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17 Powerful Quotes from Benjamin’s Franklin Essay: The Way to Wealth

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Benjamin Franklin was a successful inventor, author, scientist, publisher, and statesman. His works played a crucial role in founding America. In 1758, he wrote an essay: The Way to Wealth, in which he shared powerful proverbs that advice on how to succeed in life. I have read the essay several times because I love its harsh realities. Here are my favorite 17 quotes from the essay.

  1. We are taxed twice by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times by our folly and the government can’t free us from these taxes.’ – Benjamin Franklin
  1. ‘Beware of little expenses, a small leak will sink a great ship.’ – Benjamin Franklin
  1. ‘If we are hard working we will never starve because, at the hardworking man’s house, hunger looks in but dares not enter.’ – Benjamin Franklin
  1. ‘Wise men learn from other people’s mistakes, while fools learn from their own.’ – Benjamin Franklin
  1. ‘Do all your best today because you never know how much you may be hindered tomorrow.’ – Benjamin Franklin
  1. ‘If you love life don’t squander time because life is made of time.’ – Benjamin Franklin
  1. ‘We waste so much time sleeping forgetting that there will be sleeping enough in the grave.’ – Benjamin Franklin
  1. ‘Laziness makes things difficult, hard work makes things easy.’ – Benjamin Franklin
  1. ‘He that lives with hope will die fasting.’- Benjamin Franklin
  1. ‘Be up before sunrise, don’t let the sun look down and say, inglorious here he lies.’ – Benjamin Franklin
  1. ‘Stick to your work steadily and you will see great effects, for constant droppings, wears away stones, and by diligence and patience the mouse ate into the cable, and little strokes fail great oaks.’- Benjamin Franklin
  1. Add frugality to hard work if you want to make your hard work more successful.’ – Benjamin Franklin
  1. ‘Buy what you don’t need, and you will sell what you need.’ – Benjamin Franklin
  1. ‘God gives all things to hard work.’ -Benjamin Franklin
  1. ‘Learning is to the studious, and riches to the careful, as well as power to the bold, and heaven to the virtuous.’ – Benjamin Franklin
  1. ‘What use is this pride of appearance, of which so much is risked, and so much is suffered. It cannot promote hate or ease pain.’ – Benjamin Franklin
  1. ‘Think what you do when you run in debt, you give to another power over your liberty. If you cannot pay on time, you will be ashamed to see your creditor, and you will be in fear when you speak to him.’ – Benjamin Franklin

Which quote did you love the most??

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6 Comments

  1. Chef William Chaney

    July 17, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Great, I think that for me numbers 7 and 10 stand out a little more than the rest but they are all good.

  2. Isaac Wechuli

    July 17, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    wow.it seems you are a very hard working guy…Mine is quote 16.. i hate it when people invest so much in appearance…its a waste of time and money

  3. justjyll

    July 17, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    I have a book about Ben Franklin that I need to read. These were great quotes. I resonated with #11 the most as I am working diligently on consistency in my Business and seeing a lot of good results.

    • Isaac Wechuli

      July 17, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      benjamin franklin was a genius. you must read the book. Nway, i included quote 11 because it encourages people to persist. i love it too

  4. Kimberly Schramm

    July 17, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Always love Ben Franklin! #4 is my favorite in this list. Thanks for sharing.

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Top 24 Mind-Opening Vishen Lakhiani Quotes

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To illustrate how Vishen Lakhiani's quotes are mind-opening

Vishen Lakhiani is an author and speaker on a mission to raise human consciousness. He founded Mindvalley in 2003, and he’s an author of The Code of the Extraordinary Mind. Vishen believes raising consciousness enables an individual to achieve success without working extremely hard.

Here top 24 mind-opening Vishen Lakhiani quotes I would love to share with you.

