Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wise Guy: Ben Franklin

Benjamin Franklin hardly needs an introduction to most Americans; he is a true icon. His wisdom was often couched in humor but occasionally he sharpened his wit and cut straight to the heart of a subject, as in these simple and profound observations.
"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."
"If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher's stone."
"The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself."

"We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately."
One more, just for the Teleprompter of the United States:
"Well done is better than well said."

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