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What Would Ben Franklin Say About The Constitutional Walking Tour?

Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2018

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What would Ben Franklin say if he took The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia today? He’d probably post a witty 5 Star Trip Advisor review

Seriously though, we remember Franklin to this day for many reasons, including his many famous quotes. Some of our staff brainstormed their favorite Franklin witticisms and matched these sayings to the historic sites that we visit on The Constitutional's tour of America’s Birthplace.

Stop 1 - National Constitution Center, Your Adventure Begins - the Only Museum of its Kind in the World Dedicated to the U.S. Constitution

Franklin’s Saying: “Our new Constitution is now established, everything seems to promise it will be durable; but, in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.”

Stop 2 - The President’s House, Predecessor to the White House

Franklin’s Saying: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

Stop 3 - Declaration House, Where Thomas Jefferson Wrote The Declaration of Independence

Franklin’s Saying: “The noblest question in the world is: ‘What good may I do in it?’”

Stop 4 - Signers’ Walk, The Founding Fathers Walk of Fame

Franklin’s Saying: “We must all hang together, or most assuredly well hang separately!”

Stop 5 - Congress Hall, The former U.S. Capitol and Site of Two Presidential Inaugurations

Franklin’s Saying: “Well done is better than well said.”

Stop 6 - The Liberty Bell, The Quintessential Icon of American freedom

Franklin’s Saying: “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Stop 7 - Independence Hall, America’s Birthplace

Franklin’s Saying: “Now, at length, I have the happiness to know that it is a rising sun and not a setting sun!”

Stop 8 - Old City Hall, The Former Home of the U.S. Supreme Court

Franklin’s Saying: “The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”

Stop 9 - Signers’ Garden, Dedicated to Those Who Risked Their Lives for the Cause of American Freedom

Franklin’s Saying: “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.”

Stop 10 - Philosophical Hall, Oldest Scholarly Society in the United States

Franklin’s Saying: “You may delay, but time will not.”

Stop 11 - Library Hall, The Nation’s First Public Lending Library and the Former Library of Congress

Franklin’s Saying: “Toga, toga, toga” (just kidding) - “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

Stop 12 - Second Bank of The United States, One of the most important financial institutions in the world, now a portrait gallery

Franklin’s Saying: “If you would know the value of money, try to borrow some.”

Stop 13, Carpenters’ Hall, The birthplace of the American Identity

Franklin’s Saying: “No nation was ever ruined by trade, even seemingly the most disadvantageous.”

Stop 14, New Hall Military Museum, Interpreting the role of the military in early U.S. history

Franklin’s Saying: “There never was a good war or a bad peace.”

Stop 15 - The First Bank of the United States, Sparked the first great Constitutional debate

Franklin’s Saying: “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”

Stop 16, Franklin Court & B. Free Franklin Post Office & Museum, Ben Franklin's home and the only Colonial-themed Post Office in the U.S.

Franklin’s Saying: “Early to bed early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

Stop 17 - Christ Church, An Active Parish Since 1695, Often Called the Nation's Church

Franklin’s Saying: “The noblest question in the world is – What good can I do in it?”

Stop 18, Betsy Ross House, Where Betsy Ross Sewed the first Stars & Stripes

Franklin’s Saying: “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

Stop 19 - Arch Street Friends Meeting House, Home to the Society of Friends

Franklin’s Saying: “The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.”

Stop 20, Christ Church Burial Ground, The Final Resting Place of Benjamin Franklin

Franklin’s Saying: “A penny saved is a penny earned”

Stop 21 - National Constitution Center, Where You Can Exercise Your Right to Explore the Constitution of the United States

Franklin’s Saying: “Hip, Hip Huzzah.  Hip, Hip Huzzah.”

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