- Remember that time is money.
Advice to a Young Tradesman (1748)
- A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
Poor Richard's Almanac (1733)
- Necessity never made a good bargain.
Poor Richard's Almanac (1735) April
- Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
Poor Richard's Almanack (1738)
- At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgement.
Poor Richard's Almanac (1741) June
- He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
Poor Richard's Almanac (1758) preface
- Fools need advice most, but wise men only are the better for it.
Poor Richard's Almanac (1758) January
- The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.
Poor Richard's Almanac (1758) July
- Rather go to bed supperless than rise in debt.
The Way to Wealth (1758)
- 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)
- 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
- There never was a good war, or a bad peace.
letter to Josiah Quincy, 11 September 1783
- 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
- Man is a tool-making animal.
James Boswell Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) 7 April 1778
- 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