'Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin' Quotes

Ben Franklin's Autobiography
Ben Franklin's Autobiography. WW Norton
What do you know about the famous Benjamin Franklin? He was a notorious American inventor, writer and diplomat. Here are a few quotes from his autobiography.

Quotes
  • "Man is sometimes more generous when he has little money than when he as plenty; perhaps to prevent his being thought to have but little."
    - Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Ch. 2

  • "Whatever is, is right. But purblind man Sees but a part o' the chain, the nearest links; His eyes not carrying to that equal beam, That poises all above."
    - Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Ch. 2

  • "Seest thou a man diligent in his calling, he shall stand before kings, he shall not stand before mean men."
    - Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Ch. 6

  • "He that would thrive must ask his wife."
    - Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Ch. 6

  • "He that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another than he whom you yourself have obliged."
    - Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Ch. 7

  • "If we fail, let us move the purchase of a fire engine with the money. The quakers can have no objection to that; and then, if you nominate me and I you as a committee for that purpose, we will buy a great gun, which is certainly a fire engine."
    - Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Ch. 8

  • "As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by an invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously."
    - Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Ch. 8

  • "The Great Spirit, who made all things, made every thing for some use; and whatever use he designed anything for, that use it should always be put to. Now, when he made rum, he said, 'Let this be for the Indians to get drunk with; and it must be so.'"
    - Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Ch. 9

  • "Thus if you teach a poor young man to shave himself and keep his razor in order, you may contribute more to the happiness of his life than in giving him a thousand guineas."
    - Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Ch. 9

  • "Look round the habitable world; how few know their own good, or, knowing it, pursue!"
    - Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Ch. 10