Honesty is the best policy.

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

21. 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.

22. If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.

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

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

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

26. Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to eat for dinner. Liberty is a well armed sheep.

27. It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness...there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.

28. It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.

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

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

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

32. Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.

33. One today is worth two tomorrows.

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

35. Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.

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

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

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

39. 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.

40. When you're finished changing, you're finished.

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

42. Write your injuries in dust, your benefits in marble.

See also: Benjamin Frankilin and the Thirteen Virtues

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