Benjamin Franklin Quotes | A Look Inside One of the Best Minds of All Time

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Benjamin Franklin Quotes | A Look Inside One of the Best Minds of All Time


Benjamin Franklin achieved so much during his lifetime, this podcast is filled fun facts, quotes and details about the life and times of this American icon. During this broadcast of the Thrive Time Business Coach Radio Show, Clay Clark breaks down many of famous Benjamin Franklin quotes that he left us with in the written form.

The Life of a Polymath –

DEFINITION MAGICIAN – “A person of wide-ranging knowledge or learning.” – Webster’s Dictionary

Benjamin Franklin is best known as one of the Founding Fathers who drafted the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.


Who Was Benjamin Franklin?

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 to April 17, 1790) was a Founding Father and a polymath, inventor, scientist, printer, politician, freemason and diplomat.

He is credited with having invented the following items:

  • Franklin stove
  • Bifocals. Anyone tired of switching between two pairs of glasses understands why Franklin developed bifocals that could be used for both distance and reading.
  • Rocking chair
  • Flexible catheter
  • American penny

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  • “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”- Benjamin Franklin
  • “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man and discourse a clear man.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “Beware of little expenses; a small leak can sink a great ship.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “Plough deep while others sleep.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “He who waits upon fortune is never sure of dinner.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “Well done is better than well said.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “Any food can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows and sees.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “If you can’t pay for a thing, don’t buy it. If you can’t get paid for it, don’t sell it. Do this, and you will have calm and drowsy nights, with all of the good business you have now and none of the bad.” – Benjamin Franklin 
  • “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “He that cannot obey, cannot command.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “Diligence is the mother of all good luck.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “Industry, perseverance and frugality make fortune yield.” – Benjamin Franklin


AMPLE EXAMPLE – The Rule of 10 x

DEFINITION MAGICIAN – “Verbal interchange of ideas.” – Benjamin Franklin

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Similarly, only 6% of the wealthy watch reality shows, compared to 78% of the poor. “The common variable among the wealthy is how they make productive use of their time,” explains Corley. “They wealthy are not avoiding watching TV because they have some superior human discipline or willpower. They just don’t think about watching much TV because they are engaged in some other habitual daily behavior — reading.” They read … but not for fun.



“I love reading.”
Rich people who agree: 86%
Poor people who agree: 26%


They’re big into audio books / podcasts
“I listen to audio books during the commute to work.”
Rich people who agree: 63%
Poor people who agree: 5%



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Benjamin Franklin Fun Facts

           1.He only had two years of formal education.

           2. At the age of 12 he was working as a full-time apprentice for his brother’s printing shop.

           3. Ad the age of 16 he was a best-selling writer by writing under the pen-name (secret name)

               of Mrs. Silence Dogood. He wrote in letters to the editor for a weekly paper called the New

               England Courant.

           4. Despite being self-taught he earned an honorary degree from Harvard, Yale, College of

               William and Mary, Oxford and the University of St. Andrews.

           5. He helped to found the University of Pennsylvania.

           6. Franklin became a hit writer as a teenager.

           7. He retired from business at the age of 42 to spend his time focused on higher level  pursuits

               including the invention of the lightning rod, efficient stoves, and working as the leading

               diplomat to help the Colonies to secure the funding and support needed from the French

               to defeat the British.

            8. Franklin designed a musical instrument used by Mozart and Beethoven.



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