"He who walks with billionaires, will become a billionaire." ~ Christopher Kozoriz

Benjamin Franklin - Quotes & Videos


Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.

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

"Admiration is the daughter of ignorance."

"A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges."

"A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body."

"A good conscience is a continual Christmas."

"A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one."

"A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave."

"All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move."

"All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones."

"All who think cannot but see there is a sanction like that of religion which binds us in partnership in the serious work of the world."

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

"And whether you’re an honest man, or whether you’re a thief, depends on whose solicitor has given me my brief."

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

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."

"Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do."

"A penny saved is a penny earned."

"A place for everything, everything in its place."

"Applause waits on success."

"As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence."

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

"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man."

"Beauty and folly are old companions."

"Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn."

"Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing."

"Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship."

"Beware the hobby that eats."

"Buy what thou hast no need of and ere long thou shalt sell thy necessities."

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

"Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor."

"Creditors have better memories than debtors."

"Diligence is the mother of good luck."

"Distrust and caution are the parents of security."

"Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them."

"Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out."

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

"Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good."

"East to please thyself, but dress to please others."

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."

"Energy and persistence conquer all things."

"Even peace may be purchased at too high a price."

"Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other."

"Games lubricate the body and the mind."

"Genius without education is like silver in the mine."

"God helps those who help themselves."

"God works wonders now and then; Behold a lawyer, an honest man."

"Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days."

"Half a trust is often a great lie."

"Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is."

"He that speaks much, is much mistaken."

"He that can have patience can have what he will."

"He that displays too often his wife and his wallet is in danger of having both of them borrowed."

"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."

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

"He that lives upon hope will die fasting."

"He that rises late must trot all day."

"He that won’t be counseled can’t be helped."

"He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees."

"He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals."

"Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?"

"Honesty is the best policy."

"How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them."

"Hunger is the best pickle."

"I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things."

"I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong."

"If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed."

"If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles."

"If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him."

"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins."

"If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality."

"If you desire many things, many things will seem few."

"If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher’s stone."

"If you would be loved, love, and be loveable."

"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing."

"If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately."

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

"I guess I don’t so much mind being old, as I mind being fat and old."

"I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning."

"In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it."

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

"I saw few die of hunger; of eating a hundred thousand."

"It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them."

"It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth."

"It is the eye of other people that ruin us. If I were blind I would want, neither fine clothes, find houses or fine furniture."

"It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man."

"It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it."

"I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up."

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

"Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed."

"Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain the lazy one never."

"Life’s Tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late."

"Lost time is never found again."

"Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it."

"Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five."

"Marriage is the most natural state of man, and… the state in which you will find solid happiness."

"Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants."

"Most people return small favors, acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones – with ingratitude."

"Never confuse motion with action."

"Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today."

"Never take a wife till thou hast a house (and a fire) to put her in."

"No nation was ever ruined by trade."

"One today is worth two tomorrows."

"Rather go to bed with out dinner than to rise to debt."

"Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God."

"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."

"Savages we call them because their manners differ from ours."

"She laughs at everything you say. Why? Because she has fine teeth."

"Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75."

"Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody."

"Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste."

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."

"The doors of wisdom are never shut."

"The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance."

"There are three faithful friends – an old wife, an old dog, and ready money."

"There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self."

"There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means – either may do – the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier."

"There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government."

"There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous."

"There was never a good war, or a bad peace."

"The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice."

"The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself."

"The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason."

"They who give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

"Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead."

"Time is money."

"To follow by faith alone is to follow blindly."

"To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions."

"Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don’t have brains enough to be honest."

"Wars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes later."

"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid."

"Well done is better than well said."

"We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately."

"Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame."

"When in doubt, don’t."

"When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?"

"When you’re finished changing, you’re finished."

"Where liberty is, there is my country."

"Where there’s marriage without love, there will be love without marriage."

"Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion."

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

"Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy."

"Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it."

"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning."

"Words may show a man’s wit but actions his meaning."

"Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow."

"Write your injuries in dust, your benefits in marble."

"You can bear your own faults, and why not a fault in your wife?"

"You may delay, but time will not."

"Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones."