24 Benjamin Franklin’s Quotes

Benjamin Franklin’s Quotes 

One of the Founding Fathers of the United States

He is one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He being the fifteenth son of a total of 17 and his training was limited to basic studies. From a very young age (at 10 years old) he began to work in all kinds of jobs, which led him to a printing press at the age of 12. It was there that he wrote his first letters, his only poetry. Shortly thereafter he founded the first truly independent newspaper in the British colonies, the “New England Courant”, where he would publish quite critical newspaper articles on the rulers of the time. After a few years he would buy the “Pennsylvania Gazette” newspaper, which he published until 1748.

What was Poor Richard’s Almanac?

Poor Richard’s Almanack was an annual almanac published by Benjamin Franklin, who adopted the pseudonym “Poor Richard” or “Richard Saunders” for publication. The work appeared continuously from 1732 to 1758. It was a best-seller for a pamphlet published in the British colonies in America; about 10,000 copies were printed each year.

Poor Richard's Almanac - Benjamin Franklin's Quotes
Poor Richard’s Almanac on Amazon- Benjamin Franklin’s Quotes

What makes poor Richard’s Almanack peculiar was its numerous puns and quotes, many of which were incorporated into the everyday language of the United States of America. Many Benjamin Franklin’s Quotes were drawn from this almanac.

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Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography

As he began writing his autobiography at a fairly young age (40 years old), a great deal of facts and details about his life are known. Thus, it is known that he participated in the founding of the first public library in Philadelphia, that he was part of the Freemasons, that he participated in the founding of the University of Pennsylvania and the first hospital in the city. In addition, he was a scientist and inventor: the lightning rod, the Franklin oven or Pennsylvania chimney, the bifocal lenses, one of the first flexible urinary catheters or the odometer, are among the many inventions of him.

Benjamin Franklin's Quotes
Benjamin Franklin’s Quotes

Ben Franklin and the Treaty of Paris

He was a signatory to the Treaty of Paris that was signed on September 3, 1783 between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the United States of America. In that treaty the War of Independence of the United States was ended. The fatigue of the participants and the evidence that the distribution and balance of forces made a military outcome impossible, led to the cessation of hostilities by the British.

The treaty was signed by David Hartley, a member of the British Parliament representing King George III, and John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and John Jay, representatives of the United States. The treaty was ratified by the Congress of the Confederacy on January 14, 1784, and by the British on April 9, 1784.

What are Benjamin Franklin’s Quotes?

The life of one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, all of them political leaders and statesmen who participated in the American Revolution by signing the Declaration of Independence of the United States, participating in the War of Independence, and establishing the Constitution of In the United States, he would finally end up under the hand of pleurisy, aggravated by his obesity and a psoriasis that had always accompanied him.

Here we reproduce some of Benjamin Franlin’s quotes (on Amazon) , many of them published in Poor Richard’s Almanac

  • “Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults.”
    – Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1756

  • “He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.”
    – Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1739

  • “There never was a good war or a bad peace.”
    -Letter to Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society of London, July 1783. Also cited in a letter to Quincy, Sr., American merchant, planter and politician, September 1783.

  • “He that lies down with Dogs, shall rise up with fleas.”
    – Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1733

  • “Better slip with foot than tongue.”
    – Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1734

  • “Look before, or you’ll find yourself behind.”
    – Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1735

  • “Don’t throw stones at your neighbors, if your own windows are glass.”
    – Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1736

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  • “He that would live in peace & at ease, Must not speak all he knows or judge all he sees.”
    – Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1736

  • “Well done is better than well said.”
    – Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1737

  • “A right Heart exceeds all.”
    – Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1739

  • “What you seem to be, be really.”
    – Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1744

  • “A true Friend is the best Possession.”
    – Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1744

  • “No gains without pains.”
    – Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1745

  • “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander Time; for that’s the Stuff Life is made of.”
    – Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1746

  • “Lost Time is never found again.”
    – Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1747

  • “When you’re good to others, you’re best to yourself.”
    – Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1748

  • “Pardoning the Bad, is injuring the Good.”
    – Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1748

  • “Hide not your Talents, they for Use were made. What’s a Sun-Dial in the shade!”
    – Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1750

  • “Glass, China, and Reputation, are easily crack’d, and never well mended.”
    – Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1750

  • “What more valuable than Gold? Diamonds. Than Diamonds? Virtue.”
    – Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1751

  • “Haste makes Waste.”
    – Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1753

  • “Search others for their virtues, thy self for thy vices.”
    – Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1738

  • “It is better to take many Injuries than to give one.”
    – Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1735
  • “Wish not so much to live long as to live well.”
    – ​Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1738

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