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Leisure is Time for doing something useful; this Leisure the diligent Man will obtain but the lazy Man never.

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“The Way to Wealth” (7 Jul 1757)
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In short, we can judge by nothing but Appearances, and they are very apt to deceive us. Some put on a gay chearful Outside, and appear to the World perfectly at Ease, tho’ even then, some inward Sting, some secret Pain imbitters all their Joys, and makes the Balance even: Others appear continually dejected and full of Sorrow; but even Grief itself is sometimes pleasant, and Tears are not always without their Sweetness: Besides, Some take a Satisfaction in being thought unhappy, (as others take a Pride in being thought humble,) these will paint their Misfortunes to others in the strongest Colours, and leave no Means unus’d to make you think them thoroughly miserable; so great a Pleasure it is to them to be pitied; Others retain the Form and outside Shew of Sorrow, long after the Thing itself, with its Cause, is remov’d from the Mind; it is a Habit they have acquir’d and cannot leave.

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“A Dissertation on Liberty and Necessity” (1725)
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I believe long habits of virtue have a sensible effect on the countenance.

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“Busy-Body Papers,” American Weekly Mercury (18 Feb 1729)
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You philosophers are sages in your maxims, and fools in your conduct.

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“Dialogue Between Franklin and the Gout” (22 Oct 1780)
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Morality or Virtue is the end, faith only a Means to obtain that end: And if the end be obtained, it is no matter by what means.

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“Dialogue Between Two Presbyterians” (1735)
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The body of Benjamin Franklin, Printer (like the cover of an old book, its contents torn out and stripped of its lettering and gilding), lies here, food for worms; but the work shall not be lost, for it will (as he believed) appear once more in a new and more elegant edition, revised and corrected by the author.

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“Epitaph on Himself” (1778)

Variant words (and format):

The body of
B. Franklin
Printer
Like the cover of an old book,
its contents torn out,
and stripped of its lettering and gilding,
lies here, food for worms.
But the work shall not be wholly lost;
for it will, as he believed, appear once more,
in a new and more perfect edition
corrected and amended
by the Author.

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Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us. Its appetite grows keener by indulgence and all we can gratify it with at present serves but the more to inflame its insatiable desires.

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“On True Happiness,” The Pennsylvania Gazette (20 Nov 1735)
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Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety

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“Reply to the Governor,” Pennsylvania Assembly (11 Nov 1755)

Also given as, "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." (cited Historical Review of Pennsylvania (1759))
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There will be enough sleeping in the Grave.

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“The Way of Wealth” (7 Jul 1756)

See also.
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It is easier to suppress the first Desire than to satisfy all that follow it.

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Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it.

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Hear reason, or she’ll make you feel her.

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He who multiplies riches multiplies cares.

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Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it.

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If we take care of the minutes, the years will take care of themselves.

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There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.

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I haven’t failed, I’ve found ten thousand ways that don’t work.

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(also attrib. Thomas Edison)
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Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

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Actually a paraphrase from an undated letter to the Abbe Morallet: "We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana, as of a miracle.  But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes.  Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy!" [tr. from French]

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

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The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but still ’tis nonsense.

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It is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.

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You may delay, but Time will not.

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We must all hang together, or most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.

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Attributed remark at the signing of the Declaration of Independence (4 Jul 1776)
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Carelessness does more harm than a want of knowledge.

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So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do.

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A perfect character might be attended with the inconveniences of being envied and hated; … a benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself, to keep his friends in contenance.

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Were it offered to my choice, I should have no objection to a repetition of the same life from its beginning, only asking the advantages authors have in a second edition to correct some faults in the first.

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Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly and, if you speak, speak accordingly.

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Autobiography, Virtue #7 “Sincerity,” 1784 (1798)
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Being ignorant is not so much a Shame, as being unwilling to learn.

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In Christmas feasting pray take care;
Let not your table be a Snare;
But with the Poor God’s Bounty share.

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Silence is not always a Sign of Wisdom, but Babbling is ever a Mark of Folly.

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‘Tis easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.

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Up, Sluggard, and waste not life;
in the grave will be sleeping enough.

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A good example is the best sermon.

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It is Ill-manners to silence a fool, and Cruelty to let him go on.

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

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Do good to thy friend to keep him, to thy enemy to gain him.

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Contentment makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.

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Who has deceived thee so oft as thyself?

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Children and Princes will quarrel for Trifles.

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Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.

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Take this remark from Richard poor and lame,
Whate’er’s begun in anger ends in shame.

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He that can have patience can have what he will.

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Poor Richard’s Almanack (1736)

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Admiration is the Daughter of Ignorance.

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Honest Men often go to Law for their Right; when Wise Men would sit down with the Wrong, supposing the first Loss least. In some Countries the Course of the Courts is so tedious, and the Expence so high, that the Remedy, Justice, is worse than, Injustice, the Disease. In my Travels I once saw a Sign call’d The Two Men at Law; One of them was painted on one Side, in a melancholy Posture, all in Rags, with this Scroll, I have lost my Cause. The other was drawn capering for Joy, on the other Side, with these Words, I have gain’d my Suit; but he was stark naked.

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Many a long dispute among Divines may be thus abridg’d, It is so; It is not so. It is so; It is not so.

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A little well-gotten will do us more good,
Than lordships and scepters by Rapine and Blood.

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How many observe Christ’s Birth-day! How few, his Precepts! O! ’tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments.

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Poor Richard’s Almanack (1743)

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The World is full of fools and faint hearts; and yet every one has courage enough to bear the misfortunes, and wisdom enough to manage the Affairs of his neighbour.

