Benjamin Franklin, as well as being one of America’s founding fathers, was a prolific inventor, author and philosopher. He is the source of a number of keen one and two line observations on human nature, life, politics and business. Here are some of his great remarks:
“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”
“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”
“Lost time is never found again.”
“It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.”
“All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.”
“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”
“He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.”
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
“Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.”
Sometimes, the words of another person can connect you with a great thinker and help you keep perspective, challenge you, inspire you, energize you, or just make you think.
I hope that taking a few minute out of your day to contemplate the wise words of Ben Franklin has provided a brief oasis in your busy day. Happy Birthday, Ben ... thanks for making us smile; thanks for making us think.