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To quote somebody, but I don't think it's Benjamin Franklin

Submitted by Roanman on Sun, 10/24/2010 - 11:19


The Harry Schultz Newsletter Junior came out today.

I'm not going to recommend it only because his is a pay site and Mr. Schultz is very frail and is in the process of transferring his fine newsletter to the Aden Sisters whom I do highly recommend.

Anyway, Mr Schultz references the following quote which has been popping up with accelerating frequency lately and attributes it to Benjamin Franklin.

With all due respect, I don't think this is a Ben Franklin quote, but I can't find evidence one way or the other.

Which of course doesn't change the fact that I believe every last word of the following to be absolute truth.





This goes double for members of Congress, Senators, the entirety of the United Nations, many Mayors and City Council members, political hacks in general, most pundits, and for damn sure every single last scum sucking piece of excrement within the upper management of the world's largest banks (past, present and future).

Just my opinion.


To quote Benjamin Franklin

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 12:18


 When in doubt, don't.

Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither liberty nor security.

Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody.

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

To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.

Energy and persistence conquer all things.

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness.  You have to catch it yourself.

Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor liberty to purchase power.

It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.

When you're finished changing, you're finished.

Write your injuries in dust, your benefits in marble.

God helps those who help themselves.

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

 Never confuse motion with action. 

The use of money is all the advantage there is in having it.

Little strokes fell great oaks.

Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.

Many have quarreled about religion that never practiced it.

Sin is not hurtful because it is forbidden, but it is forbidden because it is hurtful.

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.

Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something.

Originality is the art of concealing your sources.

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

There are three great friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.

Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.

No nation was ever ruined by trade.

He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.

That it is better that 100 guilty persons should escape than that one innocent person should suffer, is a maxim that has been long and generally approved.

Industry pays debts, while despair increaseth them.

Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.

Time is money. Dost thou love life?  Then do not squander time, for it is the stuff life is made of.

He that displays too often his wife and his wallet is in danger of having both of them borrowed.

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

If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

Trickery and treachery are the practices of fools that have not the wits enought to be honest.

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.

 How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.

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

He that speaks much, is much mistaken.

The worst wheel of the cart makes the most noise.

Half a truth is often a great lie.

 He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows, nor judge all he sees.

Lost time is never found again.

 Would you persuade, speak of interest, not of reason.

To find out a girl's faults, praise her to her girl friends.

Necessity never made a good bargain.

I guess I don't so much mind being old, as I mind being fat and old.

Humility makes great men twice honorable.

 Work while it is called today, for you know not how much you will be hindered tomorrow.

One today is worth two tomorrow's; never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.

The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.

Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see.

We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop play.

One good husband is worth two good wives, for the scarcer things are, the more they are valued.

It's common for men to give six pretended reasons instead of one real one.

Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.

Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.

Creditors have better memories than debtors.

Remember that credit is money.


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