“Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it.” —Benjamin Franklin.
“Human felicity is produced not as much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen as by little advantages that occur every day.” —Benjamin Franklin.
“There never was a good war or a bad peace.”
“Almost all the parts of our bodies require some expense. The feet demand shoes, the legs stockings, the rest of the body clothing, and the belly a good deal of victuals. Our eyes, though exceedingly useful, ask when reasonable, only the cheap assistance of spectacles, which could not much impair our finances. But the eyes of other people are the eyes that ruin us.” —Benjamin Franklin.
“Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.”
“I have long observed one rule which prevents any inconveniences from such practices. It is simply this: to be concerned in no affairs I should blush to have made public, and to do nothing but what spies may see and welcome. When a man’s actions are just and honorable, the more they are known, the more his reputation is increased and established. If I was sure, therefore, that my valet de place was a spy, as he probably is, I think I should probably not discharge him for that, if in other respects I liked him.”
“The difference between failure and success is the difference between doing something almost right and doing something right.”
– Benjamin Franklin.