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About Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin was a statesman, author, politician and inventor best known as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. Nicknamed “The First American”, he was a member of the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence. He also drafted and signed the United States’ Constitution.
He fathered an "illegitimate son William Franklin before his common-law marriage with Deborah Read in 1730. Deborah bore him two children, Francis and Sarah.
Besides playing an instrumental role in the founding of the United States, he was also a great inventor. His notable inventions include the lightning rod, the Franklin stove and bifocal glasses.
His portrait is used on the United States on hundred-dollar bill, leading to the bills being commonly called “Bens”, “Benjamins” or “Franklins”.
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Famous quotes by Benjamin Franklin
A good conscience is a continual Christmas.Benjamin Franklin
A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.Benjamin Franklin
A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.Benjamin Franklin
A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.Benjamin Franklin
A place for everything, everything in its place.Benjamin Franklin
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.Benjamin Franklin
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.Benjamin Franklin
Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.Benjamin Franklin
Applause waits on success.Benjamin Franklin
At twenty years of age the will reigns at thirty, the wit and at forty, the judgment.Benjamin Franklin
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.Benjamin Franklin
Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.Benjamin Franklin
Beauty and folly are old companions.Benjamin Franklin
Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.Benjamin Franklin
Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.Benjamin Franklin
Beware the hobby that eats.Benjamin Franklin
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.Benjamin Franklin
Content makes poor men rich discontent makes rich men poor.Benjamin Franklin
Diligence is the mother of good luck.Benjamin Franklin
Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them.Benjamin Franklin
Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.Benjamin Franklin
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.Benjamin Franklin
Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good.Benjamin Franklin
Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to gain leisure.Benjamin Franklin
Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.Benjamin Franklin
Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.Benjamin Franklin
Fatigue is the best pillow.Benjamin Franklin
For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise.Benjamin Franklin
Genius without education is like silver in the mine.Benjamin Franklin
God helps those who help themselves.Benjamin Franklin
God works wonders now and then Behold a lawyer, an honest man.Benjamin Franklin
Half a truth is often a great lie.Benjamin Franklin
He that can have patience can have what he will.Benjamin Franklin
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.Benjamin Franklin
He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.Benjamin Franklin
He that lives upon hope will die fasting.Benjamin Franklin
He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stand a broader mark for sorrow but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure too.Benjamin Franklin
He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.Benjamin Franklin
He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.Benjamin Franklin
Honesty is the best policy.Benjamin Franklin
How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.Benjamin Franklin
Human felicity is produced not as much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen as by little advantages that occur every day.Benjamin Franklin
Hunger is the best pickle.Benjamin Franklin
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.Benjamin Franklin
I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning.Benjamin Franklin
I saw few die of hunger of eating, a hundred thousand.Benjamin Franklin
I should have no objection to go over the same life from its beginning to the end: requesting only the advantage authors have, of correcting in a second edition the faults of the first.Benjamin Franklin
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.Benjamin Franklin
If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.Benjamin Franklin
If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.Benjamin Franklin
If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.Benjamin Franklin
In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.Benjamin Franklin
In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it.Benjamin Franklin
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.Benjamin Franklin
It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness and I pronounce it as certain that there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.Benjamin Franklin
It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.Benjamin Franklin
It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.Benjamin Franklin
Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.Benjamin Franklin
Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed too severe, seldom executed.Benjamin Franklin
Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain the lazy one never.Benjamin Franklin
Life's Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.Benjamin Franklin
Lost time is never found again.Benjamin Franklin
Many foxes grow gray but few grow good.Benjamin Franklin
Marriage is the most natural state of man, and... the state in which you will find solid happiness.Benjamin Franklin
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.Benjamin Franklin
Necessity never made a good bargain.Benjamin Franklin
Nine men in ten are would be suicides.Benjamin Franklin
Observe all men, thyself most.Benjamin Franklin
Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.Benjamin Franklin
Remember that credit is money.Benjamin Franklin
Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody.Benjamin Franklin
Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.Benjamin Franklin
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.Benjamin Franklin
The art of acting consists in keeping people from coughing.Benjamin Franklin
The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.Benjamin Franklin
The doors of wisdom are never shut.Benjamin Franklin
The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.Benjamin Franklin
The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands.Benjamin Franklin
The first mistake in public business is the going into it.Benjamin Franklin
The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.Benjamin Franklin
The use of money is all the advantage there is in having it.Benjamin Franklin
The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason.Benjamin Franklin
There are three faithful friends - an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.Benjamin Franklin
There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.Benjamin Franklin
There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.Benjamin Franklin
There was never a good war, or a bad peace.Benjamin Franklin
Those disputing, contradicting, and confuting people are generally unfortunate in their affairs. They get victory, sometimes, but they never get good will, which would be of more use to them.Benjamin Franklin
Those who govern, having much business on their hands, do not generally like to take the trouble of considering and carrying into execution new projects. The best public measures are therefore seldom adopted from previous wisdom, but forced by the occasion.Benjamin Franklin
Time is money.Benjamin Franklin
To Follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.Benjamin Franklin
To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.Benjamin Franklin
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.Benjamin Franklin
We are more thoroughly an enlightened people, with respect to our political interests, than perhaps any other under heaven. Every man among us reads, and is so easy in his circumstances as to have leisure for conversations of improvement and for acquiring information.Benjamin Franklin
Well done is better than well said.Benjamin Franklin
Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.Benjamin Franklin
When men and woman die, as poets sung, his heart's the last part moves, her last, the tongue.Benjamin Franklin
Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.Benjamin Franklin
Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.Benjamin Franklin
Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.Benjamin Franklin
Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.Benjamin Franklin
Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.Benjamin Franklin
You may delay, but time will not.Benjamin Franklin
Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.Benjamin Franklin
F.A.Q. about Benjamin Franklin
When is his birthday?
Benjamin Franklin's birthday is on January 17, 1706.
In how many days is his birthday?
Benjamin's birthday is in 51 days
How old was Benjamin when he died?
He was 84 years old.
When did he die?
He died in April 17, 1790.
How old would he be today?
Benjamin Franklin would be 315 years old if he was alive today.
Where was Benjamin from?
He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S..
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