Benjamin Franklin Quotes


When the well is dry people know the worth of water. [so appreciate what you have while you have it]

A Bible and a newspaper in every house a good school in every district; all studied and appreciated as they merit; are the principal support of virtue morality and civil liberty.

Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.

The people heard it and approved the doctrine and immediately practiced the contrary.

That it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer is a Maxim that has been long and generally approved.

Nothing's so apt to undermine your confidence in a product as knowing that the commercial selling it has been approved by the company that makes it.

Approve not of him who commends all you say.

Enjoy the present hour be mindful of the past; And neither fear nor wish the Approaches of the last. Learn of the skillful: He that teaches himself hath a fool for his master.

I made the greater progress from that clearness of head and quicker apprehension which generally attend temperance in eating and drinking.

Applause waits on success.

To all apparent beauties blind each blemish strikes an envious mind.

The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason: The Morning Daylight appears plainer when you put out your Candle.

Wouldst thou enjoy a long Life a healthy Body and a vigorous Mind and be acquainted also with the wonderful Works of God? labour in the first place to bring thy Appetite into Subjection to Reason.

If you wou'd have Guests merry with your cheer Be so your self or so at least appear.

Our new Constitution is now established and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in the world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.

Evil as evil can never be chosen; and though evil is often the effect of our own choice yet we never desire it but under the appearance of an imaginary good.

Don't judge men's wealth or godliness by their Sunday appearance.

Traveling is one way of lengthening life at least in appearance.

If you would persuade you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.

I have been apt to think that there has never been nor ever will be any such thing as a good war or a bad peace.

Kings have long arms but Misfortune longer: let none think themselves out of her reach.

O Lazy bones! Dost thou think God would have given thee arms and legs if he had not design'd thou should'st use them?

The greatest monarch on the proudest throne is obliged to sit upon his own arse.

Be cheerful -- the problems that worry us most are those that never arrive.

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.

If you ever need a helping hand you'll find one at the end of your arm. Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy.

I am a mortal enemy to arbitrary government and unlimited power.

No employment can be managed without arithmetic no mechanical invention without geometry.

Arguing is a game that two can play at. But it is a strange game in that neither opponent ever wins.

Marriage is the most natural state of man and... the state in which you will find solid happiness.

You must always be prepared. Make sure to look at things from all angles. If you are not prepared you will fail.

Take it from Richard poor and lame What's begun in anger ends in shame.

Anger and folly walk cheek by sole.

Anger warms the invention but overheats the oven.

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.

Anger is never without a reason but seldom with a good one.

Take heed of the Vinegar of sweet Wine and the Anger of Good-nature.

Are you angry that others disappoint you? Remember you cannot depend upon yourself.

Man is a tool-making animal

If I could see one live show before I died I'd see Lucy Angel

The expenses required to prevent a war are much lighter than those that will if not prevented be absolutely necessary to maintain it.

He that hath a calling hath an office of profit and honor.

You may give give a man office but you cannot give him discretion

Love well whip well.

The Family of Fools is ancient

Covetousness is ever attended with solicitude and anxiety.

To be proud of virtue is to poison yourself with the Antidote.

Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.

you can do anything you set your mind to

Never contradict anybody.

One Man may be more cunning than another but not more cunning than every body else.

I believe ... that the soul of man is immortal and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this.

Annual giving is the custom of making a gift-a-year to an institution in which one has faith...

There is nothing so absurd as knowledge spun too fine.

A flatterer never seems absurd: The flatter'd always takes his word.

Visit your Aunt but not every Day; and call at your Brother's but not every night.

An autobiography usually reveals nothing bad about its writer except his memory.

I have heard that nothing gives an Author so great Pleasure as to find his works respectfully quoted by other learned authors.

I should have no objection to go over the same life from its beginning to the end: requesting only the advantage authors have of correcting in a second edition the faults of the first.

It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.

