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December 8, 2010 / compassioninpolitics

The Best Ben Franklin Quotes

Ben Franklin on Education and Lifelong Learning

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
Benjamin Franklin

When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.
Benjamin Franklin

Energy and persistence conquer all things.
Benjamin Franklin

Ben Franklin on Wealth, Budgeting, and Materialism

It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth.
Benjamin Franklin

Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it.
Benjamin Franklin

A penny saved is a penny earned.
Benjamin Franklin

Ben Franklin on Public Policy and Governance

Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.
Benjamin Franklin

The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.
Benjamin Franklin

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

We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.
Benjamin Franklin

While I don’t agree with 100% of what Franklin says (and he’s certainly hyperbolic at times), I think his life of self-development, self-education, and invention is quite interesting (and inspiring).


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  1. Nathan Ketsdever / Dec 9 2010 3:10 am

    It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.
    Benjamin Franklin

    Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
    Ben Franklin

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