Benjamin Franklin Quotes

He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security.

War is when the government tells you who the bad guy is.
Revolution is when you decide that for yourself.

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.

If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.

I have sometimes almost wished it had been my destiny to be born two or three centuries hence.

Make yourself sheep and the wolves will eat you.

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

The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all others, charity.

Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don’t have brains enough to be honest.

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
When you’re down to nothing, God is up to something. The faithful see the invisible, believe the incredible and then receive the impossible.
Where liberty dwells there is my country.

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

Little minds think and talk about people.
Average minds think and talk about things and actions.
Great minds think and talk about ideas.

Security without liberty is called prison.

This [the U.S. Constitution] is likely to be administered for a course of years and then end in despotism… when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.

A man must have a good deal of vanity who believes, and a good deal of boldness who affirms, that all the doctrines he holds are true, and all he rejects are false.

He that is rich need not live sparingly,
and he that can live sparingly need not be rich.

A good example is the best sermon.

The problem with doing nothing is not knowing when you’re finished.

Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.

There are many roads to success, but only one sure road to failure; and that is to try to please everyone else.

The world is run by the people who show up.

Plough deep while sluggards sleep.

Common sense without education, is better than education without common sense.

Success is the residue of planning.