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125 Best Benjamin Franklin Quotes Of All Time

Benjamin Franklin

Here we’ve compiled a list of the best 125 Benjamin Franklin quotes about freedom, liberty, education, learning, time, and democracy.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790) has a leading place in American history. He is considered one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and was the first United States Postmaster General. There are no two opinions that he was the intellectual personality and owner of multiple skills. Franklin was prominently a writer, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, printer, publisher, and political philosopher.

He is best known for his work as a scientist for his theories and discoveries in electricity. His major inventions included the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, and various other gadgets. Moreover, Benjamin was the founder of various civic organizations; the leading names are Library Company, Philadelphia’s first fire department, and the University of Pennsylvania. Now let’s explore these 125 best and famous quotes of Benjamin Franklin.

Best Quotes of Benjamin Franklin

  1. “Well done is better than well said.” — Benjamin Franklin
  2. “Diligence is the mother of good luck.” — Benjamin Franklin
  3. “Love your enemies, for they tell you your Faults.” — Benjamin Franklin
  4. “No gains without pains.” — Benjamin Franklin
  5. “There was never a bad peace or a good war.” — Benjamin Franklin
  6. “Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.” — Benjamin Franklin
  7. “The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.” — Benjamin Franklin
  8. “Silence is not always a sign of wisdom, but babbling is ever a mark of folly.” — Benjamin Franklin
  9. “If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.” — Benjamin Franklin
  10. “I didn’t fail the test; I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” — Benjamin Franklin
  11. “If you want something done, ask a busy person.” — Benjamin Franklin
  12. “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
  13. “While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.” — Benjamin Franklin
  14. “Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” — Benjamin Franklin
  15. “When you’re testing to see how deep water is, never use two feet.” — Benjamin Franklin
  16. “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” — Benjamin Franklin
  17.  “If better is possible, good is not enough.” — Benjamin Franklin
  18. “I am what I am, and that’s all that I am, and if I’m supposed to be somebody else, why do I look like me?” — Benjamin Franklin
  19.  “Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.” — Benjamin Franklin
  20. “Diligence overcomes difficulties; sloth makes them.” — Benjamin Franklin
  21.  “Dost, thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.” — Benjamin Franklin
  22. “Do well by doing good.” — Benjamin Franklin
  23. “A friend in need is a friend indeed!” — Benjamin Franklin
  24. “Happiness consists more in small conveniences or 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
  25. “Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.” — Benjamin Franklin
  26. “Many people die at twenty-five and aren’t buried until they are seventy-five.” — Benjamin Franklin
  27.  “Keep your eyes wide open before marriage; half shut afterward.” — Benjamin Franklin
  28. “A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.” — Benjamin Franklin
  29. “Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.” — Benjamin Franklin
  30. “To find out a girl’s faults, praise her to her girlfriends.” — Benjamin Franklin
  31. “Contentment makes poor men rich; Discontent makes rich men poor.” — Benjamin Franklin
  32. “Wish not so much to live long as to live well.” — Benjamin Franklin
  33. “Doing your best means never stop trying.” — Benjamin Franklin
  34. “A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned.” — Benjamin Franklin
  35. “Never ruin an apology with an excuse.” — Benjamin Franklin
  36. “Out of adversity comes opportunity.” — Benjamin Franklin
  37. “Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” — Benjamin Franklin
  38. “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” — Benjamin Franklin
  39. “Fear God, and your enemies will fear you.” — Benjamin Franklin
  40. “He that can have patience can have what he will.” — Benjamin Franklin
  41. “Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.” — Benjamin Franklin
  42. “Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.” — Benjamin Franklin
  43. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” — Benjamin Franklin
  44. “Work as if you were to live a thousand years, play as if you were to die tomorrow.” — Benjamin Franklin
  45. “The wise man draws more advantage from his enemies than the fool from his friends.” — Benjamin Franklin
  46. “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
  47. “Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody.” — Benjamin Franklin
  48. “Hide not your talents, they for use were made, What’s a sundial in the shade?” — Benjamin Franklin
  49. “How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.” — Benjamin Franklin
  50. “Thirteen virtues necessary for true success: temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity, and humility.” — Benjamin Franklin
  51. “A policy of life insurance is the cheapest and safest mode of making a certain provision for one’s family.” — Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin Quotes About Freedom and Liberty

  1. “Change is the only constant in life. One’s ability to adapt to those changes will determine your success in life.” — Benjamin Franklin
  2. “Security without liberty is called prison.” — Benjamin Franklin
  3. “Where liberty is, there is my country.” — Benjamin Franklin
  4. “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” — Benjamin Franklin
  5. “People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both.” — Benjamin Franklin
  6. “Fart for freedom, fart for liberty – and fart proudly.” — Benjamin Franklin
  7. “Those Who Sacrifice Liberty for Security Deserve Neither.” — Benjamin Franklin
  8. “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” — Benjamin Franklin
  9. “Nothing brings more pain than too much pleasure; nothing more bondage than too much liberty.” — Benjamin Franklin
  10. “Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.” — Benjamin Franklin
  11. “There are three types 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
  12. “Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” — Benjamin Franklin
  13. “When you are finished changing, you’re finished.” — Benjamin Franklin
  14. “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”
  15. “Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.” — Benjamin Franklin
  16. “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” — Benjamin Franklin
  17. “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.” — Benjamin Franklin
  18. “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” — Benjamin Franklin
  19. “Success is the residue of planning.” — Benjamin Franklin
  20. “Little strokes fell great oaks.” — Benjamin Franklin
  21. “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” — Benjamin Franklin
  22. “Eat to live, don’t live to eat.” — Benjamin Franklin
  23. “In wine, there is wisdom, in beer, there is Freedom, in water, there is bacteria.” — Benjamin Franklin
  24.  “Humility makes great men twice honorable.” — Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin Quotes on Education

