If only we could have more money, more happiness, more successes, more of all the finer things in life… right? It seems like we are living in the ‘always wanting more era’ and are constantly trying to validate ourselves to our peers and Facebook friends with the things we own (ie: the things that own us).
But how often do we sit down to reflect and tell ourselves that we don’t need any more? That we are fine and content with what we have…
... even if it’s not much?
Unfortunately, not very often…
But the interesting thing is that we really don’t need much of anything to be happy with who we are, and as a result – to find copious amounts of love and an abundance of contentment and inner peace.
All it takes is the right discipline and an understanding of ones true value.
After all, we are all valuable beings.
And this is why today’s article is about the great Benjamin Franklin.
His timeless wisdom is epic beyond all means, and he is the master of taking extremely complicated issues and conjuring up the most profound meaning in just a couple of simple sentences.
From what I could comprehend – he’s a firm believer in overcoming failure, living within your means, finding happiness, eating healthy, and living the true American dream – and below you’ll find 37 of my favourite Benjamin Franklin quotes that are bound to change the way you think about money and life.
1 – Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
2 – An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
3 – Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.
4 – It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.
5 – Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don’t have brains enough to be honest.
6 – It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.
7 – Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
8 -He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.
9 -Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.
10 -Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
11 -A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
12 -Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.
13 -He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
14 – Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.
15 -Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.
16 -There are three faithful friends – an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.
17 -In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
18 -If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.
19 -Marriage is the most natural state of man, and… the state in which you will find solid happiness.
20 -I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.
21 -When in doubt, don’t.
22 -Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.
23 -Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.
24 -There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.
25 – Rather go to bed without dinner than to rise in debt.
26 – Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody.
27 – Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.
28 -Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them.
29 -If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher’s stone.
30 – Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
31 -I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion about the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.
32 -Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?
33 – He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
34 -There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.
35 -If you desire many things, many things will seem few.
36 -To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.
37 -He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner.
If we can learn to apply these principles of timeless wisdom in our daily lives – I have no doubt that we would end up having more. Not necessarily more money or happiness (those things take a lot of work and time) – but definitely more of the right tools and knowledge to guide us on a better path.
Afterall, knowledge is indeed our greatest asset.