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Wise and Witty Wisdom from Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin

By Linda Sapadin, Ph.D

We all know Ben Franklin was one of the founding fathers of the United States. But do you know that the wise and witty wisdom he spouted is still right on! Here are some of my favorites. I hope you appreciate them.

”If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.”

”Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.”

”The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance.”

”If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.”

”Never ruin an apology with an excuse.”

”There was never a bad peace or a good war.”

”When you are finished changing, you’re finished.”

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

”He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.”

”Love your neighbor, yet don’t pull down your hedge.”

”When there’s marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.”

”The problem with doing nothing is not knowing when you’re finished.”

”Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.”

”Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.”

”If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.”

”Who is powerful? He that governs his passions.”

”Do you love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.”

”Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.”

”He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”

”What you would seem to be, be really.”

”Love your enemies for they tell you your faults.”

”The heart of a fool is in his mouth but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.”

”If you would reap praise you must sow the seeds; gentle words and useful deeds.”

Copyright © 2018: Linda Sapadin, Ph.D
Linda Sapadin is a psychologist and personal coach in private practice who specializes in helping people enrich their lives, enhance their relationships and overcome self-defeating patterns of behavior. For more information about her work, contact her by email or visit her website at PsychWisdom.
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