A perfect character might be attended with the inconvenience of being envied and hated; and that a benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself to keep his friends in countenance.

A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines.

If we restrict liberty to attain security we will lose them both.

Necessity knows no law; I know some attorneys of the same.

Electrical matter differs from common matter in this that the parts of the latter mutually attract those of the former mutually repel each other.

there was great difference between persons and discretion did not always accompany years nor was youth always with out it

I am lord of myself accountable to none.

As we must account for every idle word so must we account for every idle silence.

Think of these things whence you came where you are going and to whom you must account.

Men's minds do not die with their bodies but are made more happy or miserable after this life according to their actions.

Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly and if you speak speak accordingly.

Avoid dishonest gain: no price can recompence the pangs of vice.

Little minds think and talk about people. Average minds think and talk about things and actions. Great minds think and talk about ideas.

Your best investment is to pour your purse into your head and no one can take it away from you.

Constant dropping wears away stones

Be not disturbed at trifles or at accidents common or unavoidable.

Poverty wants some things Luxury many things Avarice all things

Having been poor is no shame but being ashamed of it is.

Be ashamed to catch yourself idle.

Let every one ascertain his special business and calling and then stick to it if he wants to be successful.

A lighthouse is more useful than a church.

Leisure is the time for doing something useful.

Lose no time; be always employed in something useful.

If a man would reap praise you must sow the seeds gentle words and useful deeds.

The purpose of money was to purchase one's freedom to pursue that which is useful and interesting.

If you want something done ask a busy person.

The most acceptable service of God is doing good to man.

By the word simplicity is not always meant folly or ignorance; but often pure and upright Nature free from artifice craft or deceitful ornament.

There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.

Neglect mending a small fault and 'twill soon be a great one.

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

Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.

He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.

Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.

Slavery is ...an atrocious debasement of human nature.

Slavery is such an atrocious debasement of human nature that its very extirpation if not performed with solicitous care may sometimes open a source of serious evils.

I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life I absenteed myself from Christian assemblies.

I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven and its blessing on our deliberations be held in this Assembly every morning...

An assembly of great men is the greatest fool upon earth.

Conceiving God to be the fountain of wisdom I thought it right and necessary to solicit his assistance for obtaining it.

The longer I live the more convinced I become that God governs in the affairs of men. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance.

But in this world nothing is sure but death and taxes. [Fr. Mais dons ce monde il n'y a rien d'assure que le mort et les impots.]

I have lived a long time sir and the longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth - that God governs in the affairs of men.

Nothing is so tiresome to one's self as well as so odious to others as disguise and affectation.

In the affairs of this world men are saved not by faith but by the want of it.

Whoever shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world.

Two passions have powerful influence on the affairs of men: the love of power and the love of money.

In the Affairs of this World Men are saved not by Faith but by the Lack of it.

To bear other people's afflictions everyone has courage and enough to spare.

The handshake of the host affects the taste of the roast

Ill customs and bad advice are seldom forgotten.

We may give advice but we cannot give conduct.

Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.

Fools need advice most but wise men only are the better for it.

The use of money is all the advantage there is in having it.

The wise man draws more advantage from his enemies than the fool from his friends

Never ruin an apology with an excuse.

Out of adversity comes opportunity.

One of the advantages of being a 'reasonable creature' is that one can find a reason for whatever one wants to do.

Human felicity is produced not as much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen as by little advantages that occur every day.

As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours and this we should do freely and generously.

That as we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours and this we should do freely and generously.

At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty the wit; and at forty the judgment.

You will discover 3 trustworthy mates an aged wife an aged canine and ready dollars.

Reckless youth makes rueful age.

The Golden Age was never the present age.

After crosses and losses men grow humbler and wiser.

Guests like fish begin to smell after three days.

Truth and sincerity have a certain distinguishing native lustre about them which cannot be perfectly counterfeited; they are like fire and flame that cannot be painted.

Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.

