Benjamin Franklin, 1706 - 1790
Portrait by Joseph Siffred Duplessis
Born: 17 January 1706, Boston, Massachusetts
Died: 17 August 1790, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
At various times Franklin was a scientist, an inventor, a statesman, a printer, a philosopher, a musician, an economist, and a flyer of kites. He even came up with the idea that became Daylight Saving Time, but those who point this out generally fail to mention that it was a joke. Not only were his letters and longer works often a source, he actually spent a fair amount of time writing short bits for his Poor Richard's Almanac, so quote collectors didn't even have to go looking for the good parts.
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- A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats. permalink
- A good conscience is a continual Christmas. permalink
- A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges. permalink
- A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one. permalink
- A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two different things. permalink
- A little neglect may breed great mischief. permalink
- A man in a passion rides a mad horse. permalink
Poor Richard's Almanack (1749)
- A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle. permalink
- A penny saved is two pence clear, A pin a day's a groat a year. permalink
- After three days men grow weary of a wench, a guest, and rainy weather. permalink
- All humanity is divided into three classes: those who are immovable, those who are movable, and those who move! permalink
- Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us. Its appetite grows keener by indulgence and all we can gratify it with at present serves but the more to inflame its insatiable desires. permalink
"On True Happiness" in Pennsylvania Gazette (20 November 1735)
- An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. permalink
- Anger is never without reason, but seldom with a good one. permalink
- Anger warms the Invention, but overheats the Oven. permalink
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