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He's a fool that makes his doctor his heir.

--Benjamin Franklin
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We are not so sensible of the greatest Health as of the least Sickness.

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

--Benjamin Franklin
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Who is there that can be handsomely Supported in Affluence, Ease and Pleasure by another, that will chuse rather to earn his Bread by the Sweat of his own Brows?

--Benjamin Franklin
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Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all things easy.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes it.

--Benjamin Franklin
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When Wine enters, out goes the Truth.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Take counsel in wine, but resolve afterwards in water.

--Benjamin Franklin
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The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars.

--Benjamin Franklin
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A man is not completely born until he is dead.

--Benjamin Franklin
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A man in a passion, rides a mad horse.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Pride is as loud a beggar as want, and a great deal more saucy.

--Benjamin Franklin

Longer Version:

Pride is as loud a beggar as want, and a great deal more saucy. When you have bought one fine thing, you must buy ten more, that your appearance may be all of a piece; but it is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.


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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.

--Benjamin Franklin

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

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

--Benjamin Franklin
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Promises may get thee friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Content and Riches seldom meet together, Riches take thou, contentment I had rather.

--Benjamin Franklin
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An undutiful daughter will prove an unmanageable wife.

--Benjamin Franklin

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He who gives up freedom for safety deserves neither.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Those who would give up liberty for safety deserve neither.

--Benjamin Franklin

Longer Version:

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.


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The way to be safe is never to be secure.

--Benjamin Franklin
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If you, do what you should not, you must bear what you would not.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Little strokes fell great oaks.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and governments.

--Benjamin Franklin
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When women cease to be handsome, they study to be good.

--Benjamin Franklin
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There is no little enemy.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Hear no ill of a friend, nor speak any of an enemy.

--Benjamin Franklin
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The best is the cheapest.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Life is a kind of Chess, with struggle, competition, good and ill events.

--Benjamin Franklin
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The King's cheese is half wasted in parings: But no matter, 'tis made of the people's milk.

--Benjamin Franklin
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One good husband is worth two good wives, for the scarcer things are, the more they are valued.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy.

--Benjamin Franklin
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If you would keep your secret from an enemy, tell it not to a friend.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Of learned Fools I have seen ten times ten,
Of unlearned wise men I have seen a hundred.

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

--Benjamin Franklin

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If you teach a poor young man to shave himself, and keep his razor in order, you may contribute more to the happiness of his life than in giving him a thousand guineas.

--Benjamin Franklin

Longer Version:

If you teach a poor young man to shave himself, and keep his razor in order, you may contribute more to the happiness of his life than in giving him a thousand guineas. This sum may be soon spent, the regret only remaining of having foolishly consumed it; but in the other case, he escapes the frequent vexation of waiting for barbers, and of their sometimes dirty fingers, offensive breaths, and dull razors.


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

--Benjamin Franklin
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Little boats should keep near shore.

--Benjamin Franklin

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If you wouldn't live long, live well; for folly and wickedness shorten life.

--Benjamin Franklin
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In the conduct of my newspaper, I carefully excluded all libeling and personal abuse, which is of late years become so disgraceful to our country.

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

--Benjamin Franklin
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Fear not death; for the sooner we die, the longer shall we be immortal.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Keep flax from fire, and youth from gaming.

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

--Benjamin Franklin
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For Age and Want save while you may; No morning Sun lasts a whole day.

--Benjamin Franklin
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There will be sleeping enough in the grave.

--Benjamin Franklin

Longer Version:

There will be sleeping enough in the grave..


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A temperate Diet frees from Diseases; such are seldom ill, but if they are surprised with Sickness, they bear it better, and recover sooner; for most Distempers have their Original from Repletion.

--Benjamin Franklin
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A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Life biggest tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

--Benjamin Franklin
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If better is possible, good is not enough.

--Benjamin Franklin
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What good shall I do this day?

--Benjamin Franklin
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Practice makes perfect.

--Benjamin Franklin
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You can do anything you set your mind to.

--Benjamin Franklin
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He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.

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

--Benjamin Franklin
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He that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Clean your Finger, before you point at my Spots.

--Benjamin Franklin
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I will speak ill of no man and speak all the good I know of everybody.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Fish and Visitors stink in 3 days.

--Benjamin Franklin


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

--Benjamin Franklin
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Reading was the only amusement I allowed myself.

--Benjamin Franklin
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If Passion drives, let Reason hold the Reins.

--Benjamin Franklin
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A friend in need is a friend indeed!

--Benjamin Franklin
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The people heard it, and approved the doctrine, and immediately practiced the contrary.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Write to Please Yourself.
When You write to Please Others
You end up Pleasing No one.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Speak little, do much.

--Benjamin Franklin
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For the best return on your money, pour your purse into your head.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

--Benjamin Franklin
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To be humble to superiors is a duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Contentment makes poor men rich,
Discontent makes rich men poor.

--Benjamin Franklin
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The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.

--Benjamin Franklin

Longer Version:

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



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But in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

--Benjamin Franklin
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When you are finished changing, you're finished.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Never confuse Motion with Action.

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

--Benjamin Franklin
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The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn't know how to read.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Hide not your talents, they for use were made,
What's a sundial in the shade?

--Benjamin Franklin
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In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.

--Benjamin Franklin
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Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.

--Benjamin Franklin
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If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!

--Benjamin Franklin
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If you want to make a friend, let someone do you a favor.

--Benjamin Franklin
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It is the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.

--Benjamin Franklin
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A long life may not be good enough, but a good life is long enough.

--Benjamin Franklin

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The noblest question in the world is: 'What good may I do in it?'

--Benjamin Franklin
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You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.

--Benjamin Franklin
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It is very hard to dislike someone you have helped.

--Benjamin Franklin
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The best tranquilizer is a clear conscience.

--Benjamin Franklin

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