Benjamin Franklin

United States
17 Jan 1706 // 17 Apr 1790


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The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse
Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste
Never confuse motion with action
Necessity never made a good bargain
Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one
Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants
Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five
Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it
Lost time is never found again
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