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Happy Birthday – Ben Franklin

January 17th, 2015 by John Lehet

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”– Ben Franklin

309 years ago, on January 17th, 1706, Ben Franklin was born.  Franklin was indeed an amazing individual. He is representative of individual accomplishment and a passion for life.  He was the first and best known early-American Renaissance Man.   He was an author, scientist, inventor, businessmen, printer, statesmen and diplomat (just to name a few).  He also loved math, especially recreational math.  He developed many original and unique magic squares.

Franklin published a yearly almanac, Poor Richards Almanack.  This contained, among other things, many original quotes and sage advice.  Today I would like to celebrate Franklin’s birthday by sharing some of my favorite Franklin quotations.  There is no specific theme, just ones that I really like.   


  1. “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
  2. “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
  3. “Lost time is never found again.”
  4. “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
  5. “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
  6. “We are born ignorant, but we must work hard to remain stupid.”
  7. “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain, and most fools do.”
  8. “Well done is better than well said.”
  9. “Diligence is the mother of good luck.”
  10. “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”
  11. “Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwillng to learn.”
  12. “Never confuse motion with action.”
  13. “When in doubt, don’t.”
  14. “It’s easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.”
  15. “Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.”


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