Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

American author, politician, philosopher, scientist
17 January 1706 — 17 April 1790

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In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.

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

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

Beware of the young doctor and the old barber.

You may delay, but time will not.

When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, `tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.

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I didn`t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.

Human felicity is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day.

Conceiving God to be the fountain of wisdom, I thought it right and necessary to solicit his assistance for obtaining it; to this end I formed the following little prayer, which was prefix`d to my tables of examination, for daily use: "O powerful Goodness! bountiful Father! merciful Guide! Increase in me that wisdom which discovers my truest interest. Strengthen my resolutions to perform what that wisdom dictates. Accept my kind offices to thy other children as the only return in my power for thy continual favours to me."

God heals and the doctor takes the fee.

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

When you are finished changing, you`re finished.

God helps them that help themselves.

How many observe Christ`s birthday! How few, his precepts! O! `tis easier to keep holidays than commandments.

The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.


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