American author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, diplomat, Founding Father (1706-1790)
Benjamin Franklin was an American polymath who was active as a writer, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, printer, publisher, and political philosopher. Among the leading intellectuals of his time, Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, a drafter and signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, and the first United States Postmaster General.
Benjamin Franklin Quotes Page 5
Many foxes grow gray but few grow good.
Necessity never made a good bargain.
Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed too severe, seldom executed.
Half a truth is often a great lie.
Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.
Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.
I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things.
A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.
There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.
It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness and I pronounce it as certain that there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.