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Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He is the only Founding Father who is a signatory of four of the major documents: the Declaration of Independence, the Franco-American Treaty, the Treaty of Paris and the United States Constitution.

953. Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.
954. In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
955. A place for everything, everything in its place.
956. A soft tongue may strike hard.
957. Those who in quarrels interpose, must often wipe a bloody nose.
958. To err is human, to repent divine, to persist devilish.
959. Necessity never made a good bargain.
960. There never was a good war or a bad peace.
961. Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody.
962. If you will not hear reason, she will surely rap your knuckles.

646. Diligence is the mother of luck.
647. Anger is never without a reason, but seldom a good one.
648. Perhaps the history of the errors of mankind, all things considered, is more valuable and interesting than that of their discoveries.
649. Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
650. Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.
651. When in doubt, don't.
652. Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it.
653. An egg today is better than a hen tomorrow.
503. Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
504. He that is of the opinion that money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
505. Well done is better than well said.
506. A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
507. A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
507. Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.
508. Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom - and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.
509. It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.
8. Take this remark from Richard poor and lame, Whate'er's begun in anger ends in shame. - (Richard is the pseudonym of 'Poor Richard's Almanack' published by Benjamin Franklin)"
9. Energy and persistence conquer all things.
10. 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.
11. You may delay, but time will not.
12. Content makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor.
13. Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
14. Do you love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.
15. Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.