Quotes by Benjamin Franklin

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other, and some scarce in that.


Always taking out of the tub and never putting in, one soon comes to the bottom. When the well is dry, they know the worth of water.

Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it.

The way to wealth, if you desire it, is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality.

Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.

Creditors have better memories than debtors.

A change of fortune hurts a wise man no more than a change of the moon.

But ah! think what you do when you run into debt. You give to another power over your liberty. If you cannot pay on time, you will be ashamed to see your creditor; you will make poor pitiful sneaking excuses, and by degrees, come to lose your veracity, and sink into base downright lying. Whereas a free born Englishman ought not to be ashamed nor afraid to see or speak to any man living.

He that hath a trade hath an estate.

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