I would be very surprised if there's anyone in North America over the age of twenty who hasn't heard the name Benjamin Franklin (probably applies to Europe to some degree as well). What I know of him is he was a businessman, a scientist, and one of the founding fathers of the United States of America — his legacy has influenced the past two hundred and seventy-five years.
It also seems he was rather prolific when it came to pithy quotes and I thought I'd share some of them. I will say I took these off of the Internet so their accuracy is suspect right from the start — they are still great quotes non the less.
"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."
"Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."
"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."
"Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy."
"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid."
"Well done is better than well said."
"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man."
"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning."
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."
"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."
Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17th, 1706, and if he were alive today he would be exactly two hundred and fifty-four years older than me. I think I will pick up a biography on Benjamin Franklin because there's still lots of time to influence the world.