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Benjamin Franklin Quotes on Democracy, Education, Success and Diplomacy

“ Who is strong? He that can conquer his bad habits. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ I am a mortal enemy to arbitrary government and unlimited power. I am naturally very jealous for the rights and liberties of my country, and the least encroachment of those invaluable privileges is apt to make my blood boil. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Most men die from the neck up at age twenty-five because they stop dreaming. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ When you are good to others, you are best to yourself. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Most men die at 25, we just don’t bury them until they are 70. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ 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

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

“ He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ 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. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Little minds think and talk about people. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ The height of foolishness is to discard an opportunity without full investigation ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ To cease to think creatively is to cease to live ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor liberty to purchase power. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Out of adversity comes opportunity. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ This [the U.S. Constitution] is likely to be administered for a course of years and then end in despotism… when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ A lie stands on one leg, truth on two. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ If you want a thing done – go. If not – send. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Great minds think and talk about ideas. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Silence – Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ A good spouse and health is a person’s best wealth. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Repeal that [welfare] law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. … Six days shalt thou labor, though one of the old commandments long treated as out of date, will again be looked upon as a respectable precept; industry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among them. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ In these sentiments, sir, I agree to this Constitution, with all its faults, if they are such; because I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no form of government, but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered; and believe further, that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Lost time is never found again. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ 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

“ Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

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

“ sir John Barnard, Benjamin Franklin (1848). “A present for an apprentice [by sir J. Barnard]. To which is added, Franklin’s Way to wealth. [Ed.] by a citizen of London [T. Tegg].”, p.288 ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Take a coin from your purse and invest it in your mind. It will come pouring out of your mind and overflow your purse. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Those who beat their swords into plowshares usually end up plowing for those who kept their swords. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Andrew M. Allison, Willard Cleon Skousen, M. Richard Maxfield, Benjamin Franklin (1982). “The Real Benjamin Franklin” ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ People are best convinced by things they themselves discover. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ whatever you become be good at it ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ I never knew a man who was good at making excuses who was good at anything else. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ The doors of wisdom are never shut. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Rather go to bed with out dinner than to rise in debt. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth. The first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbors. This is robbery. The second by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as a reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Life’s Tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Every pot must sit on its own bottom. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Average minds think and talk about things and actions. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ 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. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ In the dark, all cats are grey. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ The man who does things makes mistakes, but he doesn’t make the biggest mistake of all-doing nothing. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Helping Others, World, May ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ By improving yourself, the world is made better. Be not afraid of growing too slowly. Be afraid only of standing still. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Tyrants, Conservative, Rebellion ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Doing your best means never stop trying. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Great beauty, great strength, and great riches are really and truly of no great use; a right heart exceeds all ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Men, Self Observation, Poor Richard ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows nor judge all he sees. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ Clean your finger before you point at my spots. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Fart for freedom, fart for liberty—and fart proudly. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Beware of the young doctor and the old barber. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Change is the only constant in life. Ones ability to adapt to those changes will determine your success in life. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ He that learns from everyone. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Where liberty dwells there is my country. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ There are three sorts of people in the world: Those who are immovable, people who don’t get it, or don’t want to do anything about it; there are people who are movable, people who see the need for change and are prepared to listen to it; and there are people who move, people who make things happen. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

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

“ Keep conscience clear, then never fear. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ 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. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ If you want to make a friend, let someone do you a favor. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ Plough deep while sluggards sleep. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ When you’re down to nothing, God is up to something. The faithful see the invisible, believe the incredible and then receive the impossible. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech; which is the right of every man as far as by it he does not hurt or control the right of another; and this is the only check it ought to suffer and the only bounds it ought to know…. Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freedom of speech, a thing terrible to traitors. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ To err is human, to repent divine; to persist devilish. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail! ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ If better is possible, good is not enough ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ I fear the man who drinks water and so remembers this morning what the rest of us said last night ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ An education is the investment with the greatest returns. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

