Benjamin Franklin's Bastard

In the Words of Benjamin Franklin

  • Silence is not always a sign of wisdom, but babbling is ever a folly.
  • What you would seem to be, be really.
  • Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.
  • He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.
  • The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
  • Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
  • We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
  • Never ruin an apology with an excuse.
  • Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five.
  • If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.
  • There was never a bad peace or a good war.
  • The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn't know how to read.
  • Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but usually manages to pick himself up, walk over or around it, and carry on.
  • When you are finished changing, you're finished.
  • When you're testing to see how deep water is, never use two feet.
  • Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
  • If you’re going through hell, keep going.
  • Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
  • Work as if you were to live a thousand years, play as if you were to die tomorrow.
  • The problem with doing nothing is not knowing when your finished.
  • Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.
  • The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance.
  • He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
  • He that speaks much, is much mistaken.
  • The person who knows HOW will always have a job, but the person who knows WHY will always be the boss.
  • Thinking aloud is a habit which is responsible for most of mankind's misery.
  • Where there’s marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.
  • Write to Please Yourself. When You write to Please Others You end up Pleasing No one.
  • A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
  • In reality, there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. . . Even if I could conceive that I had compleatly overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility.
  • Many a long dispute among divines may be thus abridged: It is so; It is not so. It is so; it is not so.

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