William Penn


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

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A Man in Business must put up many Affronts, if he loves his own Quiet.

As Love ought to bring them together, so it is the best Way to keep them well together.

Choose thy clothes by thine own eyes, not another's.

For as men in battle are continually in the way of shot, so we, in this world, are ever within the reach of Temptation.

He that espouses parties, can hardly divorce himself from their fate; and more fall with their party than rise with it.

If men would once consider one another reasonably, they would either reconcile their differences, or more amicably maintain them.

Is it reasonable to take it ill, that anybody desires of us that which is their own? All we have is the Almighty's; and shall not God have his own when he calls for it?

Jealousy is a kind of civil war in the soul, where judgment and imagination are at perpetual jars. This civil dissension in the mind, like that of the body politic, commits great disorders, and lays all waste. Nothing stands safe in its way; Nature, interest, religion, must yield to its fury. It violates contracts, dissolves society, breaks wedlock, betrays friends and neighbors. Nobody is good, and everyone is either doing or designing them a mischief. It has a venom that more or less rankles wherever it bites: And as it reports fancies or facts, so it disturbs its own house as often as other folks.

Man being made a reasonable, and so a thinking creature, there is nothing more worthy of his being, than the right direction and employment of his thoughts; since upon this depends both his usefulness to the public, and his own present and future benefit in all respects.

Nor can we expect to be heard of God in our prayers, that turn the deaf ear to the petitions of the distressed among out fellow creatures.

Reason, like the Sun, is common to all; and 'tis for want of examining all by the same light and measure, that we are not all of the same mind: For all have it to that end, though not all do use it so.

The only gratification a covetous man gives his neighbors, is, to let them see that he himself is as little better for what he has, as they are.

They that soar too high, often fall hard.

True godliness does not turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it and excites their endeavors to mend it.

Wit gives an edge to sense, and recommends it extremely.

A man, like a watch, is to be valued for his manner of going.

Avoid flatterers, for they are thieves in disguise. Their praise is costly, designing to get by those they bespeak. They are the worst of creatures; they lie to flatter and flatter to cheat, and, which is worse, if you believe them, you cheat yourselves most dangerously.

Content not thyself that thou art virtuous in the general; for one link being wanting, the chain is defective. Perhaps thou art rather innocent than virtuous, and owest more to thy constitution than to thy religion.

For disappointments, that come not by our own folly, they are the trials or corrections of Heaven: and it is our own fault, if they prove not our advantage.

He that lives in Love lives in God, says the Beloved Disciple: And to be sure a Man can live nowhere better. It is most reasonable Men should value that Benefit, which is most durable. Now Tongues shall cease, and Prophecy fail, and Faith shall be consummated in Sight, and Hope in Enjoyment; but Love remains.

If there be three distinct and separate Persons, then three distinct and separate Substances. . . . And since the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Spirit is God . . . then unless the Father, Son and Spirit are three distinct Nothings, they must be three distinct Substances, and consequently three distinct Gods.

It is a coal from God's altar must kindle our fire; and without fire, true fire, no acceptable sacrifice.

Just and noble minds rejoice in other men's success.

Many able Gardeners and Husbandmen are yet Ignorant of the Reason of their Calling; as most Artificers are of the Reason of their own Rules that govern their excellent Workmanship. But a Naturalist and Mechanick of this sort is Master of the Reason of both, and might be of the Practice too, if his Industry kept pace with his Speculation; which were every commendable; and without which he cannot be said to be a complete Naturalist or Mechanick.

Nor must we always be neutral where our neighbors are concerned: for tho' meddling is a fault, helping is a duty.

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