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Benjamin Franklin

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Setting too good an example is a kind of slander seldom forgiven
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
All things are easy to industry, all things are difficult to sloth.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned. Be industrious and frugal, and you will be ...
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Mr. Lincoln, I believe your grandfather was a farmer in Pennsylvania,
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Tart words make no friends; a spoonful or honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
An empty Bag cannot stand upright.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Happy's the Wooing, that's not long a doing
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
The good Education of Youth has been esteemed by wise Men in all Ages, as the surest Foundation of t...
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
At 20 years of age the will reigns; at 30, the wit; at 40, the judgment.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Turkey versus Eagle, McCauley is my Beagle.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
He that would live in peace and at ease, Must not speak all he knows, nor judge all he sees
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Work while it is called today, for you know not how much you will be hindered tomorrow. One today is...
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
They that study much, ought not to eat so much as those that work hard, their Digestion being not so...
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn't know how to read.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Is there any thing Men take more pains about than to render themselves unhappy?
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Idleness is the Dead Sea that swallows all virtues
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Were I a Roman Catholic, perhaps I should on this occasion vow to build a chapel to some saint, but ...
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
There are no fools so troublesome as those that have wit.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Love & lordship hate companions.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
To the discontented man no chair is easy
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN