Aphorisms by author: Benjamin Franklin

Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.
By theme : Wealth
To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals - courtesy, to inferiors - nobleness.
By theme : Behavior
It is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.
By theme : Behavior Wisdom
He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
By theme : Money
Nothing happens by accident in politics. If something happened, it was meant to be.
By theme : Politics
In rivers and bad governments, the lightest things swim at the top.
By theme : Politics State
There are three true friends: an old wife, an old dog and cash.
By theme : Friendship
Necessity has no law.
By theme : Morality
Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.
By theme : Politics Society State
Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue; it is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.
By theme : Evil Unhappiness
Since I cannot govern my own tongue, though within my own teeth, how can I hope to govern the tongue of others?
By theme : Behavior Wisdom
You cannot strengthen one by weakening another; and you cannot add to the stature of a dwarf by cutting off the leg of a giant.
By theme : Behavior Wisdom
A democracy is two wolves and a small lamb voting on what to have for dinner. Freedom under a constitutional republic is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.
By theme : Democracy Liberty
I do not believe such a quality as chance exists. Every incident that happens must be a link in a chain.
By theme : Philosophy Reason Thought
Fish and visitors smell in three days.
By theme : Relations
It is easy to see, hard to foresee.
By theme : Wisdom
There is no little enemy.
By theme : Relations
To whom you betray your secret you sell your liberty.
By theme : Liberty Relations
If a man could half his wishes he would double his troubles.
By theme : Wisdom
An undutiful daughter will prove an unmanageable wife.
By theme : Behavior Wife
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