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Benjamin Franklin said many wise and humorous things. Below is a sampling of some of his more famous quotes.

Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.

Beware of the young doctor and the old barber.

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.

Drive thy business or it will drive thee.

Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.

Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to get leisure.

He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.

He that lives upon hope will die fasting.

Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sun-dial in the shade?

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Experience is a dear teacher, and only fools will learn from no other.

Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.

Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.

The absent are never without fault. Nor the present without excuse.

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.

Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.

He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.

If you would know the value of money try to borrow some.


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