Lost time can never be found again

No European who has tasted savage life can afterwards bear to live in our societies.

Lost time is never found again.

Take counsel in wine but resolve afterwards in water.

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage half shut afterwards.

Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.

Change is the only constant in life. Ones ability to adapt to those changes will determine your success in life.

The art of acting consists in keeping people from coughing.

Nothing preaches better than the act.

Never confuse motion with action.

Anyone can complain and they should have the right to but if you want to see change you must act. Actions speak louder than words. Don't complain about things change things.

How can any Action be meritorious of Praise or Dispraise Reward or Punishment when the natural Principle of Self-Love is the only and the irresistible Motive to it?

I've striven my whole life for humility but if I'd ever achieved it I'd probably be pretty damn proud of that.

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

It seems to me that if statesmen had a little more arithmetic or were accustomed to calculation wars would be much less frequent.

Acquire Riches by Industry and Frugality.

Hast thou virtue? acquire also the graces and beauties of virtue.

Avarice and Happiness never saw each other how then should they become acquainted?

None but the well-bred man knows how to confess a fault or acknowledge himself in an error.

It is the duty of mankind on all suitable occasions to acknowledge their dependence on the Divine Being.

Most people return small favors acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones - with ingratitude.

Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.

Pity and forbearance should characterize all acts of justice.

A man is not completely born until he is dead. Why then should we grieve that a new child is born among the immortals a new member added to their happy society?

Make the best use of both time and money. Add industry and frugal dealings if they pay very well and if you're free to it.

If thou hast wit and learning add to it wisdom and modesty.

The used key is always bright.

Finding myself to exist in the world I believe I shall in some shape or other always exist.

The man that walks wit crowd will get no farther than the crowd. The man that walks alone will reach places unknown.

To Follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.

Virtue alone is sufficient to make a man great glorious and happy.

Some make Conscience of wearing a Hat in the Church who make none of robbing the Altar.

That which hurts also instructs.

Many a long dispute among divines may be thus abridged: It is so; It is not so. It is so; it is not so.

Flowers are the alphabet of angels whereby they write on the hills and fields mysterious truths.

Thinking aloud is a habit which is responsible for most of mankind's misery.

The best way to see Faith is to shut the eye of Reason.

The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason.

The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands.

If you'd be beloved make yourself amiable. A true friend is the best possession.

Your argument is sound nothing but sound.

The rotten apple spoils his companion.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Let me resolve to be virtuous that I may be happy that I may please Him who is delighted to see me happy. Amen.

Tomorrow every Fault is to be amended; but that Tomorrow never comes.

Ambition has its disappointments to sour us but never the good fortune to satisfy us.

The absent are never without fault. Nor the present without excuse.

America cultivates best what Germany brought forth.

The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.

In wine there is wisdom in beer there is Freedom in water there is bacteria.

Alas I know if I ever became truly humble I would be proud of it.

You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.

If everyone is thinking alike then no one is thinking.

Gaining money by my industry and frugality I lived very agreeably. . . .

When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?

Reading was the only amusement I allowed myself

All things are cheap to the saving dear to the wasteful

Time is an herb that cures all Diseases.

Energy and persistence conquer all things.

Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.

Take time for all things.

Moderation in all things - including moderation.

The best of all medicines is resting and fasting

Marry above thy match and you will get a master.

All the little money that ever came into my hands was ever laid out in books.

He that riseth late must trot all day and shall scarce overtake his business at night.

He that rises late must trot all day.

It is therefore wish'd that all commerce were as free between all the nations of the world as it is between the several counties of England.

Tis a common observation here that our cause is the cause of all mankind and that we are fighting for their liberty in defending our own.

All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable those that are movable and those that move.

Blame-all and Praise-all are two blockheads.

Interest which blinds some People enlightens others.

Presumption first blinds a man then sets him a running.

If all but myself were blind I should want neither a fine house nor fine furniture.

