Jim's Favorite Famous Quote, Quip, Axiom, and Maxim Repository
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin.
BornJanuary 17, 1706
Boston, Massachusetts
DiedApril 17, 1790
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
American statesman and inventor. As American envoy to Paris was instrumental in getting the French to join the U.S. in the American Revolution. Scientific discoveries included electrical generation and the Gulf Stream. Inventions included the lightning rod and bifocals, for all of which he declined to secure patents.

The repository contains 54 quotes from Benjamin Franklin.
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He who wonít be counseled canít be helped.

ClassicsHistoryPolitics and Government

Our Constitution is in actual operation. Everything appears to promise that it will last, but in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.

Food and Drink

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.


A secret known to three people can be kept as long as two of them are dead.

Food and Drink

There cannot be good living where there is not good drinking.


Honour, worthily obtained, is in its nature a personal thing, and incommunicable to any but those who had some share in obtaining it.


Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for thatís the stuff life is made of.


Energy and pestilence alter all things.


Fish and houseguests smell after three days.


We must all hang together, or we will surely all hang separately.

JusticePolitics and Government

A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.


Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half shut afterwards.

Doctors and Health

God heals, and the doctor takes the fees.


Writing his own epitaph (which was not used):

The body of
B. Franklin, Printer
(Like the Cover of an Old book
Its Contents torn out
And Stript of its Lettering and Gilding)
Lies Here, Food for Worms.
But the Work shall not be Lost;
For it will (as he Believíd) Appear Once More
In a New and More Elegant Edition
Revised and Corrected
By the Author.


They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Letter to Josiah Quincy
Sept. 11, 1773


A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.

Growing Old

All would live long, but none would be old.


Always to suppose oneís friends may be right till one finds them wrong, rather than to suppose them wrong till one finds them right.


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

Growing Up

At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty the wit; at forty the judgment.

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