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  1. I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion about the means. 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.” — Benjamin Franklin
  2. 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.” — Benjamin Franklin
  3. I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” — Benjamin Franklin
  4. I guess I don’t so much mind being old, as I mind being fat and old.” — Benjamin Franklin
  5. I have never entered into any controversy in defense of my philosophical opinions; I leave them to take their chance in the world. If they are right, truth and experience will support them; if wrong, they ought to be refuted and rejected. Disputes are apt to sour one’s temper and disturb one’s quiet.” — Benjamin Franklin
  6. I have no private interest in the reception of my inventions by the world, having never made, nor proposed to make, the least profit by any of them.” — Benjamin Franklin
  7. I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning.” —Benjamin Franklin
  8. I saw few die of hunger; of eating, a hundred thousand.” — Benjamin Franklin
  9. 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.” — Benjamin Franklin
  10. 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.” — Benjamin Franklin
  11. If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.” — Benjamin Franklin
  12. If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him.” — Benjamin Franklin
  13. If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.” — Benjamin Franklin
  14. If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.” — Benjamin Franklin
  15. If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.” — Benjamin Franklin
  16. If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.” — Benjamin Franklin
  17. If you desire many things, many things will seem few.” — Benjamin Franklin
  18. If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher’s stone.” — Benjamin Franklin
  19. If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.” — Benjamin Franklin
  20. If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.” — Benjamin Franklin
  21. If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.” — Benjamin Franklin
  22. If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.” — Benjamin Franklin
  23. In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.” — Benjamin Franklin
  24. In my youth, I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, 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.” — Benjamin Franklin
  25. In reality, there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride.” — Benjamin Franklin
  26. In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it.” — Benjamin Franklin
  27. In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” — Benjamin Franklin
  28. Industry need not wish.” — Benjamin Franklin
  29. It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness and I pronounce it as certain that there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.” — Benjamin Franklin
  30. It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.” — Benjamin Franklin
  31. It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.” — Benjamin Franklin
  32. It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth.” — Benjamin Franklin
  33. 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.” — Benjamin Franklin
  34. It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.” — Benjamin Franklin
  35. It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” — Benjamin Franklin

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