Founding Fathers: 56 Ben Franklin Quotes

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My Town Tutors loves history. In honor of the 4th of July, we are compiling great quotes from the founding fathers.

Below are quotes from Ben Franklin:

  1. “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Ben Franklin
  2. “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty.” Ben Franklin
  3. “Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” Ben Franklin
  4. “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Ben Franklin
  5. “He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.” Ben Franklin
  6. “If you would not be forgotten, As soon as you are dead and rotten, Either write things worthy reading, Or do things worth the writing.” Ben Franklin
  7. “Never confuse motion with action.” Ben Franklin
  8. “This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. 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 religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.” Ben Franklin
  9. Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.” Ben Franklin
  10. “Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.” Ben Franklin
  11. “To find out a girl’s faults, praise her to her girl friends.” Ben Franklin
  12. “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.” Ben Franklin
  13. “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” Ben Franklin
  14. “The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” Ben Franklin
  15. “He’s a fool who cannot conceal his wisdom.” Ben Franklin
  16. “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Ben Franklin
  17. “Eat to live, and not live to eat.” Ben Franklin
  18. “After three days men grow weary, of a wench, a guest, and weather rainy.” Ben Franklin
  19. “Necessity never made a good bargain.” Ben Franklin
  20. “Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” Ben Franklin
  21. “Tis easy to see, hard to foresee.” Ben Franklin
  22. “God helps them that help themselves.” Ben Franklin
  23. “The worst wheel of a cart makes the most noise.” Ben Franklin
  24. “There are three faithful friends — an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.” Ben Franklin
  25. “Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.” Ben Franklin
  26. “Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.” Ben Franklin
  27. “When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.” Ben Franklin
  28. “Does thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that’s the stuff life is made of.” Ben Franklin
  29. “Little strokes, Fell great oaks.” Ben Franklin
  30. “Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.” Ben Franklin
  31. “Fish and visitors stink after three days.” Ben Franklin
  32. “Well done is better than well said.” Ben Franklin
  33. “Keep thy shop, and thy shop will keep thee.” Ben Franklin
  34. “Those who in quarrels interpose, must often wipe a bloody nose.” Ben Franklin
  35. “He that hath a Trade, hath an Estate.” Ben Franklin
  36. “Fear not death; for the sooner we die, the longer shall we be immortal.” Ben Franklin
  37. “Love your Neighbour; yet don’t pull down your Hedge.” Ben Franklin
  38. “People who are wrapped up in themselves make small packages.” Ben Franklin
  39. “Read much, but not too many books.” Ben Franklin
  40. “He that speaks much, is much mistaken.” Ben Franklin
  41. “Glass, China, and Reputation, are easily crack’d, and never well mended.” Ben Franklin
  42. “A good example is the best sermon.” Ben Franklin
  43. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Ben Franklin
  44. “He that lives upon hope will die fasting.” Ben Franklin
  45. “A little neglect may breed great mischief…for want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost.” Ben Franklin
  46. “Remember that time is money.” Ben Franklin
  47. “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” Ben Franklin
  48. “There was never a good war or a bad peace.” Ben Franklin
  49. “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in the world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” Ben Franklin
  50. “Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Ben Franklin
  51. “Doing an injury puts you below your enemy; revenging one make you but even with him; forgiving it sets you above him.” Ben Franklin
  52. “Genius without education is like silver in the mine.” Ben Franklin
  53. “Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor liberty to purchase power.” Ben Franklin
  54. “Old boys have their playthings as well as young ones; the difference is only in the price.” Ben Franklin
  55. “The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.” Ben Franklin
  56. “A penny saved is a penny earned.” Ben Franklin

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