  1. ‘If you can accept any model of reality, why not choose one that suggests that you can literally bend reality with your mind?’
  2. ‘You can hack your brain through the right techniques to train your brain to make you be enough.’
  3. ‘If we care what other people think about us, good or bad, we limit our abilities.’
  4. ‘You are nothing more than a God-Particle in a meat body on a giant rock hurling through space having a ton of fun.’
  5. ‘Forgiveness is about looking at the shit that happened to you in the past and being able to heal that so that you can move on.’
  6. ‘Human beings are not taught how to tap into altered states of awareness to make an impact in the world.’
  7. ‘Fears and worries create negative situations that attract more fears and worries.’
  8. ‘Whether you like it or not, you create your life. Your dominant thoughts shape your life.’
  9. ‘To do something big, you gotta be prepared for rejection and failure.’
  10. ‘Extra-ordinary minds do not need to seek validation from outside opinion or through the attainment of goals. Instead, they are truly at peace with themselves and the world around them. They live fearlessly.’
  11. ‘Science has shown that gratitude has the single largest correlation with human well-being than any other character trait.’
  12. ‘You are part of a larger whole.’
  13. ‘Nothing makes you as happy as when you are living a mission-oriented life, and that mission is designed to push the human race forward.’
  14. ‘Today, if you want to succeed at what you do and succeed at life at the same time, you gotta tap into a spiritual core.’
  15. ‘All the greatest entrepreneurs I know are living mission-oriented lives.’
  16. ‘You don’t just think of a goal and rocket towards it. You first tune in to an internal compass to find out if you are pointing in the right direction.’
  17. ‘You are chosen, and your job is to just take the order and make it happen.’
  18. ‘Radical forgiveness is the key to the healthiest brain state.’
  19. ‘Forgive yourself or someone else that hurt you every single day.’
  20. ‘It is simple to forgive. It doesn’t happen overnight but with practice you can forgive even the most violent crimes that have happened to you.’
  21. ‘One of the keys to being extraordinary is knowing what rules to follow and what rules to break.’
  22. ‘What if we accepted that things will go wrong – but that this is simply part of life’s beautiful unfolding and that even the biggest failures can have within them the seeds of growth and possibility?’
  23. ‘Our culture scape evolved to keep us safe – but in this day and age, we no longer need to fear tigers by the riverbank. Safety is overrated; taking risks is much less likely to kill us than ever before, and that means that playing it safe is more likely just holding us back from the thrills of a life filled with meaning and discovery.’
  24. ‘Every time you give someone the power to build you up with praise, you’re also unknowingly giving that person the power to destroy you with criticism. Therefore, accept praise and criticism as nothing more than someone else’s expressions of their models of reality. They have nothing to do with you really are. You are born enough’’

Which of the above quotes by Vishen Lakhiani did you like the most?

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15 Inspiring Quotes from Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins

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proves that real artists don't starve

In his book, Jeff Goins debunks the idea that artists starve. He provides several examples of artists that make money from art, and enlightens us about the factors that make artists succeed. The book is an inspiring read for everyone who wants to be an artist of any kind.

I gathered the following amazing quotes from Jeff Goins’ book.

  1. ‘We can go in the direction of what is expected of us. Or, we can enter a world of possibility and reimagine our future.’
  2. ‘If we want to become artists, we are going to have to break some rules. We cannot do just what is expected of us. At some point, we must break away from the status quo and forge a new path. As it turns out, this is how creativity works best.’
  3. ‘You can do extraordinary things when you are patiently persistent.’
  4. ‘Over the course of a lifetime, we may find ourselves facing new challenges at every turn, and when we do, we must remember that we are never done becoming who we are.’
  5. ‘What’s out there, however scary it may be, is almost certainly better than staying where we are now.’
  6. ‘This is the rule of creative theft, which says greatness doesn’t come from a single great idea or eureka moment. It comes from borrowing other people’s work and building on it.’
  7. ‘You persevere because you know this will not be easy and the odds are stacked against you. But if you keep going, you will outlast the majority who quit at the first few signs of trouble.’
  8. ‘What will make you stand out from the crowd is not just the audacity to ask for help but the humility to learn and act.’
  9. ‘Stubbornness can be an essential ingredient in making a living off your art. When you harness your strategic stubbornness, you give the world a reason to believe in your work.’
  10. ‘When we allow ourselves to be teachable, we attract those who would influence us and help our work spread.’
  11. ‘Employers become patrons when we begin to see them not as obstacles to the work we want to do but as a way of funding it.’
  12. ‘A willingness to step out of our comfort zone is the first step towards finding the place and the people who will help our work thrive.’
  13. In every failure and disappointment, there is an opportunity to either give in to frustration or see such shortcomings as practice.’
  14. ‘When we sincerely offer our gifts to the world, not through hype but by practicing in public, the world often repays us by first taking notice and then responding with loyalty. We get better, earning an audience that will allow us to continue for the years to come.’
  15. ‘The age of the starving artist is over. The era of the thriving artist is among us.’
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