Ben Franklin Quotes

Benjamin Franklin (1706 –1790) was a political theorist, scientist, inventor, statesman, civic activist, diplomat and a Founding Father of the U.S.

Franklin was famous for his theories and discoveries, especially those related to bifocals, lightning rod, and Franklin stove. The first fire department and the first public lending library in Pennsylvania were formed by Franklin. Franklin was the first U.S. Ambassador to France and spokesman in England for several colonies.

Ben Franklin Quotes

When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.

— Benjamin Franklin

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.

— Benjamin Franklin

Where there is Hunger, Law is not regarded; and where Law is not regarded, there will be Hunger.

— Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack (1755)

I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.

— Benjamin Franklin

We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.

— Benjamin Franklin

Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.

— Benjamin Franklin

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.

— Benjamin Franklin, On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor; 29 November 1766

It would be a hard government that should tax its people one-tenth part of their income.

— Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1758

Rather go to bed supperless than rise in debt.

— Benjamin Franklin

Well done is better than well said.

— Benjamin Franklin

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

— Benjamin Franklin

Where liberty is, there is my country.

— Benjamin Franklin

Our Constitution is in actual operation; everything appears to promise that it will last; but in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.

— Benjamin Franklin