Quoting Benjamin Franklin

Did you know?

Benjamin Franklin was one of the 56 men who signed America’s Declaration of Independence.

Benjamin Franklin is widely known to be the only President of the United States who was never a President of United States.  Meaning his reputation as a statesman is such that everyone thought he was once a president but sadly he was not.

Benjamin Franklin was the 15th amongst the 17th children his parents begot – big family.

Benjamin Franklin apparently brought to the USA the first bathtub in 1790.  It was from France and made of copper.  The tub was in a shape of a shoe and still very rudimentary.  It doesn’t have the taps for ready hot and cold water.  Everything was brought from another source manually.   Be that as it may, Benjamin Franklin loved his bathtub so much that he spent a great deal of time on it whilst reading and writing. 😉

 

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A child thinks twenty shillings and twenty years can scarce ever be spent.
– Benjamin Franklin

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
—Franklin

Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.
– Benjamin Franklin

A single man has not nearly the value he would have in a state of union.  He is an incomplete animal.  He resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors.
– Benjamin Franklin
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Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
– Benjamin Franklin
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Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
– Benjamin Franklin
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“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
– Benjamin Franklin
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Creditors have better memories than debtors
-Benjamin Franklin
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“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing”
Benjamin Franklin
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“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
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God heals, and the doctor takes the fees.
– Franklin

Fish and visitors stink after three days.
– Benjamin Franklin

He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
– Benjamin Franklin

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

He that waits upon fortune is never sure of a dinner.
~Benjamin Franklin

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

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.
– Benjamin Franklin

If we are industrious, we shall never starve; for, at the workingman’s house hunger looks in, but dares not enter. Nor will the bailiff or the constable enter, for industry pays debts, while despair increaseth them.
Franklin.

In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eat about twice as much as nature requires.
—Franklin

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half-shut afterwards.
– Benjamin Franklin

Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.
~Benjamin Franklin

Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
– Benjamin Franklin

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Necessity never made a good bargain.
– Benjamin Franklin

Nothing gives an author so much pleasure as to find his works respectfully quoted by other learned authors.
– Benjamin Franklin

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Some are weather-wise, some are otherwise.
– Benjamin Franklin

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The way to wealth is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality: that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality nothing will do, and with them everything.
—Franklin.
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The world is full of fools and faint hearts; and yet everyone has courage enough to bear the misfortunes , and wisdom enough to manage the affairs of his neighbor.
~Benjamin Franklin

There is a difference between imitating a good man and counterfeiting him.
– Benjamin Franklin
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There never was a good war or a bad peace.
– Benjamin Franklin
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There was never a good war or a bad war.
– Benjamin Franklin
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There are three things that are extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.
– Benjamin Franklin
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There are three faithful friends: an old wife, and old dog, and ready money.
– Franklin

“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.”
Benjamin Franklin
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Watch the little things; a small leak will sink a great ship.
– Benjamin Franklin

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
– Benjamin Franklin
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Well done is better than well said.
~Benjamin Franklin
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  1. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

    MAXIMS

    Never spare the parson’s wine, nor the baker’s pudding.

    A house without woman or firelight is like a body without soul or sprite.

    Kings and bears often worry their keepers.

    Light purse, heavy heart.

    He’s a fool that makes his doctor his heir.

    Ne’er take a wife till thou hast a house (and a fire) to put her in.

    To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.

    He that drinks fast pays slow.

    He is ill-clothed who is bare of virtue.

    Beware of meat twice boil’d, and an old foe reconcil’d.

    The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.

    He that is rich need not live sparingly, and he that can live sparingly need not be rich.

    He that waits upon fortune is never sure of a dinner.

  2. Stolen 1778 bust of Ben Franklin, worth $3 million, in bag on bus
    By Dave Warner | Reuters – Mon, Sep 24, 2012

    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Ben Franklin is back home, a little worse for the wear after a trip on a bus.
    A bust valued at $3 million by its owner of the famous founding father was returned to the Philadelphia region after authorities arrested a former cleaning woman who they said was carrying the stolen sculpture in a bag on a bus in Maryland.

    The bust’s owner, George D’Angelo, was relieved to hear authorities had recovered his family’s heirloom, a 1778 plaster of Paris creation by French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon, which was stolen from his home in August.
    “This is a great treasure,” D’Angelo, 85, who lives in the upscale suburbs of Philadelphia, told Reuters on Monday.
    “The bust, which I feel is so magnificent, actually belongs to all of us… It is a treasure of the United States of America,” D’Angelo said. He listed its value at $3 million on an FBI affidavit.

    It was recovered as Andrea Lawton, who was fired by the cleaning company that serviced D’Angelo’s home, stepped off a bus in Elkton, Maryland, on Friday, authorities said. Law enforcement officials said she had the icon in a bag.

    Lawton was charged with illegally transporting the stolen bust across state lines, a federal offense, authorities said.
    D’Angelo said he was told that the bust is now cracked across the chest, and he hopes it can be restored.

    According to an FBI affidavit, Lawton was fired on August 21 and three days later employees of the cleaning company arrived at the house and saw her driving off in an SUV. Once inside the home, the employees noticed the bust was not on its pedestal.

    The FBI traced Lawton to Alabama and, after learning she was riding a bus back north, arrested her in Maryland on Friday. Lawton, currently in custody, was due in court on Wednesday for a bail hearing.
    (Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Cynthia Osterman)

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