Benjamin Franklin

“After crosses and losses, men grow humbler and wiser.”

“Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbours, and let every New-Year find you a better Man.”

“The Cat in Gloves catches no Mice.”

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

“A dying man can do nothing easy.” [Franklin said this when his daughter asked him to change his position in the bed as he lay dying.]

“Eat to live, and not live to eat.”

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

“Fish and Visitors stink after three days.”

“Genius without education is like silver in the mine.”

“He is not well bred, that cannot bear Ill-Breeding in others.”

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

“Men meet. Mountains never.”

“Since I cannot govern my own Tongue tho’ within my own teeth, how can I hope to govern the Tongues of others?”

“There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.”

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

“Time is an herb that cures all diseases.”

“Who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.”

“Write Injuries in Dust, Benefits in Marble.”