Saturday, September 27, 2008

Quotables of September

Benjamin Franklin, Statue at the Old Post Office, Washington DC, by Jacques Jouvenal
Originally uploaded by solostandfound

This month: Spotlighting Benjamin Franklin

Someone once said, "People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first." It's a valid observation. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was more than just a founding father of the United States of America. Known for his wit and wisdom he was a successful author, inventor, politician, scientist, ambassador, satirist, and much more. In our world today, networking is seen as a key to success. Especially now that the Internet is at the forefront of most new ideas, business, and marketing. In Benjamin Franklin's world there was no Internet, no television, and no radio. Yet, he became so well known that he could go to most countries and be recognized because of his achievements. Thankfully, he also had a great deal to say. Much of which we're still repeating to this day. If you've read very much at all, the odds are pretty good you've stumbled across a Benjamin Franklin quote. Here are a few for the taking:

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

"At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment."

"An old young man, will be a young old man."

"Rather go to bed with out dinner than to rise in debt."

"It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them."

"Write your injuries in dust, your benefits in marble."

"Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked, and never mended well."

"Three can keep a secret if two are dead."

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

"Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning."

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