"We are more thoroughly an enlightened people, with respect to our political interests, than perhaps any other under heaven. Every man among us reads, and is so easy in his circumstances as to have leisure for conversations of improvement and for acquiring information."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Benjamin Franklin on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Benjamin Franklin on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Benjamin Franklin on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Benjamin Franklin on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Benjamin Franklin on Abraham Lincoln
"At twenty years of age the will reigns at thirty, the wit and at forty, the judgment."
"To Follow by faith alone is to follow blindly."
"Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame."
"Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one."
"Marriage is the most natural state of man, and... the state in which you will find solid happiness."