Born Sunday 17 January 1706, died Saturday 17 April 1790
Professions: Author, Politician, Scientist
No nation was ever ruined by trade.
Write your injuries in dust, your benefits in marble.
To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.
Industry need not wish.
If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.
Our necessities never equal our wants.
Since thou are not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour.
If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.
Necessity never made a good bargain.
There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.
Who had deceived thee so often as thyself?
Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease.
The discontented man finds no easy chair.
I saw few die of hunger; of eating, a hundred thousand.
The first mistake in public business is the going into it.
Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble.
Those disputing, contradicting, and confuting people are generally unfortunate in their affairs. They get victory, sometimes, but they never get good will, which would be of more use to them.
The worst wheel of the cart makes the most noise.
When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?
Where sense is wanting, everything is wanting.