Great Benjamin Franklin Quotes

The good Education of Youth has been esteemed by wise Men in all Ages, as the surest Foundation of the Happiness both of private Families and of Common-wealth’s. Almost all Governments have therefore made it a principal Object of their Attention, to establish and endow with proper Revenues, such Seminaries of Learning, as might supply the succeeding Age with Men qualified to serve the Public with Honour to themselves, and to their Country.


We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.


An education is the investment with the greatest returns.


An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.


I think also, that general virtue is more probably to be expected and obtained from the education of youth, than from exhortations of adult persons; bad habits and vices of the mind being, like diseases of the body, more easily prevented than cured. I think moreover, that talents for the education of youth are the gift of God; and that he on whom they are bestowed, whenever a way is opened for use of them, is as strongly called as if he heard a voice from heaven.


A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.


If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.


Where there’s marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.


Flesh eating is unprovoked murder.


Dots thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.


Love well, whip well.


Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults.


There will be sleeping enough in the grave.


I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning.


There will be plenty of time to sleep once you are dead


Fatigue is the best pillow.


The sleeping fox catches no poultry.


Plough deep while sluggards sleep.


Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.


If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.