Benjamin Franklin Personal Finance-Related Quotes

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If you’ve never read anything about Benjamin Franklin, you probably should. This guy was your average Joe, though really smart, who had a way with words that would put a smile on almost any face. It sounds like he was down to earth and your prototypical bartender… except he was much more. Anyway, here are some choice cuts of Ben Franklin:

  • A penny saved is a penny earned.
  • A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.
  • An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
  • Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.
  • He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
  • Buy what thou hast no need of and ere long thou shalt sell thy necessities.
  • Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.
  • He does not possess wealth; it possesses him.
  • If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him.
  • If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.
  • Rather go to bed with out dinner than to rise in debt.
  • The use of money is all the advantage there is in having it.
  • There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.

Here are some other good ones that aren’t related to personal finance at all:

  • Honesty is the best policy.
  • Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.
  • All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.
  • Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
  • Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
  • Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.
  • I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.
  • Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
  • Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five.
  • Never take a wife till thou hast a house (and a fire) to put her in.
  • The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
  • The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
  • Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.

Do you have any favorites (Poor Richard quotes or otherwise?)

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2 Responses to “Benjamin Franklin Personal Finance-Related Quotes”

  1. mapgirl says:

    I’m paraphrasing, but he also basically said “I’ll sleep when I’m dead!”

  2. One of the first frugal Americans. Many would be in much better financial shape if they followed his advice.

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