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Quotes of the Day for 17 January 2004 – Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was born at Boston on this day in 1706. In time he was a scientist, an inventor, a statesman, a printer, a philosopher, a musician, an economist, and a flyer of kites.

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The quotes:

God heals, and the doctor takes the fees.

He does not possess wealth that allows it to possess him.

Let honesty and industry be thy constant companions, and spend one penny less than thy clear gains; then shall thy pocket begin to thrive; creditors will not insult, nor want oppress, nor hungerness bite, nor nakedness freeze thee.

Life's Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.

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.

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

Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He who is content. Who is that? Nobody.

Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
     - All from Benjamin Franklin, 1706 - 1790

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