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date: 03 December 2023

Benjamin Franklin 1706–90
American politician, inventor, and scientist 

  1. Remember that time is money.
    Advice to a Young Tradesman (1748)
  2. A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
    Poor Richard's Almanac (1733)
  3. Necessity never made a good bargain.
    Poor Richard's Almanac (1735) April
  4. Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
    Poor Richard's Almanack (1738)
  5. At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgement.
    Poor Richard's Almanac (1741) June
  6. He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
    Poor Richard's Almanac (1758) preface
  7. Fools need advice most, but wise men only are the better for it.
    Poor Richard's Almanac (1758) January
  8. The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.
    Poor Richard's Almanac (1758) July
  9. Rather go to bed supperless than rise in debt.
    The Way to Wealth (1758)
  10. We must indeed all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.
    at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, 4 July 1776 (possibly not original)
  11. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy!
    letter to the Abbé Morellet, c. July, 1779
  12. There never was a good war, or a bad peace.
    letter to Josiah Quincy, 11 September 1783
  13. In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
    letter to Jean Baptiste Le Roy, 13 November 1789; see Defoe
  14. Man is a tool-making animal.
    James Boswell Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) 7 April 1778
  15. What is the use of a new-born child?
    when asked what was the use of a new invention
    J. Parton Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin (1864) pt. 4, ch. 17