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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

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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