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List A – Benjamin Franklin – Quotes


  1. A child thinks 20 shillings and 20 years can scarce ever be spent.

  2. A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.

  3. A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines.

  4. A good conscience is a continual Christmas.

  5. A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.

  6. A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.

  7. A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.

  8. A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.

  9. A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.

  10. A penny saved is a penny earned.

  11. A penny saved is two pence clear.

  12. A place for everything, everything in its place.

  13. Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.

  14. All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.

  15. All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.

  16. 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.

  17. An egg today is better than a hen to-morrow.

  18. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

  19. And whether you’re an honest man, or whether you’re a thief, depends on whose solicitor has given me my brief.

  20. Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.

  21. Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do.

  22. Applause waits on success.

  23. As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously.

  24. As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.

  25. At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.

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