Best 5 Benjamin Franklin Quotations With Citations

These are my best 5 Benjamin Franklin quotations with citations.

Polymath Benjamin Franklin published a yearly almanac called “Poor Richard’s Almanack“.

For this popular publication, Franklin adopted the pseudonym of “Poor Richard” or “Richard Saunders“.

It was said the name “Richard Saunders” was “stolen” and not borrowed from the seventeenth-century author of “Rider’s British Merlin“, a popular London almanac.

It was claimed that Benjamin Franklin actually adapted his “Poor Richard’s Almanack” from his older brother James Franklin‘s satirical almanac series, titled “Poor Robin: An Almanack“.

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Poor Richard’s Almanack” was published from 1732 to 1758.

It had a good mishmash of weather forecasts, practical household tips, puzzles, poems, astronomical and astrological information.

Occasionally, Franklin also included the mathematical exercise.

best 5 Benjamin Franklin quotations

Among all its content, the most popular stuff in there was the sayings, witty phrases and wordplay.

These maxims usually was about counseling thrift and courtesy, with a touch of cynicism.

Some of his witty phrases published in “Poor Richard’s Almanack” made it into the contemporary American vernacular.

poor richard's almanack

This pamphlet was a runaway success, with 10,000 copies per year sold.

One of the succes of Almanack, was the inclusion of various “news stories” in serial format, which kept its readers coming back for more.

It brought Benjamin Franklin both fame and fortune.

Best 5 Benjamin Franklin Quotations 

Below my best 5 Benjamin Franklin quotes:


“To be humble to superiors is a duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.”

(Poor Richard’s Almanack;1735)


“Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.”

(Poor Richard’s Almanack;1755)


“Silence is not always a sign of wisdom, but babbling is ever a folly.”

(Poor Richard’s Almanack;1758)


“There are three faithful friends — an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.”

(Poor Richard’s Almanack;1738)


“The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.”

(Poor Richard’s Almanack;1736)


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