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Ben Franklin Quotes

Here are some Ben Franklin quotes. Most of these were first published in Poor Richard’s Almanac, which Franklin produced.

A little neglect may breed great mischief… for want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost.

Necessity never made a good bargain.

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

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.

When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that’s the stuff life is made of.

Little strokes, Fell great oaks.

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

A word to the wise is enough, and many words won’t fill a bushel.

To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.


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