Quotes on Frugal Living by Benjamin Franklin

Ben Franklin was one of America’s most influential founding fathers and possibly the most accomplished American of his age.   He was an author, statesman, diplomat, inventor, philosopher and scientist.  Some of his inventions include the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove.  benfranklin3He formed the first public lending library in America.  Many of the thrifty quotes below came from his publication “Poor Richard’s Almanack” which he published for 25 years.  Amazing how many of these quotes still hold true today.

  • “A bargain is something you have to find a use for once you have bought it.”
  • “Rather to go to bed supperless than rise in debt.”
  • “Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.”
  • “Necessity never made a good bargain.”
  • “He that is rich need not live sparingly, and he that can live sparingly need not be rich.”
  • “Creditors have better memories than debtors.”
  • “If you would know the value of money, go try to borrow some for he that goes a-borrowing goes a-sorrowing.”
  • “Spare and have is better than spend and crave.”
  • “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
  • “Content makes poor men rich, discontent makes rich men poor.”
  • “He that is of the opinion that money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.”
  • “If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.”

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