Benjamin Franklin anecdote: “A lady asked Dr. Franklin Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy. A republic replied the Doctor if you can keep it.” Notes from Dr. James McHenry, Maryland delegate to the constitutional Convention, published in The American...
“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty or safety” Ben Franklin, written by Franklin for the Pennsylvania Assembly in its Reply to the Governor, 11 November 1755.
“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.” Benjamin Franklin, Letter to the Abbes Chalut and Arnoux, 1787
“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” Often attributed to Benjamin Franklin, but there is no record that Franklin ever wrote or spoke these exact words.
“When you run in debt; you give to another power over your liberty.” – Benjamin Franklin
“The U. S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.” Benjamin Franklin, courtesy of BrainyQuotes