Benjamin Franklin

Quotations

Three can keep a secret, if two are dead.

The honest man takes pains, and then enjoys pleasures; the knave takes pleasure, and then suffers pain.

I hope…that mankind will at length, as they call themselves reasonable creatures, have reason and sense enough to settle their differences without cutting throats; for in my opinion there never was a good war, or a bad peace.

From a letter to Sir Joseph Banks, July 27, 1783

It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.

Poor Richard's Almanac

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

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

inscribed on a plaque in the stairwell of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty

Well done is better than well said.

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

Pennsylvania Assembly: Reply to the Governor, November 11, 1755.