Benjamin Franklin quotes

Inspirational quotes from one of the American Founding Fathers

One of the most influential founding fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin’s face can be found on the fifty-cent piece and $100-dollar bill. As well as his political contributions, Franklin was a prodigious inventor, contributing to electricity, meteorology, and even oceanography. His rich and varied life is heralded as a perfect example of American intellectualism and work ethic, and he is rightly honored to this day.

Franklin produced many manuscripts and contributed to various publications throughout his life and wrote widely on a vast array of political, social, and scientific topics. His words are etched into the fabric of American society and are cherished by students, scholars, and ordinary citizens alike.

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

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

  • Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away

  • They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

  • Don’t throw stones at your neighbors, if your own windows are glass.

  • Most people die at 25 and aren’t buried until they’re 75.

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

  • There never was a good war, or a bad peace.

  • Well done is better than well said.

  • Wish not so much to live long as to live well.

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

  • God heals and the doctor takes the fees.

  • The Doors of Wisdom are never shut.

  • In 200 years will people remember us as traitors or heros? That is the question we must ask.

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