Quotes – Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

(January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and in many ways was “The First American”. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He facilitated many civic organizations, including Philadelphia’s fire department and a university.

“He that is good at making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”  Benjamin Franklin

“I was surprised to find myself so much fuller of faults than I had imagined, but I had the satisfaction of seeing them diminish.” Benjamin Franklin

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” Benjamin Franklin

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” Benjamin Franklin

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do.” Benjamin Franklin

“He that can have patience can have what he will.” Benjamin Franklin

“Never ruin an apology with an excuse.” Benjamin Franklin

“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.” 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

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.” Benjamin Franklin

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