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“Write with the learned, pronounce with the vulgar.”

 

Benjamin Franklin

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

 

Benjamin Franklin

“My refusing to eat flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chid for my singularity.”

 

Benjamin Franklin

“Those who are content have enough; those that complain, have too much.”

 

Benjamin Franklin

“What maintains one vice would bring up two children.”

 

Benjamin Franklin

“A child thinks 20 shillings and 20 years can never be spent.”

 

Benjamin Franklin

“If this lady is pleased to spend her days with Franklin, he would be just as pleased to spend his nights with her.”

 

Benjamin Franklin

“Remember this Saying, ‘That the good Paymaster is Lord of another Man’s Purse.’ He that is known to pay punctually and exactly to the Time he promises, may at any Time, and on any Occasion, raise all the Money his Friends can spare.”

 

Benjamin Franklin

“Our friend and we were invited aboard on a party of pleasure, which is to last forever. His chair was ready first, and he has gone before us. We could not all conveniently start together; and why should you and I be grieved at this, since we are soon to follow, and know where to find him.”

 

Benjamin Franklin

“Ben Franklin was a little stout later in life and it was said that in Paris a young woman, tapping him on his protruding abdomen, said,”Dr. Franklin, if this were on a woman, we’d know what to think.” And Franklin replied,”Half an hour ago, Mademoiselle, it was on a woman, and now what do you think?””

 

Benjamin Franklin

“”We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable” in a draft of the Declaration of Independence changes it instead into an assertion of rationality. The scientific mind of Franklin drew on the scientific determinism of Isaac Newton and the analytic empiricism of David Hume and Gottfried Leibniz. In what became known as “Hume’s Fork” the latters’ theory distinguished between synthetic truths that describe matters of fact, and analytic truths that are self-evident by virtue of reason and definition.”

 

Benjamin Franklin

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

 

Benjamin Franklin

“The most exquisite folly is made of wisdom spun too fine.”

 

Benjamin Franklin

“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.”

 

Benjamin Franklin

“What you would seem to be, be really.”

 

Benjamin Franklin

“Man is a tool-making animal”

 

Benjamin Franklin

“[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.”

 

Benjamin Franklin

“We are not certain, we are never certain. If we were we could reach some conclusions, and we could, at last, make others take us seriously.In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

 

Benjamin Franklin

“An infallible Remedy for the Tooth-ach, viz Wash the Root of an aching Tooth, in Elder Vinegar, and let it dry half an hour in the Sun; after which it will never ach more; Probatum est.”

 

Benjamin Franklin