One of the Founding Father of the United States, Benjamin Franklin is a greatly known personality all over the world. He was not only known for being a professional writer and a political philosopher but was also known for his role as an inventor, scientist, civic activist, and even as a statesman and a politician. He has invented a great deal of things the Franklin stove, bifocals, etc.
He was also an established postmaster, a humorist, and a diplomat among other things.
As a leading writer, Franklin has published ballads, articles, an autobiography, and so much more. Being such a great figure, he has also come up with innumerable famous quotations. Here is a list of them:
Better slip with foot than tongue.
The message of this quote is that once you say something, you cannot take your words back and even if you clear the air, some damage is still going to linger. This is why it is alright for you to slip while walking because it is better to have control over your tongue and not let that slip.
Well done is better than well said.
It means that actions tend to speak louder than words and that until and unless you match your words with your actions by actually doing it, they don’t hold much value.
He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
It means that if one is self-aware and in love with themselves, they won’t be needing anybody else’s validation and won’t have time to hate on anyone else. Thus they would have no haters.
No gains without pain.
Without failure, there won’t be any success. Similarly, you need to go through pain to receive gains, because a rainbow only appears after a storm.
Lost time is never found again
Time is precious, and once you lose it; it is not going to come back to you. For instance, if you miss a deadline, you won’t be able to make up for it, as that time has already passed. This is why it is of utter importance to use one’s time wisely and not take it for granted.
It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, but only one bad one to lose it.
It means that one must be careful of what they are doing, how and why, because one miscalculation, one wrong step and all that they have built will fall. This is why it is said that if you tell something good to someone, they might forget it, but they will always remember if it is something bad.
Never leave that till tomorrow, which you can do today.
Always tend to work that needs to be done at that time rather than procrastinating, for it will only pile up more work for you at the end of the day.
Diligence is the mother of good luck.
It means that thoroughness and preciseness will lead you to good luck as well as good work!
Whatever you do, make sure you give it your best and out all your efficiency, concentration, and productivity in it for a satisfactory result.
You may delay, but time will not.
This again focuses on the rather known fact that procrastinating is not going to do you any good, because you would only be delaying work to pile up more in the future; time never stops for anybody.
Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.
The things we say in anger and the actions that we indulge in while we’re angry always leads to disappointment in the end. This is because while we’re angry, we don’t realise the wounds we tend to inflict on others by our words and behaviour.
Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.
It means that although knowing something and still being ignorant towards it is bad, not knowing it at all is even worse. This is because having some information is always better than having no information at all, regardless of what matter or subject it is based on.
A false friend and a shadow attend only when the sun shines.
Unlike a shadow which only appears when there are brightness and light, a true friend will be there not only during the good and bright times, but will also be there when there are darkness and plight; but a fake friend will only be there during the former.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
The more you save, the more you earn, because saving money is the wisest act a man can indulge into. If you carelessly keep on spending, you are bound to land yourself into trouble. But if you save money instead of simply spending it, the money will save you too, because saving ensures security.
It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.
It is always easier and better to not commit a bad act or indulge in any bad habits at all than to try getting out of it once the damage has already been done.
The worst wheel of the cart makes the most noise.
This refers to the fact that someone who is constantly complaining and whining, i.e., making noise, is the same person who has a rotten personality and is unhappy with their own life.
If you desire many things, many things will seem few.
The more you want, the less all you have is going to seem to you, and the more you get, the greater you want because greed seldom stops. It is thus vital for one to be content with what they have and not let their greed get the best of them.
Observe all men, thyself the most.
Always keep an eye out for everyone and observe their behaviour and their personality and be careful. But observe yourself the most. Keep track of your failures and successes the most because that is going to matter more than that of anybody else’s life story.
Who is rich? He that rejoices his portion.
The amount of wealth is seldom measured by money and other luxuries. This is because true fortune always comes from being happy and satisfied with all that you have.
This is why a rich person is someone who enjoys life the way it is, and not someone who has more money.
How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.
It takes strength and growth to accept one’s mistakes and faults, to take that in stride and work towards changing it or making sure that it does not happen again. Letting failure change one for the better and not break them, is indeed an art, not many can master, but they definitely should.
A man of words and not of deeds, is like a garden full of weeds.
A person who is all talk and no show is just as worthless as a garden full of weeds and flowers. Until and unless you stay true to your words and do something to prove them, your words are just going to be futile.
Co-author: Khushi Shah
Khushi has just passed her school and is now studying at PDPU. Apart from writing, she likes to sketch and dance. She also has other blogs where she posts proses and poetry.