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Quotes: Benjamin Franklin
Quotes by Benjamin Franklin

"Remember that time is money."

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

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

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

"Those who beat their swords into plowshares usually end up plowing for those who didn't."

"He means well for his country, is always an honest man, often a wise one, but sometimes and in some things absolutely out of his senses."

“Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.”

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.

"To find out a girl's faults, praise her to her girlfriends."

"Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none."

“I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such: because I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well-administred; and I believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a Course of Years and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other.

"Let me add, that only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."

Quotes about Benjamin Franklin

"1700...More than a change of century, it was a change of mind...The Enlightenment. Religious wars died down...logic prevailed...'The Light of the Mind replaced the Fire In the Belly.' Hadn't Newton's Law of Gravitation proved that the heavens were driven by equations? Everywhere, the unthinkable was thought...'God is an equation!' In America, the trend could be summed up in two words; Benjamin Franklin."
Larry Gonick, Cartoon History Of The United States

"As it proved, both Jefferson and Adams publicly endorsed the Constitution, each with fingers crossed; each confident that one day, more soon than late, there would be another convention and what proved fault could be corrected. Neither was as prescient, even as harsh, as America's great universal man—publisher, author, diplomat, inventor Benjamin Franklin in his endorsement [sic?] of the 1787 document, forged in his hometown of Philadelphia... No wonder so many academic histories of our republic and it origins tend to gazed fixedly upon the sunny aspects of a history growing ever darker. No wonder they choose to disregard the wise, eerily prescient voice of the authentic Franklin in favor of the jolly fat ventriloquist of common lore, with his simple maxims for simple folk..."
Gore Vidal, Inventing a Nation

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