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76 Inspiring Benjamin Franklin Quotes (FREEDOM)

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Born on 17 January 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts Bay, Benjamin Franklin (also commonly referred to as Ben Franklin) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was an author, philosopher, diplomat, inventor and scientist.

Benjamin Franklin is a remarkable polymath and a classic ‘jack of all trades’ (except he is no jack, he is the master of all trades).

As a scientist, he played a significant role in the discovery of electricity.

As an inventor, he invented the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove.

And despite having little formal education, Franklin was the leading founder of many civic organizations and he became a very successful and wealthy businessman in Philadelphia through his printing business.

Franklin was well-respected in his adopted city where he helped launch a lending library, hospital, and college and is well remembered for the wit, wisdom, and elegance of his writing.

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Below are the best Benjamin Franklin quotes so you can be inspired by the wisdom of one American’s greatest heroes.

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Top 27 Most Famous Benjamin Franklin Quotes

There never was a good war or a bad peace.
There never was a good war or a bad peace.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.
While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.
Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five.
Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five.
Success has ruined many a man.
Success has ruined many a man.
Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults.
Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults.
He that can have patience can have what he will.
He that can have patience can have what he will.
Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
Well done is better than well said.
Well done is better than well said.
Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.
Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.
It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.
It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.
Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
God helps them that helps themselves.
God helps them that helps themselves.
We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing!
We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing!
Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom - and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.
Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.
There are three things extremely hard - steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.
There are three things extremely hard – steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.
Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.
Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
Energy and persistence conquer all things.
Energy and persistence conquer all things.
Honesty is the best policy.
Honesty is the best policy.
When in doubt, don't.
When in doubt, don’t.

39 Best Benjamin Franklin Quotes on Justice, Education, and Time

You may delay, but time will not.
You may delay, but time will not.
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.
Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.
He that would live in peace & at ease, Must not speak all he knows or judge all he sees.
He that would live in peace & at ease, Must not speak all he knows or judge all he sees.
Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some; for he that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.
If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some; for he that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.
Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
No nation was ever ruined by trade.
No nation was ever ruined by trade.
When you are finished changing, you’re finished.
When you are finished changing, you’re finished.
A right Heart exceeds all.
A right Heart exceeds all.
I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.
I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.
No gains without pains.
No gains without pains.
A countryman between 2 Lawyers, is like a fish between two cats.
A countryman between 2 Lawyers, is like a fish between two cats.
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
When you’re good to others, you’re best to yourself.
When you’re good to others, you’re best to yourself.
When you’re testing to see how deep water is, never use two feet.
When you’re testing to see how deep water is, never use two feet.
Genius without education is like silver in the mine.
Genius without education is like silver in the mine.
A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.
A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.
What you seem to be, be really.
What you seem to be, be really.
Reading makes a full Man, Meditation a profound Man, Discourse a clear Man.
Reading makes a full Man, Meditation a profound Man, Discourse a clear Man.
Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.
Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance.
The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance.
A true Friend is the best Possession.
A true Friend is the best Possession.
Never confuse motion with action.
Never confuse motion with action.
To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.
To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.
There are two ways to increase your wealth. Increase your means or decrease your wants. The best is to do both at the same time.
There are two ways to increase your wealth. Increase your means or decrease your wants. The best is to do both at the same time.
Keep the eyes wide open before marriage and half shut afterwards.
Keep the eyes wide open before marriage and half shut afterwards.
To find out a girl’s faults, praise her to her girlfriends.
To find out a girl’s faults, praise her to her girlfriends.
Pardoning the Bad, is injuring the Good.
Pardoning the Bad, is injuring the Good.
A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines.
A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines.
All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.
All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.
What more valuable than Gold? Diamonds. Than Diamonds? Virtue.
What more valuable than Gold? Diamonds. Than Diamonds? Virtue.
The Doors of Wisdom are never shut.
The Doors of Wisdom are never shut.
To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.
To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.
Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.
Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.
Security without liberty is called prison.
Security without liberty is called prison.

10 More Inspirational Benjamin Franklin Quotes to Motivate You

Wish not so much to live long as to live well.
Wish not so much to live long as to live well.
For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.
For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.
The best way to see faith is to shut the eye of reason.
The best way to see faith is to shut the eye of reason.
Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.
Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.
Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.
He that speaks much, is much mistaken.
He that speaks much, is much mistaken.
Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.
Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.
Search others for their virtues, thy self for thy vices.
Search others for their virtues, thy self for thy vices.
Speak little, do much.
Speak little, do much.
Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal.
Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal.

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