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SummaryBenjamin Franklin (born in Boston, Massachusetts Bay, died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was a famous Politician from USA, who lived between January 17, 1706 and April 17, 1790. He became 84 years old.
BiographyHe was one of the leaders of the American Revolution, and he is also remembered for his experiments with electricity.
Benjamin was the fifteenth of 17 siblings. He soon had to start working, as 12-year-old boy he started working as a soap-maker and a candle-maker at he's fathers shop. He received his education in London, and afterwards he started his own print shop in Philadelphia. It was soon to become one of the best. There, he started the company that twelve men discussed politics and science, and this group he started with his electrical experiments. He realized that lightning was the discharge, and proposed to put a man on a resin plate on top of a tower to test whether the clouds were electric. This led later to at least one fatality. Franklin himself created the world's first lightning rod, and invented bifocal glasses and an instrument called glassharmonika.
Benjamin Franklin was the first to suggest daylight saving time. It happened in an essay as early as 1784, but it was not introduced before the First World War
Benjamin Franklin was Unitarian.
He is known for the phrase "time is money" from the book Advice to a young tradesman.
Zodiac etc.He is born under the zodiac capricorn, who is known for Determination, Dominance, Perservering, Practical, Willful. Our collection contains 163 quotes who is written / told by Benjamin, under the main topics: Happiness, Beauty, Food, Funny, Home.
Here is some other popular authors who lived in the same timeframe: Catherine II, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, William Ellery Channing, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Napoleon Bonaparte, William Hazlitt, Thomas Jefferson, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Johann Gottfried von Herder, Benjamin West, John Hancock, John Mason Good, Mikhail Kutuzov, Arthur Phillip, Christopher Smart, Henry Rutgers, Johann Pestalozzi, Henry Benedict Stuart, Thomas Spence, Joshua Barney
Source / external links:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin
Famous quotes by Benjamin Franklin (163)
"Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances"
"There are three faithful friends - an old wife, an old dog, and ready money"
"A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body"
"He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees"
"Gain may be temporary and uncertain; but ever while you live, expense is constant and certain: and it is easier to build two chimneys than to keep one in fuel"
"For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise"
"Buy what thou hast no need of and ere long thou shalt sell thy necessities"
"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man"
"At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment"
"As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence"
"And whether you're an honest man, or whether you're a thief, depends on whose solicitor has given me my brief"
"All who think cannot but see there is a sanction like that of religion which binds us in partnership in the serious work of the world"
"All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move"
"A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave"
"A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges"
"Most people return small favors, acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones - with ingratitude"
"Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants"
"Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five"
"I should have no objection to go over the same life from its beginning to the end: requesting only the advantage authors have, of correcting in a second edition the faults of the first"
"We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately"
"Human felicity is produced not as much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen as by little advantages that occur every day"
"How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them"
"Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good"
"There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous"
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn"
"I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things"
"He that displays too often his wife and his wallet is in danger of having both of them borrowed"
"Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of"
"Never take a wife till thou hast a house (and a fire) to put her in"
"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes"
"I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning"
"Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones"
"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing"
"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else"
"When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?"
"Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow"
"Those who govern, having much business on their hands, do not generally like to take the trouble of considering and carrying into execution new projects. The best public measures are therefore seldom adopted from previous wisdom, but forced by the occasion"
"It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow"
"He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money"
"He that has done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged"
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety"
"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning"
"Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody"
"Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage"
"We are more thoroughly an enlightened people, with respect to our political interests, than perhaps any other under heaven. Every man among us reads, and is so easy in his circumstances as to have leisure for conversations of improvement and for acquiring information"
"Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease"
"Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest"
"Tomorrow, every Fault is to be amended; but that Tomorrow never comes"
"To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions"
"The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself"
"The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance"
"Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment"
"Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it"
"Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain the lazy one never"
"It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it"
"It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man"
"It is the eye of other people that ruin us. If I were blind I would want, neither fine clothes, fine houses or fine furniture"
"It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth"
"If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher's stone"
"If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality"
"If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed"
"If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him"
"If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles"
"I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up"
"Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?"
"He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stand a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure too"