Benjamin Franklin’s Enduring Wisdom

Benjamin Franklin’s Enduring Wisdom

Ben Franklin as conceived by Mr Brainwash
2012 New Oxford Street Exhibition, London
(I think Ben would find great humor in this)
Photo Credit: Big Reid’s iPhone

This year’s endocrinology meeting (AACE) took me to Philadelphia. Great meeting. Great city.  We had the chance to visit many of the ‘typical’ tourist sites while there and enjoyed them all (there is no shame in admitting you are a tourist when you truly are a tourist).

One of the larger than life Philadelphians was Benjamin Franklin, and we saw plenty of his legacy. During a break between sessions, I took a moment and scrolled through my phone’s quote generator app.  I couldn’t believe the number of a profound sayings credited to BF.  Here’s just a few:

“Well done is better than well said.”

“I saw a few die of hunger; of eating a hundred thousand.”

“God heals and the doctor takes the fee.”

“The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.”

“A good example is the best sermon.”

“Experience is the best teacher, but a fool will learn from no other.”

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.”

“Genius without education is like silver in the mine.”

“God helps those who help themselves.”

“The things that hurt, instruct.”

“A virtuous heretic shall be saved before a wicked Christian.”

“Clean your finger before you point at my spots.”

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.”

“If you would be loved, love and be lovable.”

“To err is human, to repent divine, to persist devilish.”

Franklin Bust by James Pennison
Arch and 4th Street Fire Station
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Franklin Institue Rotunda
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Photo Credit: Big Reid’s iPhone

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