  1. “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” — Benjamin Franklin
  2. “The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance.” — Benjamin Franklin
  3. “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
  4. “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
  5. “Genius without education is like silver in the mine.” — Benjamin Franklin
  6. “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
  7. “If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him.” — Benjamin Franklin
  8. “Whoever shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world.” — Benjamin Franklin
  9. “The good Education of Youth has been esteemed by wise Men in all Ages, as the surest Foundation of the Happiness both of private Families and of Common-wealth’s. Almost all Governments have therefore made it a principal Object of their Attention, to establish and endow with proper Revenues, such Seminaries of Learning, as might supply the succeeding Age with Men qualified to serve the Public with Honor to themselves, and to their Country.” — Benjamin Franklin
  10. “I think also that general virtue is more probably to be expected and obtained from the education of youth than from exhortations of adult persons; bad habits and vices of the mind being, like diseases of the body, more easily prevented than cured. I think moreover, that talents for the education of youth are the gift of God; and that he on whom they are bestowed, whenever a way is opened for use of them, is as strongly called as if he heard a voice from heaven.” — Benjamin Franklin
  11. “An education is the investment with the greatest returns.” — Benjamin Franklin
  12. “Indeed, the general natural Tendency of Reading good History, must be, to fix in the Minds of Youth deep Impressions of the Beauty and Usefulness of Virtue of all Kinds, Public Spirit, Fortitude.” — Benjamin Franklin
  13. “Common sense without education is better than education without common sense.” — Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin Quotes About Learning

  1. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” — Benjamin Franklin
  2. “You can do anything you set your mind to.” — Benjamin Franklin
  3. “You may delay, but time will not.” — Benjamin Franklin
  4. “For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” — Benjamin Franklin
  5. “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” — Benjamin Franklin
  6. “Tell me, and I forget, teach me, and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” — Benjamin Franklin
  7. “What good shall I do this day?” — Benjamin Franklin
  8. “Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn.” — Benjamin Franklin
  9. “Practice makes perfect.” — Benjamin Franklin
  10. “Life biggest tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.” — Benjamin Franklin
  11. “Never confuse Motion with Action.” — Benjamin Franklin
  12. “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” — Benjamin Franklin
  13. “It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.” — Benjamin Franklin
  14. “Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.” — Benjamin Franklin
  15. “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
  16.  “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
  17. “A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.” — Benjamin Franklin
  18. “The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense.” — Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin Quotes About Time

  1. “Lost time is never found again.” — Benjamin Franklin
  2. “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” — Benjamin Franklin
  3. “You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.” — Benjamin Franklin
  4. “One today is worth two tomorrows.” — Benjamin Franklin
  5. “Time is money.” — Benjamin Franklin
  6. “Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today.” — Benjamin Franklin
  7. “If you do tomorrow what you did today, you will get tomorrow what you got today.” — Benjamin Franklin
  8. One today is worth two tomorrow. Lost time is never found again. Time is money. Dost, thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff that life is made of. You may delay, but time will not.” — Benjamin Franklin
  9. “There will be plenty of time to sleep once you are dead.” — Benjamin Franklin
  10. “If you have time, don’t wait for time.” — Benjamin Franklin
  11. “Take time for all things.” — Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin Quotes on Democracy

  1. “The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” — Benjamin Franklin
  2. “A good conscience is a continual Christmas.” — Benjamin Franklin
  3. “It is better to let 100 criminals go free than to imprison 1 innocent man.” — Benjamin Franklin
  4. “Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal.” — Benjamin Franklin
  5. “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
  6. “History will also give occasion to expatiate on the advantage of civil orders and constitutions; how men and their properties are protected by joining in societies and establishing government; their industry encouraged and rewarded, arts invented, and life made more comfortable; the advantages of liberty, mischiefs of licentiousness, benefits arising from good laws and a due execution of justice. Thus, may the first principles of sound politics be fixed in the minds of youth.” — Benjamin Franklin
  7. “If the new Universal History were also read, it would give a connected idea of human affairs, so far as it goes, which should be followed by the best modern histories, particularly of our mother country; then of these colonies; which should be accompanied with observations on their rise, increase, use to Great Britain, encouragements and discouragements, the means to make them flourish, and secure their liberties.” — Benjamin Franklin
  8.  “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

Was Benjamin Franklin a president?

People usually consider Benjamin Franklin the President of the United States; however, it’s just confusion. Franklin never held this position; he was just a governor of Pennsylvania, the first United States official to France and Sweden.

Who invented electricity?

Electricity is a form of energy; it can’t be invented but discovered. There are many misconceptions about the exploration of electricity. Most people think that Benjamin Franklin was the first who discovered it. However, in actual he performed several experiments that showed the relationship between lightning and electricity, that’s all. Actually, the Greeks were the first who find out the static electricity.

How old was Benjamin Franklin when he died?

 On April 17, 1790, the famous American personality Benjamin Franklin breathed his last in Philadelphia at age 84. He died off from the empyema brought by attacks of pleurisy (lung infection or pneumonia).  It is reported that five days before his death, an abscess in his lung burst, which went him into coma condition, and he died.

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