Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.
Time is money.
Time is money, but also money is money.
He that composes himself is wiser than he that composes a book.
Lost time is never found again.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
A true friend is the best Possession.
There is no such thing as a good war or a bad peace.
Love your Neighbour; yet don't pull down your Hedge.
If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.
Wars are not paid for in wartime. The bill comes later.
Little strokes fell great oaks.
A friend in need is a friend indeed!
He who can have patience can have what he will.
Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
The best doctors gives the least medicine.
The second vice is lying, the first is running in debt.
Rather go to bed supperless, than rise in debt.
While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.
The use of money is all the advantage there is in having it.
I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.
As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.
Applause waits on success.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.
If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be, as Poor Richard says, "the greatest prodigality'; since, as he elsewhere tells us, 'Lost time is never found again'; and 'What we call time enough always proves little enough'. Let us then up and be doing, and doing to the purpose; so by diligence shall we do more with less perplexity.
Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good.
Remember that credit is money.
Energy and persistence conquer all things.
Diligence is the mother of good luck.
Diligence is the mother of good luck, and God gives all things to industry. Work while it is called today, for you know not how much you may be hindered by tomorrow. One today is worth two tomorrows; never leave that till tomorrow which you can do to-day.
Creditors have better memories than debtors.
He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.
A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.
The doors of wisdom are never shut.
Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.
I believe in one God, the creator of the universe. That he governs it by his Providence. That he ought to be worshipped. That the most acceptable service we can render to him is doing good to his other children.
Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.
He that blows the coals in quarrels that he has nothing to do with, has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face.
He that blows the coals in quarrels that he has nothing to do with, has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face. -- Ben Franklin.
Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.
Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.
Wealth is nothing more or less than a tool to do things with. It is like the fuel that runs the furnace or the belt that runs the wheel only a means to an end.
That as soon as a party has gained its general point, each member becomes intent upon his particular interest; which, thwarting others, breaks that party into divisions and occasions more confusion.
A man that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stand a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure too.
Wine is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy. The miracle in question was only performed to hasten the operation, under circumstances of present necessity, which required it.
Oh the wonderful knowledge to be found in the stars. Even the smallest things are written there ... if you had but skill to read.
Youth is pert and positive, Age modest and doubting: So Ears of Corn when young and light, stand bolt upright, but hang their Heads when weighty, full, and ripe.
Indeed, when religious people quarrel about religion, or hungry people quarrel about victuals, it looks as if they had not much of either among them.
I have thought that wild flowers might be the alphabet of angels, -- whereby they write on hills and fields mysterious truths, which it is not given our fallen nature to understand.
It might be judged an affront to your understanding should I go about to prove this first principle; the existence of a Diety and that He is the Creator of the universe, for that would suppose you ignorant of what all mankind in all ages have agreed in.
I consent Sir, to this Constitution because I expect no better, and because I am not sure, that it is not the best.
He that sells upon Credit expects to lose 5 per Cent. By bad Debts; therefore he charges, on all he sells upon Credit, an Advance that shall make up that Deficiency.
Cowards can handle Arms, can strike where they are sure to meet with no Return, can wound, mangle and murder; but it belongs to brave Men to spare, and to protect.
Electrical matter differs from common matter in this, that the parts of the latter mutually attract, those of the former mutually repel each other.
In going on with these Experiments, how many pretty systems do we build, which we soon find ourselves oblig'd to destroy! If there is no other Use discover'd of Electricity, this, however, is something considerable, that it may help to make a vain Man humble.
It is observable that God has often called men to places of dignity and honor when they have been busy in the honest employment of their vocation.
Take time for all things.
Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.
Do not, however, mistake me. It is not to my good friend's heresy that I impute his honesty. On the contrary, 'tis his honesty that brought upon him the character of a heretic.
The madness of mobs or the insolence of soldiers, or both, when too near to each other, occasion some mischief.
Mankind are very odd creatures:
one half censure what they practice,
the other half practice what they censure;
the rest always say and do as they ought.
What is without us has no connection with happiness, only so far as the preservation of our lives and health depends upon it... Happiness springs immediately from the mind.
Whenever we attempt to mend the scheme of Providence and to interfere in the Government of the world, we had need be very circumspect lest we do more harm than good.
Whoever feels pain in hearing a good character of his neighbor, will feel a pleasure in the reverse. And those who despair to rise in distinction by their virtues, are happy if others can be depressed to a level of themselves.
So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for every thing one has a mind to do.
Abuses of the freedom of speech ought to be repressed, but to whom are we to commit the power of doing it?
You don't get somebody to like you by doing them a favor. That only tends to build resentment over the fact that they are needy and you are not. No, you ask them to do you a favor.
That which resembles most living one's life over again, seems to be to recall all the circumstances of it; and, to render this remembrance more durable, to record them in writing.
The riches of a country are to be valued by the quantity of labor its inhabitants are able to purchase, and not by the quantity of silver and gold they possess; which will purchase more or less labor, and therefore is more or less valuable, as is said before, according to its scarcity or plenty.
When religion is good, it will take care of itself. When it is not able to take care of itself, and God does not see fit to take care of it, so that it has to appeal to the civil power for support, it is evidence to my mind that its cause is a bad one.
Nothing is more important for the public wealth than to form and train youth in wisdom and virtue. Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.
Most people dislike vanity in others, whatever share they have of it themselves.
Most people dislike vanity in others, whatever share they have of it themselves; but I give it fair quarter, wherever I meet with it, being persuaded that it is often productive of good to the possessor, and to others who are within his sphere of action: and therefore, in many cases, it would not be altogether absurd if a man were to thank God for his vanity among the other comforts of life.
Why should Pennsylvania, founded by the English, become a Colony of Aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us instead of our Anglifying them, and will never adopt our Language or Customs, any more than they can acquire our Complexion.
Let honesty and industry be thy constant companions, and spend one penny less than thy clear gains; then shall thy pocket begin to thrive; creditors will not insult, nor want oppress, nor hungerness bite, nor nakedness freeze thee.
Courteous Reader, Astrology is one of the most ancient Sciences, held in high esteem of old, by the Wise and the Great. Formerly, no Prince would make War or Peace, nor any General fight in Battle, in short, no important affair was undertaken without first consulting an Astrologer.
If the elbow had been placed closer to the hand, the forearm would have been too short to bring the glass to the mouth; and if it had been closer to the shoulder, the forearm would have been so long that it would have carried the glass beyond the mouth.
A perfect character might be attended with the inconvenience of being envied and hated; and that a benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself, to keep his friends in countenance.
An enormous proportion of property vested in a few individuals is dangerous to the rights, and destructive of the common happiness of mankind, and, therefore, every free state hath a right by its laws to discourage the possession of such property.
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