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

“ Your argument is sound, nothing but sound. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Time is money’… Waste it now. Pay for it later! ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ If you watch your pennies, the pounds will take care of themselves. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ He’s a fool who cannot conceal his wisdom. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ 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. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Great hopes make everything great possible ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ The man that walks wit crowd, will get no farther than the crowd. The man that walks alone, will reach places unknown. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ That which hurts, also instructs. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Let each new year find you a better person. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ The cat in gloves catches no mice. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ genius of their people. The ordaining of laws in favor of one ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ My refusing to eat meat occasioned inconveniency, and I have been frequently chided for my singularity. But my light repast allows for greater progress, for greater clearness of head and quicker comprehension. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Among the numerous luxuries of the table…coffee may be considered as one of the most valuable. It excites cheerfulness without intoxication; and the pleasing flow of spirits which it occasions…is never followed by sadness, languor or debility. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ Money makes money. And the money that makes money makes more money. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. When it comes to investing, nothing will pay off more than educating yourself. Do the necessary research, study and analysis before making any investment decisions. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ You must always be prepared. Make sure to look at things from all angles. If you are not prepared you will fail. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Speak little, do much. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Take the money in your wallet and invest it in your mind. And in return, your mind will fill up your wallet! ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ He that cannot obey, cannot command. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ If you do tomorrow what you did today , you will get tomorrow what you got today ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Make yourself sheep and the wolves will eat you. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ Observe all men, thyself most. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ A long life may not be good enough, but a good life is long enough. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Eat to live, not live to eat. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Words may show a man’s wit but actions his meaning. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Fear God, and your enemies will fear you. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Here is my Creed. I believe in one God, creator of the Universe. That he governs it by his Providence. That he ought to be worshiped. That the most acceptable service we render him is doing good to his other children. That the soul of Man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Be cheerful — the problems that worry us most are those that never arrive. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Sin is not hurtful because it is forbidden, ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ To find out a girl’s faults, praise her to her girlfriends. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ He that displays too often his wife and his wallet is in danger of having both of them borrowed. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ The U. S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Success is the residue of planning. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Industry pays debts, while despair increases them. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Richard Jackson, Benjamin Franklin (1759). “An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pennsylvania: From Its Origin, So Far as Regards the Several Points of Controversy, which Have, from Time to Time, Arisen Between the Several Governors of that Province, and Their Several Assemblies : Founded on Authentic Documents”, p.7 ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ 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 ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Beer is proof that God wants us to be happy ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Funny, Good Morning, Have A Good Day ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ Genius is the ability to hold one’s vision steady until it becomes reality ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ If you want something done, ask a busy person. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Leisure is the time for doing something useful. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Andrew M. Allison, Willard Cleon Skousen, M. Richard Maxfield, Benjamin Franklin (1982). “The Real Benjamin Franklin” ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Everybody’s human-everybody makes mistakes. If you laugh it off and keep going and try to give it your best the next time around, people respect that. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharoah – get first all the people’s money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants forever. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Never ruin an apology with an excuse. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ you can do anything you set your mind to ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins. Republics and limited monarchies derive their strength and vigor from a popular examination into the action of the magistrates. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ The best tranquilizer is a clear conscience. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ The best of all medicines is resting and fasting ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ A people who chose security over liberty will receive neither nor deserve either. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ War is when the government tells you who the bad guy is. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ The world is run by the people who show up. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Half the truth is often a great lie. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ He’s the best physician that knows the worthlessness of most medicines. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ When you’re finished changing, you’re finished. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Marriage is the most natural state of man, and therefore the state in which one is most likely to find solid happiness. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ How do you become better tomorrow? By improving yourself, the world is made better. Be not afraid of growing too slowly. Be afraid of standing still. Forget your mistakes, but remember what they taught you. So how do you become better tomorrow? By becoming better today. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Revolution is when you decide that for yourself. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ God heals, and the doctor takes the fees. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Lose no time; be always employed in something useful. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ The way to wealth depends on just two words, industry and frugality. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ A man must have a good deal of vanity who believes, and a good deal of boldness who affirms, that all the doctrines he holds are true, and all he rejects are false. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Those who laugh often never grow old. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ 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. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ The problem with doing nothing is not knowing when you’re finished. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all others, charity. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Time is an herb that cures all Diseases. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ In 1736 I lost one of my sons, a fine boy of four years old, by the small-pox, taken in the common way. I long regretted bitterly, and still regret that I had not given it to him by inoculation. This I mention for the sake of parents who omit that operation, on the supposition that they should never forgive themselves if a child died under it; my example showing that the regret may be the same either way, and that, therefore, the safer should be chosen. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Security without liberty is called prison. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Women are books, and men the readers be. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ The discontented man finds no easy chair. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ You can’t tell anyone anything. You have to teach people for them to remember. Let the person experience what you are teaching and they will learn. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ He that composes himself is wiser than he that composes a book. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Don’t judge men’s wealth or godliness by their Sunday appearance. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Common sense without education, is better than education without common sense. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ There are many roads to success, but only one sure road to failure; and that is to try to please everyone else. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Eat what you like, but dress for other people. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ We constantly change the world, even by our inaction. Therefore, let us change it responsibly. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ The best doctor gives the least medicines. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Let the child’s first lesson be obedience, and the second will be what thou wilt. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Thirteen virtues necessary for true success: temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity, and humility. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned. Be industrious and frugal, and you will be rich. Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ One day is worth a thousand tomorrows. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ He that best understands the world, least likes it ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ All highly competent people continually search for ways to keep learning, growing, and improving. They do that by asking WHY. After all, the person who knows HOW will always have a job, but the person who knows WHY will always be the boss. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ The tongue offends and the ears get the cuffing ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Little leaks sink the ship. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ The way to secure peace is to be prepared for war. They that are on their guard, and appear ready to receive their adversaries, are in much less danger of being attacked, than the supine, secure, and negligent. ”- Benjamin Franklin

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

“ The noblest question in the world is: ‘What good may I do in it?’ ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. … These measures never fail to create great and violent jealousies and animosities between the people favored and the people oppressed; whence a total separation of affections, interests, political obligations, and all manner of connections, by which the whole state is weakened. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ We should make the poor uncomfortable and kick them out of poverty. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Diligence is the mother of good luck. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ It is very hard to dislike someone you have helped ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ God helps them that help themselves. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life, I absenteed myself from Christian assemblies. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ The rapid progress of the sciences makes me sorry, at times, that I was born so soon. Imagine the power that man will have over matter, a few hundred years from now. We may learn how to remove gravity from large masses, and float them over great distances. Agriculture will double its produce with less labor. All diseases will surely be cured… even old age. If only the moral sciences could be improved as well. Perhaps men would cease to be wolves to one another… and human beings could learn to be human. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that “except the Lord build they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ 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

“ A good conscience is a continual Christmas. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ History affords us many instances of the ruin of states, ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts! ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Outside Independence Hall when the Constitutional Convention of 1787 ended, Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.” ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ In free governments the rulers are the servants, and the people their superiors and sovereigns. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have either one. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ A wise man will desire no more than what he may get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and leave contently. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Freedom of speech is the great bulwark of liberty; they prosper and die together: And it is the terror of traitors and oppressors, and a barrier against them. It produces excellent writers, and encourages men of fine genius. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Two passions have powerful influence on the affairs of men: the love of power and the love of money. ”- Benjamin Franklin

“ Common sense is something that everyone needs, few have, and none think they lack. ”- Benjamin Franklin