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Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)
US author, diplomat, inventor, physicist, politician, & printer [more author details]
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Perhaps the history of the errors of mankind, all things considered, is more valuable and interesting than that of their discoveries. Truth is uniform and narrow; it constantly exists, and does not seem to require so much an active energy, as a passive aptitude of the soul in order to encounter it. But error is endlessly diversified; it has no reality, but is the pure and simple creation of the mind that invents it. In this field the soul has room enough to expand herself, to display all her boundless faculties, and all her beautiful and interesting extravagancies and absurdities.
Benjamin Franklin, from his report to the King of France on Animal Magnetism, 1784
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
But in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
Benjamin Franklin, Letter to Jean Baptiste Le Roy (1789)
Take it from Richard, poor and lame,
what's begun in anger ends in shame.
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac
Fish and visitors smell in three days.
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1736
To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1737
Wish not so much to live long as to live well.
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1738
Creditors have better memories than debtors.
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richardís Almanac (1758)

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