On second thought it's a good thing love is blind otherwise it would see too much.

It is the eye of other people that ruin us. If I were blind I would want neither fine clothes fine houses or fine furniture.

In other men we faults can spy / And blame the mote that dims their eye;/ Each little speck and blemish find;/ To our own stronger errors blind.

Why does the blind man's wife paint herself.

For my own part I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen the representative of our country. He is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his living honestly.

If you have a bald head don't walk out in the sun because you will get burned.

God bless the King and grant him long to Reign.

Reader I wish thee Health Wealth Happiness And may kind Heaven thy Year's Industry bless.

By diligence and patience the mouse bit in two the cable.

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

A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.

Games lubricate the body and mind.

Games lubricate the body and the mind.

Pain wastes the Body Pleasures the Understanding.

There are lazy minds as well as lazy bodies.

The busy man has few idle visitors; to the boiling pot the flies come not.

A man must have a good deal of vanity who believes and a good deal of boldness who affirms that all the doctrines he holds are true and all he rejects are false.

I believe in one God Creator of the Universe in that He ought to be whipped from pilar to post and back again for His shameful actions toward Humanity.

Little boats should keep near shore

Vessels large may venture more But little boats should keep near shore.

Those who in quarrels interpose must often wipe a bloody nose.

A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.

It is better to let 100 criminals go free than to imprison 1 innocent man.

Common sense without education is better than education without common sense.

Mine is better than ours.

Well done is better than well said.

Time is money be a better you.

Better slip with foot than tongue.

To whom you betray your secret you sell your liberty.

When Knaves betray each other one can scarce be blamed or the other pitied.

The best way to help the poor is to make them uncomfortable in their own poverty.

Grief for a dead Wife and a troublesome Guest Continues to the threshold and there is at rest But I mean such wives as are none of the best

There are two ways to increase your wealth. Increase your means or decrease your wants. The best is to do both at the same time.

I am for doing good to the poor but I differ in opinion about the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty but leading or driving them out of it.

The moral and religious system which Jesus Christ transmitted to us is the best the world has ever seen or can see.

Experience is the best teacher but a fool will learn from no other.

He that best understands the world least likes it

What is a butterfly? At best He's but a caterpiller drest. The gaudy Fop's his picture just.

Waste neither time nor money but make the best use of both.

Who judges best of a Man his Enemies or himself?

The best investment is in the tools of one's own trade.

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

By improving yourself the world is made better. Be not afraid of growing too slowly. Be afraid only of standing still.

The man who does things makes mistakes but he doesn't make the biggest mistake of all-doing nothing.

He that would fish must venture his bait.

A ship under sail and a big-bellied woman Are the handsomest two things that can be seen common.

All who think cannot but see there is a sanction like that of religion which binds us in partnership in the serious work of the world.

Willows are weak but they bind the Faggot.

Never spare the parson's wine nor the baker's pudding

Wars are not paid for in wartime the bill comes later.

Beware the hobby that eats.

Beware of meat twice boiled and an old foe reconciled.

Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.

It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.

Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue; it is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.

Now I've a sheep and a cow every body bids me good morrow.

If any form of government is capable of making a nation happy ours I think bids fair now for producing that effect. But after all much depends upon the people who are governed.

It is easier to build two chimneys than to keep one in fuel.

Here Skugg lies snug As a bug in a rug.

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

Hope and faith may be more firmly built upon charity than charity upon faith and hope.

He that raises a large family does indeed while he lives to observe them stand a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure too.

'tis his honesty that brought upon him the character of a heretic.

A father's a treasure; a brother's a comfort; a friend is both.

A Brother may not be a Friend but a Friend will always be a Brother.

Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure when he is really selling himself to it.

Many have been ruined by buying good Pennyworths.

He that speaks ill of the mare will buy her.

Buy what thou hast no need of and ere long thou shalt sell thy necessities.

