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List W – Benjamin Franklin – Quotes


  1. Wars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes later.

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

  3. 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.

  4. We must hang together, gentlemen…else, we shall most assuredly hang separately.

  5. We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.

  6. Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it.

  7. Well done is better than well said.

  8. Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.

  9. When befriended, remember it; when you befriend, forget it.

  10. When in doubt, don’t.

  11. When men and woman die, as poets sung, his heart’s the last part moves, her last, the tongue.

  12. When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?

  13. When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.

  14. Where liberty is, there is my country.

  15. Where sense is wanting, everything is wanting.

  16. Where there is a free government, and the people make their own laws by their representatives, I see no injustice in their obliging one another to take their own paper money.

  17. Where there’s marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.

  18. Who had deceived thee so often as thyself?

  19. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.

  20. Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion.

  21. 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.

  22. Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.

  23. Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it.

  24. Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.

  25. Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.

  26. Words may show a man’s wit but actions his meaning.

  27. Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.

  28. Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble.

  29. Write your injuries in dust, your benefits in marble.

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