Benjamin Franklin

United States
17 Jan 1706 // 17 Apr 1790


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Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it
Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody
Where sense is wanting, everything is wanting
When you're finished changing, you're finished
Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it
Wars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes later
Tomorrow every fault is to be amended; but tomorrow never comes
The use of money is all the advantage there is in having it
The learned fool writes nonsense in better language that the unlearned - but it's still nonsense
The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance
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