If you can't pay for a thing don't buy it. If you can't get paid for it don't sell it.

Be in general virtuous and you will be happy. At least you will by such conduct stand the best chance for such consequences.

People are best convinced by things they themselves discover.

The world is run by the people who show up.

Temperance puts wood on the fire meal in the barrel flour in the tub money in the purse credit in the country contentment in the house clothes on the back and vigor in the body.

Some of the domestic evils of drunkenness are houses without windows gardens without fences fields without tillage barns without roofs children without clothing principles morals or manners.

Bargaining has neither friends nor relations.

A bargain is something you have to find a use for once you have bought it.

He that sows Thorns should never go barefoot.

He that scatters thorns let him not go barefoot.

Necessity never made a good bargain.

He is ill clothed that is bare of virtue.

Beware of the young doctor and the old barber.

A word to the wise is enough and many words won't fill a bushel.

Most men die at 25 we just don't bury them until they are 70.

Two dry Sticks will burn a green One.

Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five.

Some people die at 25 and aren't buried until 75.

Most people die at 25 but are buried at 75.

...it is prodigious the quantity of good that may be done by one man if he will make a business of it.

The first mistake in public business is the going into it.

He was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages; so ignorant that he bought a cow to ride on.

An ounce of wit that is bought Is worth a pound that is taught.

Every pot must sit on its own bottom.

When men differ in opinion both sides ought equally to have the advantage of being heard by the public; when Truth and Error have fair play the former is always an overmatch for the latter.

The same man cannot be both Friend and Flatterer.

Read much but not too many books.

Women are books and men the readers be...

He that displays too often his wife and his wallet is in danger of having both of them borrowed.

He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.

If you would know the value of money go and try to borrow some.

He that won't be counseled can't be helped. He that would have a short Lent let him borrow Money to be repaid at Easter.

What is the use of a new-born child ?

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

Death takes no bribes.

A little neglect may breed great mischief.

He that is conscious of a stink in his breeches is [suspicious] of every wrinkle in another's nose.

Take courage Mortal... Death cannot banish you from the Universe.

Take Courage Mortal; Death can't banish thee out of the Universe.

Force shites upon Reason's Back.

Lying rides upon debt's back.

What maintains one vice would bring up two children.

Sloth like rust consumes faster than labor wears while the used key is always bright.

And whether you're an honest man or whether you're a thief depends on whose solicitor has given me my brief.

Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools that don't have brains enough to be honest.

Old boys have their playthings as well as young ones; the difference is only in the price.

A nod from a lord is a breakfast for a fool.

Many would live by their Wits but break for want of Stock.

Where there's no law there's no bread.

Give me yesterday's bread this day's flesh and last year's cider

There cannot be a stronger natural right than that of a man's making the best profit he can of the natural produce of his lands.

If any man flatters me I'll flatter him again; tho' he were my best Friend.

A lonely man on a rainy night who cannot read.

I believe there is one Supreme most perfect being.

Practice makes perfect.

To be humble to superiors is a duty to equals courtesy to inferiors nobleness.

God works wonders now and then; Behold a lawyer an honest man.

Humility makes great men twice honorable

A cheerful face is nearly as good for an invalid as healthy weather.

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.

Be sober and temperate and you will be healthy.

At a great pennyworth pause a while.

Half a truth is often a great lie.

Men differ daily about things which are subject to sense is it likely then they should agree about things invisible.

We are a kind of posterity in respect to them.

Life is a kind of chess.

Bad gains are true losses.

Pardoning the Bad is injuring the Good.

It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation and only one bad one to lose it.

Great spenders are bad lenders.

Hunger never saw bad bread.

You can bear your own faults and why not a fault in your wife?

If you do what you should not you must bear what you would not.

Eyes and Priests Bear no Jests.

He is not well bred that cannot bear ill breeding in others

For the best return on your money pour your purse into your head.

Doing your best means never stop trying.

