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Ben Franklin and Some of His Famous Quotes

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Ben Franklin was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, an author, an inventor, a statesman, a publisher and a ladies’ man. He published the Poor Richard’s Almanac, which in its day was extremely popular. It gave Franklin a vehicle for the many quotes he wrote. In 1789, he published one of his more famous that we still use today.

I’m sure you have heard or said at one time or another, ‘The only thing certain is death and taxes”. That is a ‘Franklin’. Some of his other more famous quotes: 

‘Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise’.

‘Never leave till tomorrow which you can do today’.

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

‘To lengthen thy Life, lessen thy meals’.

‘Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing’.

‘A penny saved is a penny earned’.

‘Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy of none’.

‘Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.’

Here are some of his more funny quotes.

‘The first mistake in public business is going into it’.

‘A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats’.

‘A fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do’.

‘All cats are grey in the dark’.

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