Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Benjamin Franklin Quotes Every American Should Know

Benjamin Franklin was an extraordinary man. Historians have (rightly) dubbed him "the First American," for his early advocacy for colonial unity and the pivotal role he played in shaping the United States. He was a printer, author, editor, philosopher, postmaster, inventor, scientist, politician, businessman, philanthropist, and diplomat. And he had a way with words.

As one of the wisest and most colorful figures in early American history, Franklin dispensed a great amount of advice and coined many sayings -- some of which remain quite famous to this day.

Here are some Benjamin Franklin quotes every American should know:

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."

"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning."

"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."

"Well done is better than well said."

"A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle."

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

"A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned"

"Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are."

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." 

"How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, His precepts!"

"Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead."

"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid."

"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man."

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

"Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle."

If only more people today had the wisdom of Ben Franklin.

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