Ben Franklin Quotes

I am a big fan of Ben Franklin.  It has always amazed me that he was so deeply engaged in such wildly different activities.  He was an author, printer, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, one of the Founding Fathers of the US, and I am sure this is not an exhaustive list of all that he was.  He also had a way with words and quotes, which I especially admire (He came up with “Honesty is the best policy“, and “God helps those who help themselves“, really?!!).

So, here goes.  A list of my favorite Ben Franklin Quotes.

  • Diligence is the mother of good luck.
  • A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
  • Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.
  • The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
  • Well done is better than well said.
  • Necessity never made a good bargain.
  • Do you love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff that life is made of.
  • A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
  • Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.
  • He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
  • One today is worth two tomorrows.
  • Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
  • To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do to conclusions.
  • If you would be loved, love and be loveable.
  • Never confuse motion with action.
  • Anger is never without a reason but seldom with a good one.
  • Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.
  • The discontented man finds no easy chair.
  • You may delay, but time will not.
  • Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.

Hope you liked them too! 🙂


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