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Men differ daily, about things which are subject to Sense, is it likely then they should agree about things invisible.

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Beware, beware! he’ll cheat ‘ithout scruple, who can without fear.

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Tart words make no friends; a spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.

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From Giovanni Torriano, Italian Proverbs (1666): "Honey catches more flies than vinegar."
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He is not well-bred, that cannot bear Ill-Breeding in others.

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Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.

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He that is of Opinion Money will do every Thing, may well be suspected of doing every Thing for Money.

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See also Halifax.
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Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbours, and let every New-Year find you a better Man.

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

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Experience keeps a dear school, yet fools will learn in no other.

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

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Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.

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Act uprightly, and despise Calumny; Dirt may stick to a Mud Wall, but not to polish’d Marble.

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The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.

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Most People return small Favors, acknowledge middling ones, and repay great ones with Ingratitude.

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You may delay, but Time will not.

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Necessity never made a good bargain.

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Observe all men; thy self most.

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If you would keep your Secret from an enemy, tell it not to a friend.

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Genius without education is like silver in the mine.

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‘Tis a great Confidence in a Friend to tell him your Faults, greater to tell him his.

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The noblest question in the world is,
What Good may I do in it?

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Experience keeps a dear school, yet Fools will learn in no other.

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Success has ruined many a man.

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Tell me my Faults, and mend your own.

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Setting too good an Example is a Kind of Slander seldom forgiven.

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If you would be loved, love and be lovable.

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See Ovid.
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Blame-all and Praise-all are two blockheads.

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Who has deceiv’d thee so oft as thy self?

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A Man without a Wife is but half a Man.

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Distrust and caution are the parents of security.

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Sloth and Silence are a Fool’s Virtues.

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Three may keep a Secret if two of them are dead.

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Sloth (like Rust) consumes faster than Labor wears:
the used Key is always bright.

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Anger is never without a Reason,
But seldom with a good One.

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Tomorrow, every Fault is to be amended;
but that Tomorrow never comes.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist, philosopher
Poor Richard’s Almanack (Jul 1756)
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Would you persuade, speak of Interest, not of Reason.

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Nothing but Money
Is sweeter than Honey.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist, philosopher
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Good Sense is Thing all need, few have,
and none think they lack.

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Poor Richard’s Almanack (Jun 1746)
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Mankind are very odd Creatures: One Half censure what they practice, the other half practice what they censure; the rest always say and do as they ought.

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Poor Richard’s Almanack (Jun 1752)
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Calamity and Prosperity are the Touchstones of Integrity.

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When Reason preaches, if you won’t hear her, she’ll box your Ears.

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Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults.

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Where there’s Marriage without Love, there will be Love without Marriage.

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Poor Richard’s Almanack (May 1734)
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Well done is better than well said.

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Poor Richard’s Almanack (May 1737)
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If you’d be not forgotten
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worth reading,
or do things worth the writing.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist, philosopher
Poor Richard’s Almanack (May 1738)
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If Passion drives, let Reason hold the Reins.

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The honest Man takes Pains, and then enjoys Pleasures;
the Knave takes Pleasure, and then suffers Pains.

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Work as if you were to live 100 years.
Pray as if you were to die Tomorrow.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist, philosopher
Poor Richard’s Almanack (May 1757)
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A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.

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None but the well-bred man knows how to confess a fault, or acknowledge himself in error.

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A Mob’s a Monster; Heads enough, but no Brains.

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Diligence overcomes Difficulties; Sloth makes them.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist, philosopher
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Happiness depends more on the inward Disposition of Mind than on the outward Circumstances.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist, philosopher
Poor Richard’s Almanack (Nov 1757)
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A soft Tongue may strike hard.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist, philosopher
Poor Richard’s Almanack (Oct 1744)
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Most fools think they are only ignorant.

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Poor Richard’s Almanack (Oct 1748)
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Nine men in ten are suicides.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist, philosopher
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Hide not your Talents, they for Use were made.
What’s a Sun-Dial in the Shade?

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Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist, philosopher
Poor Richard’s Almanack (Oct 1750)
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To serve the Public faithfully, and at the same time please it entirely, is impracticable.

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Who is wise? He that learns from every One. Who is powerful? He that governs his Passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.

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Poor Richard’s Almanack (Jul 1755)
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Human Felicity is produc’d not so much by great Pieces of good Fortune that seldom happen, as by little Advantages that occur every day.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist, philosopher
The Autobiography of Ben Franklin (1771-1790)

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How convenient does it prove to be a rational animal, that knows how to find or invent a plausible pretext for whatever it has an inclination so to do.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist, philosopher
The Life of Benjamin Franklin (1791)
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Often paraphrased: "Man is a rational animal. He can think up a reason for anything he wants to believe." Sometimes attributed to Anatole France.
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Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist, philosopher
Letter #8 from “Silence Dogood” (pseud.), in The New-England Courant, Boston (9 Jul 1722)

Inscribed on Cox Corridor II, first floor House corridor, U.S. Capitol.
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We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist, philosopher
Letter to Abbé Morellet (1779)
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I think vital Religion has always suffer’d, when Orthodoxy is more regarded than Virtue. And the Scripture assures me, that at the last Day, we shall not be examin’d what we thought, but what we did; and our Recommendation will not be that we said Lord, Lord, but that we did Good to our Fellow Creatures.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist, philosopher
Letter to Abiah Franklin (father) (13 Apr 1738)

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