There are three faithful friends - an old wife an old dog and ready money.

In order to be happy you need a good dog a good woman and ready money.

As sore places meet most rubs proud folks meet most affronts.

To be proud of knowledge is to be blind with light.

The proud hate pride in others.

Friends are the true Sceptres of Princes.

A true friend is the greatest possesion.

Hunger is the best pickle.

The best is the cheapest.

Fatigue is the best pillow.

Honesty is the best policy.

Take one thing with another and the world is a pretty good sort of a world and it is our duty to make the best of it and be thankful.

Let thy maid servant be faithful strong and homely.

A full Belly is the Mother of all Evil.

Remember Sir that [England] began the slave trade!

When you are in debt then you are a slave.

Do good to thy friend to keep him to thy enemy to gain him.

Do not however mistake me. It is not to my good friend's heresy that I impute his honesty. On the contrary 'tis his honesty that brought upon him the character of a heretic.

Let each new year find you a better person.

A good spouse and health is a person's best wealth.

Virtue and Happiness are Mother and Daughter.

Diligence is the mother of good luck.

A dying man can do nothing easy.

Success has ruin'd many a man.

Success has ruined many a man.

There is much difference between imitating a good man and counterfeiting him.

Pride is said to be the last vice the good man gets clear of...

Speak ill of no man but speak all the good you know of everybody.

I never knew a man who was good at making excuses who was good at anything else.

A quarrelsome man has no good neighbours.

An old man in a house is a good sign.

I don't believe in stereotypes. I prefer to hate people on a more personal basis.

Silence is not always a sign of wisdom but babbling is ever a mark of folly.

The borrower is slave to the lender and the debtor to the creditor.

Speak with contempt of none from slave to king The meanest Bee hath and will use a sting.

Blessed is he that expects nothing for he shall never be disappointed. expect nothing - get nothing! but expect something - get something!!

Great talkers little doers.

Little strokes fell great oaks.

Opportunity is the great bawd.

Great talkers are little doers.

What good shall I do this day?

Do well by doing good.

What science can there be more noble more excellent more useful for men more admirably high and demonstrative than this of mathematics?

Setting too good an Example is a Kind of slander seldom forgiven.

A good example is the best sermon.

The wise and the brave dares own that he was wrong.

Blessed is he that expects nothing for he shall never be disappointed.

In Truth I found myself incorrigible with respect to Order; and now I am grown old and my Memory bad I feel very sensibly the want of it.

You may sometimes be much in the Wrong in owning your being in the Right.

[It was] the poverty caused by the bad influence of the English bankers on the Parliament which has caused in the colonies hatred of the English and . . . the Revolutionary War.

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

It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.

Who is strong? He that can conquer his bad habits.

A man is sometimes more generous when he has but a little money than when he has plenty perhaps through fear of being thought to have but little.

I guess I don't so much mind being old as I mind being fat and old.

The exact Quantity and Quality being found out is to be kept to constantly.

Industry and frugality as the means of procuring wealth . . . thereby [secures] virtue it being more difficult for a man in want to act always honestly. . . .

A man separated from his reflective belt is no man at all.

Doing an injury puts you below your enemy; revenging one make you but even with him; forgiving it sets you above him.

It's better to swim in the sea below Than to swing in the air and feed the crow Says jolly Ned Teach of Bristol.

Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.

Here's to our beloved George Washington the Joshua of America who commanded the sun and the moon to sand still--and they obeyed.

No man ought to own more property than needed for his livelihood; the rest by right belonged to the state.

A full Belly brings forth every Evil.

If it were not for the Belly the Back might wear Gold.

A full Belly makes a dull Brain: The Muses starve in a Cook's Shop.

Hold your Council before Dinner; the full Belly hates Thinking as well as Acting.

There's many witty men whose brains can't fill their bellies.

He that blows the coals in quarrels that he has nothing to do with has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face. - Ben Franklin

A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.� Benjamin Franklin

It is a bad temper of mind that takes delight in opposition.

