Benjamin Franklin was a man of many talents—statesmen, author, inventor, and activist. Franklin also had a way with words, crafting a huge collection of memorable quotes that remain popular today. In celebration of the 305th anniversary of Franklin’s birth, we look back on ten of the Founding Father’s most memorable quotes.
“Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it.”
“Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half-shut afterwards.”
“Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.”
“Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late”
“The sleeping fox catches no poultry.”
“Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn.”
“Take time for all things; great haste makes great waste.”
“Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults.”
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
“Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.”
A huge collection of Benjamin Franklin quotes at Answers.com.
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