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Ben Franklinisms


Charlottesville

April 14, 2021


Lots of wisdom here:


“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”


“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.”

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

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

“He that can have patience can have what he will.”

“You may delay, but time will not.”

“A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned”

“Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five.”

“Never ruin an apology with an excuse.”

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”

“Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal.”

“I didn't fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.”

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”

“Well done is better than well said.”

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

“It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.”

“Lost Time is never found again.”

“Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.”

“If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.”

“I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed...that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”

“The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”

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