Trouble springs from idleness and grievous toil from needless ease.
It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.
A small leak can sink a great ship.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.
The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it.
He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.
Energy and persistence alter all things.
Most people return small favors, acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones -- with ingratitude.
O.S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass 'armonica'. He formed both the first public lending library in America and first fire department in Pennsylvania. He was an early proponent of colonial unity and as a political writer and activist he, more than anyone, invented the idea of an American nation and as a diplomat during the American Revolution, he secured the French alliance that helped to make independence possible.
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Franklin is credited as being foundational to the roots of American values and character, a marriage of the practical and democratic Puritan values of thrift, hard work, education, community spirit, self-governing institutions, and opposition to authoritarianism both political and religious, with the scientific and tolerant values of the Enlightenment. In the words of Henry Steele Commager, "In Franklin could be merged the virtues of Puritanism without its defects, the illumination of the Enlightenment without its heat. To Walter Isaacson, this makes Franklin, "the most accomplished American of his age and the most influential in inventing the type of society America would become.