Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
*This was first written by Franklin for the Pennsylvania Assembly in its Reply to the Governor (11 Nov. 1755)
I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.
Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.
Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.
If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.
People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.
Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.