Ben Franklin’s Maxims on Industry

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man heathy, wealthy and wise.

  • Diligence is the mother of good luck.
  • God helps them that help themselves.
  • At the working man’s house hunger looks in, but dares not enter.
  • For industry pays debts, while despair increaseth them.
  • By diligence and patience the mouse ate in two the cable.
  • Little strokes fell great oaks.
  • Since thou art not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour.
  • Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease.
  • Many, without labor, would live by their wits only, but they break for want of stock.
  • Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all things easy.
  • Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
  • Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the used key is always bright.
  • There will be sleeping enough in the grave.
  • Lost time is never found again.
  • Laziness travels so slowly, that Poverty soon overtakes him.
  • Industry need not wish, and he that lives upon hopes will die fasting.
  • Ploughing deep, while sluggards sleep.
  • Handle your tools without mittens; the cat in gloves catches no mice.
  • Constant dropping wears away stones.
  • A ploughing on his legs is higher than a gentleman on his knees.

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