Write your injuries in dust your benefits in marble.

Write injuries in dust benefits in marble.

Virtues of ... Justice: Wrong none by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

As we benefit from the inventions of others we should be glad to share our own ... freely and gladly.

Duty is not beneficial because it is commanded but is commanded because it is beneficial.

Silence - Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.

Why should I give my Readers bad lines of my own when good ones of other People's are so plenty?

Historians relate not so much what is done as what they would have believed.

Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see.

If Jack's in love he's no judge of Jill's beauty.

Rather go to bed with out dinner than to rise in debt.

Wealth and Content are not always Bed-fellows.

What I am to be I am now becoming.

The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.

Little rogues easily become great ones.

whatever you become be good at it

She laughs at everything you say. Why? Because she has fine teeth.

Do you love life? Then don't waste time because time is life!

Beauty and folly are old companions.

There is no good war or bad peace

Three removes are as bad as a fire

There was never a good war or a bad peace.

Those who beat their swords into plowshares usually end up plowing for those who kept their swords.

There never was a good knife made of bad steel.

There is no such thing as a good war or a bad peace.

One of the greatest tragedies of life is the murder of a beautiful theory by a gang of brutal facts.

The two most beautiful sights I have witnessed in my life are a full blown ship at sail and the round-bellied pregnant female.

Dangerous therefore is it to take shelter under a tree during a thunder-gust. It has been fatal to many both men and beasts.

Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.

Pride gets into the Coach and Shame mounts behind.

On being asked what condition of man he considered the most pitiable: A lonesome man on a rainy day who does not know how to read.

War is when the government tells you who the bad guy is. Revolution is when you decide that for yourself.

When befriended remember it; when you befriend forget it.

Clean your finger before you point at my spots.

Let thy vices die before thee.

Look before or you'll find yourself behind.

No nation has ever been ruined by trade.

Beer is proof that God loves us.

Beer is proof that God wants us to be happy

Beer is God's way of telling us that he loves us and wants us to be happy.

He that drinks fast pays slow. Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. There can't be good living where there is not good drinking.

Pride is as loud a beggar as want and a great deal more saucy

The poor have little; beggars none; the rich too much; enough not one.

It is the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.

If Pride leads the Van Beggary brings up the Rear.

The Honey is sweet but the Bee has a Sting.

Carelessness does more harm than a want of knowledge.

He who multiplies riches multiplies cares.

You may delay but time will not.

The worst wheel of the cart makes the most noise.

To be thrown upon one's own resources is to be cast in the very lap of fortune.

The cat in gloves catches no mice.

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.

He that drinks his cider alone let him catch his horse alone.

He that drinks his Cyder alone let him catch his Horse alone.

A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.

He that pursues two hares at once does not catch one and lets the other go.

All cats look gray in the dark.

All cats are gray in the dark.

In the dark all cats are grey.

A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.

Distrust and caution are the parents of security.

By playing at Chess then we may learn... First: Foresight. Second: Circumspection. Third: Caution.

To cease to think creatively is to cease to live

When women cease to be handsome they study to be good.

Security without liberty is called prison.

The securest place is a prison cell but there is no liberty

If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody there would be very little printed.

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.

Mankind are very odd creatures: one half censure what they practice the other half practice what they censure; the rest always say and do as they ought.

He that sells upon Credit expects to lose 5 per Cent. By bad Debts; therefore he charges on all he sells upon Credit an Advance that shall make up that Deficiency.

I have sometimes almost wished it had been my destiny to be born two or three centuries hence.

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

The only certain things in life are death and taxes!

Nothing in the world is certain except for death and taxes.

Our Constitution is in actual operation; everything appears to promise that it will last; but in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.

God will certainly reward virtue and punish vice either here or hereafter.

Virtue may not always make a Face handsome but Vice will certainly make it ugly.