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Benjamin Franklin was born on Milk Street, in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17th, 1706. He was one of ten children born to Josiah Franklin. His father wanted him to attend school with the clergy, but could only afford to send him for two years. His schooling ended when he was ten. He worked for his father and at 12 he became an apprentice to his brother James, a printer, who taught him the printing trade. Franklin adopted the pseudonym of "Mrs. Silence Dogood" when denied the chance to write a letter to the paper for publication for The New-England Courant, founded by his brother James. Franklin became a fugitive by leaving his apprenticeship without permission. Franklin was renowned as both a skilled scientist/ inventor, and a revered politician. He was elected the 6th President of Pennsylvania and held office for three years. He was also the United States Minister to France, United States Minister to Sweden, the Postmaster General, and a member of the Pennsylvania Assembly. Franklin also had great success as an author via Poor Richard's Almanac, The Way to Wealth, and more. Franklin invented many creations, such as the lightning rod, the glass harmonica (this glass instrument is quite different from the metal harmonica), Franklin stove, bifocals, and the flexible urinary catheter. Franklin never patented any of his inventions. He is well-known for the quintessential image of flying a kite with a key attached, looking to have it struck by lightning. Benjamin Franklin died at the age of 84, in the year 1790.

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
Benjamin Franklin

Energy and persistence conquer all things.
Benjamin Franklin

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin

The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You
have to catch it yourself.
Benjamin Franklin

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.
Benjamin Franklin

Dilligence is the mother of good luck.
Benjamin Franklin

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
Benjamin Franklin

If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.
Benjamin Franklin

Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.
Benjamin Franklin

Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five.
Benjamin Franklin

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
Benjamin Franklin

Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain
failure.
Benjamin Franklin

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
Benjamin Franklin

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Benjamin Franklin

Well done is better than well said.
Benjamin Franklin

When you're finished changing, you're finished.
Benjamin Franklin

To the generous mind the heaviest debt is that of gratitude, when it is not in our power to
repay it.
Benjamin Franklin

Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
Benjamin Franklin

Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal.
Benjamin Franklin

He is ill clothed that is bare of virtue.
Benjamin Franklin

Drink does not drown care, but waters it, and makes it grow faster.
Benjamin Franklin

It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.
Benjamin Franklin

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
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Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.
Benjamin Franklin

Virtue and a trade, are a child's best portion.
Benjamin Franklin

A country man between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.
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A man in a passion rides a mad horse.
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Tim was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages. So ignorant, that he bought
a cow to ride on.
Benjamin Franklin

Our limited perspective, our hopes and fears become our measure of life, and when
circumstances don't fit our ideas, they become our difficulties.
Benjamin Franklin

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
Benjamin Franklin

Wish a miser long life, and you wish him no good.
Benjamin Franklin

Is there anything men take more pains about than to make themselves unhappy?
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God, parents, and instructors can never be requited.
Benjamin Franklin

He's the best physician that knows the worthlessness of most medicines.
Benjamin Franklin

Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble.
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As we must account for every idle word, so we must for every idle silence.
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You may be more happy than princes, if you will be more virtuous.
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He that rises late must trot all day.
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To be humble to superiors is duty; to equals courtesy; to inferiors nobleness.
Benjamin Franklin

As pride increases, fortune declines.
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He is not well-bred, that cannot bear ill-breeding in others.
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Mankind are very odd creatures: One half censure what they practise, the other half practise
what they censure; the rest always say and do as they ought.
Benjamin Franklin

Trust yourself, and another shall not betray you.
Benjamin Franklin

Duty is not beneficial because it is commanded, but it is commanded because it is beneficial.
Benjamin Franklin

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