William Penn (1644-1718) quotes

 

  • A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil, that good may come of it.
  • A true friend freely, advices justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.
  • Avoid popularity; it has many snares, and no real benefit.
  • For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.
  • Force may make hypocrites, but it can never make converts.
  • He that does good for good's sake seeks neither paradise nor reward, but he is sure of both in the end.
  • He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father's wisdom than he who has a great deal left him does to his father's care.
  • Humility and knowledge in poor clothes excel pride and ignorance in costly attire.
  • If thou wouldn't conquer thy weakness thou must not gratify it.
  • It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
  • Justice is the insurance which we have on our lives and property. Obedience is the premium which we pay for it.
  • Kings in this should imitate God, their mercy should be above their works.
  • Knowledge is the treasure of a wise man.
  • Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.
  • Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants.
  • O lord, help me not to despise or oppose what I do not understand.
  • Passion is a sort of fever in the mind, which ever leaves us weaker than it found us.
  • Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.
  • The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves.
  • Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.
  • To be a man's own fool is bad enough, but the vain man is everybody's.
  • To be like Christ is to be a Christian.

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