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Benjamin Franklin
American politician, diplomat, inventor, and scientist
(1706-90)



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They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
-- Benjamin Franklin, 1776

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.
-- Benjamin Franklin

When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.
-- Benjamin Franklin

Necessity never made a good bargain.
-- Poor Richard's Almanac (1735)

At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; at forty, the judgement.
-- Poor Richard's Almanac (1741)

He that lives on hope will die fasting.
-- Poor Richard's Almanac (1758)

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

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
-- Benjamin Franklin

He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.
-- Benjamin Franklin

Courteous Reader, Remember that time is money.
--Advice to a Young Tradesman (1748)

We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.
-- Speaking at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, 4 July 1776

There was never a good war or a bad peace.
-- Letter to John Quincey, 11 September 1783

Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in the world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes"
-- Letter to Jean Baptiste le Roy, 13 November 1789


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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