One of America’s founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin had a huge impact on the history we know today. Franklin earned the title of “The First American” for constantly campaigning for colonial unity and co-drafting both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. Furthermore, he organized the first successful American lending library.

Besides being an honored and respected politician, Benjamin Franklin was a writer, inventor, freemason, humorist and diplomat; all of these gifts from a man who never even finished school. His determination and moral consciousness made him one of America’s most iconic thinkers and ‘do-ers’ in history.

Here are 15 Benjamin Franklin quotes to make you become the wisest person you know:


Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.

He that can have patience can have what he will.

Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five.

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.


By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.

When you’re testing to see how deep water is, never use two feet.

A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.

Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.


While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.

We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing!

A friend in need is a friend indeed!

There are two ways to increase your wealth. Increase your means or decrease your wants. The best is to do both at the same time.