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Benjamin Franklin
(17 Jan 1706 - 17 Apr 1790)

American statesman, scientist, inventor, diplomat, author, printer and publisher.


Benjamin Franklin Quotes on Health (9 quotes)

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Be not sick too late, nor well too soon.
— Benjamin Franklin
In Poor Richard's Almanack (1734).
Science quotes on:  |  Health (136)  |  Late (28)  |  Sickness (20)  |  Soon (17)  |  Wellness (2)

Be temperate in wine, in eating, girls, & sloth;
Or the Gout will seize you and plague you both.
— Benjamin Franklin
In Poor Richard's Almanack (1734).
Science quotes on:  |  Drunkenness (3)  |  Eating (21)  |  Girl (15)  |  Gout (5)  |  Health (136)  |  Plague (34)  |  Sloth (3)  |  Wine (23)

Chagrined a little that we have been hitherto able to produce nothing in this way of use to mankind; and the hot weather coming on, when electrical experiments are not so agreeable, it is proposed to put an end to them for this season, somewhat humorously, in a party of pleasure, on the banks of Skuylkil. Spirits, at the same time, are to be fired by a spark sent from side to side through the river, without any other conductor that the water; an experiment which we some time since performed, to the amazement of many. A turkey is to be killed for our dinner by the electrified bottle: when the healths of all the famous electricians in England, Holland, France, and Germany are to be drank in electrified bumpers, under the discharge of guns from the electrical battery.
— Benjamin Franklin
Letter to Peter Collinson, 29 Apr 1749. In I. Bernard Cohen (ed.), Benjamin Franklin's Experiments (1941), 199-200.
Science quotes on:  |  Electricity (121)  |  Experiment (543)

Cheese and salt meat, should be sparingly eat.
— Benjamin Franklin
In Poor Richard's Almanack (1733).
Science quotes on:  |  Cheese (7)  |  Diet (41)  |  Eating (21)  |  Health (136)  |  Meat (11)  |  Salt (23)

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.
— Benjamin Franklin
In Poor Richard's Almanack (1735).
Science quotes on:  |  Bed (20)  |  Early (39)  |  Heath (4)  |  Man (345)  |  Rise (51)  |  Wealth (50)  |  Wisdom (151)

Hot things, sharp things, sweet things, cold things
All rot the teeth, and make them look like old things.
— Benjamin Franklin
In Poor Richard's Almanack (1734).
Science quotes on:  |  Cold (38)  |  Dentistry (3)  |  Health (136)  |  Hot (17)  |  Looking (25)  |  Old (104)  |  Rot (5)  |  Sharpness (4)  |  Thing (37)

Many dishes many diseases,
Many medicines few cures.
— Benjamin Franklin
In Poor Richard’s Almanack (1734).
Science quotes on:  |  Cure (88)  |  Diet (41)  |  Disease (257)  |  Dish (2)  |  Food (139)  |  Health (136)  |  Medicine (322)

Use now and then a little Exercise a quarter of an Hour before Meals, as to swing a Weight, or swing your Arms about with a small Weight in each Hand; to leap, or the like, for that stirs the Muscles of the Breast.
— Benjamin Franklin
In Poor Richard's Almanack (1742).
Science quotes on:  |  Arm (17)  |  Breast (6)  |  Diet (41)  |  Exercise (35)  |  Hand (103)  |  Health (136)  |  Leap (23)  |  Meal (14)  |  Muscle (32)  |  Stir (11)  |  Swing (8)  |  Weight (61)

Wouldst thou enjoy a long Life, a healthy Body, and a vigorous Mind, and be acquainted also with the wonderful Works of God? labour in the first place to bring thy Appetite into Subjection to Reason.
— Benjamin Franklin
In Poor Richard's Almanack (1742).
Science quotes on:  |  Acquaintance (13)  |  Appetite (6)  |  Body (193)  |  Diet (41)  |  Enjoyment (27)  |  God (454)  |  Health (136)  |  Labour (36)  |  Life (917)  |  Long (95)  |  Mind (544)  |  Reason (330)  |  Subjection (2)  |  Vigour (9)  |  Wonder (134)  |  Work (457)


See also:
  • 17 Jan - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Franklin's birth.
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  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, by Walter Isaacson. - book suggestion.
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