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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He facilitated many civic organizations, including Philadelphia's fire department and a university.

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He is no clown that drives the plow, but he that doth clownish things.

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Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest.

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All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and tho ...

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Take a coin from your purse and invest it in your mind. It will come pouring out of your mind and ov ...

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Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of G ...

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The securest place is a prison cell, but there is no liberty

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The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.

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I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life, I absenteed myself from Christian assemb ...

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He that cannot obey, cannot command.

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If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.

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Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned. Be industrious and frugal, and you will be ...

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Lost time is never found again.

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No gains without pains.

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Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave ...

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Without Freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom;and no such thing as public liberty, ...

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