Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was an american statesman and one of the founding fathers of the United States. He was a scientist, author, political theorist and diplomat.

Quotes by Benjamin Franklin:

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious they have more need of masters.

Speech at the Constitutional Convention, Sept. 17, 1787.

They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

Benjamin Franklin, for the Pennsylvania Assembly in its Reply to the Governor, 11 Nov. 1755.