Quotes from Ben Franklin

Chris uses many of Ben’s favorite sayings during his presentations but here are a select few of his favorites.

Benjamin Franklin On Love:

  • Where there is marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.
  • He that falls in love with himself shall have no rivals.
  • Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.

Benjamin Franklin On friendship:

  • Tart words make no friends; a spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.
  • A true friend is the best possession.
  • The loss of friends is the tax a man pays for living long, himself. I find it is a heavy one.

Benjamin Franklin On Health and Wellness:

  • In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.
  • To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.

Benjamin Franklin On Religion:

  • Serving God is doing good to Man, but praying is thought an easier service and therefore more generally chosen.
  • A good example is the best sermon.
  • Many have quarreled about religion that have never practiced it.
  • None preaches better than the ant, and she says nothing.

Benjamin Franklin On War and Diplomacy:

  • There never was a good war or a bad peace.
  • Those who in quarrels interpose must often wipe a bloody nose.
  • We learn by chess that if you have incautiously put your men into a bad or dangerous position, you cannot obtain your enemy’s permission to withdraw your troops, but must suffer the consequences of your rashness.

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