Quotations by Benjamin Franklin


What science can there be more noble, more excellent, more useful for men, more admirably high and demonstrative than mathematics.

An undutiful daughter will prove an unmanageable wife.
Quoted in Des MacHale, Wisdom (London, 2002).

If you want a thing done, go. If not, send.
Quoted in Des MacHale, Wisdom (London, 2002).

If you would keep a secret from an enemy, do not tell it to a friend.
Quoted in Des MacHale, Wisdom (London, 2002).

Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.
Quoted in Des MacHale, Wisdom (London, 2002).

The most exquisite folly is made of wisdom spun too fine.
Quoted in Des MacHale, Wisdom (London, 2002).

There never was a good war, or a bad peace.
Quoted in Des MacHale, Wisdom (London, 2002).

Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.
Quoted in Des MacHale, Wisdom (London, 2002).

Man is a tool-making animal
quoted in Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson

All mankind is divided into three classes: those who are immovable, those who are movable; and those who move.


JOC/EFR February 2006

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