William Penn


English Quaker and American Colonist, Founder of Pennsylvania, Real Estate Entrepreneur

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A wise neuter joins with neither, but uses both, as his honest interest leads him.

Between a man and his wife nothing ought to rule but love. Authority is for children and servants, yet not without sweetness.

Dislike what deserves it, but never hate: for that is of the nature of malice; which is almost ever to persons, not things, and is one of the blackest qualities sin begets in the soul.

Friendship loves a free air, and will not be penned up in straight and narrow enclosures.

I know no religion that destroys courtesy, civility, and kindness.

If we would amend the world we should mend ourselves and teach our children to be not what we are but what they should be.

It is he who is in the wrong who first gets angry.

Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast. Yet it must be confessed that wit given an edge to sense, and recommends it extremely.

Naked Truth needs no shift.

Of what benefit is it to say our prayers regularly, go to church, receive the sacraments, and maybe go to confessions too; ay, feast the priest, and give alms to the poor, and yet lie, swear, curse, be drunk, covetous, unclean, proud, revengeful, vain and idle at the same time?

She is but half a wife that is not, nor is capable of being, a friend.

There is a truth and beauty in rhetoric; but it oftener serves ill turns than good ones.

'Tis the glory of a man to vail to truth; as it is the mark of a good nature to be easily entreated.

Wear none of thine own Chains; but keep free, whilst thou art free.

Again, in presented William Penn quotes of his writings, there is a proof of wisdom and inspiration in his advice to humanity.

But in marriage do thou be wise; prefer the Person before Money, Virtue before Beauty, the Mind before the Body: Then thou hast a Wife, a Friend, a Companion, a Second Self; one that bears an equal Share with thee in all thy toils and troubles.

Do good with what thou hast, or it will do thee no good.

Generally, money lies nearest them that are nearest their graves.

I remember a passage of one of Queen Elizabeth's great men, as advice to his friend. "The advantage," says he, "I had upon others at court was that I always spoke as I thought; which being not believed by them, I both preserved a good conscience, and suffered no damage from that freedom"; which, as it shows the vice to be older than our times, so does it that gallant man's integrity to be the best way of avoiding it.

If you protect a man from folly, you will soon have a nation of fools.

It is the amends of a short and troublesome life, that doing good and suffering ill entitles man to one longer and better.

Lest, selling that noble inheritance for a poor mess of perishing pottage, you never enter into His eternal rest.

Never give out while there is hope; but hope not beyond reason, for that shows more desire than judgment.

Only trust thy self and another shall not betray thee.

Some are so very studious of learning what was done by the ancients that they know not how to live with the moderns.

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English Quaker and American Colonist, Founder of Pennsylvania, Real Estate Entrepreneur