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William Penn
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If a civil word or two will render a man happy, he must be a wretch indeed who will not tell them to him. William Penn

Love is indeed heaven upon earth; since heaven above would not bo heaven without it; for where there is not love, there is fear; but, "Perfect love casteth out fear." William Penn

Never chide with anger, but instruction. William Penn

If thou rise with an Appetite, thou art sure never to sit down without one. William Penn

The wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs, which are, brief and pithy. William Penn

The difference between passion and love is that this is fixed, that volatile. Love grows, passion wastes, by enjoyment; and the reason is that one springs from a union of souls, and the other springs from a union of sense. William Penn

The way, like the cross, is spiritual: that is an inward submission of the soul to the will of God, as it is manifested by the light of Christ in the consciences of men, though it be contrary to their own inclinations. William Penn

Death cannot kill what never dies. William Penn

To hazard much to get much has more of avarice than wisdom. William Penn

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

To have religion upon authority, and not upon conviction, is like a finger-watch, to be set forwards or backwards, as he pleases that has it in keeping. William Penn

A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil, that good may come of it... It is as great presumption to send our passions upon God's errands, as to palliate them with God's name... We are too ready to retailiate, rather than forgive, or gain by love and information. And yet we could hurt no man that we believe loves us. Let us try then what Love will do: for if men did once see we love them, we should soon find they would not harm us. Force may subdue, but Love gains: and he that forgives first, wins the laurel. William Penn

We are told truly that meekness and modesty are the rich and charming garments of the soul. The less showy our outward attire is, the more distinctly and brilliantly does the beauty of these inner garments shine. William Penn

Anything less than full justice is cruelty. William Penn

A vain man is a nauseous creature: he is so full of himself that he has no room for anything else, be it never so good or deserving. William Penn

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

We are inclined to call things by the wrong names. We call prosperity 'happiness', and adversity 'misery' eventhough adversity is the school of wisdom and often the way to eternal happiness. William Penn

It were happy if we studied nature more in natural things; and acted according to nature, whose rules are few, plain, and most reasonable. William Penn

The humble, meek, merciful, and just are everywhere of one religion; and when death has taken off the mask they will know one another, though the diverse liveries they wear here make them strangers. William Penn

Knowledge is the treasure, but judgment is the treasurer of the one who is wise. William Penn

The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles. William Penn

No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself. William Penn

There can be no friendship where there is no freedom. Friendship loves a free air, and will not be fenced up in straight and narrow enclosures. William Penn

They have a Right to censure, that have a Heart to help: The rest is Cruelty, not Justice. William Penn

There can be no Friendship where there is no Freedom. William Penn

Passion may not unfitly be termed the mob of the man, that commits a riot upon his reason. William Penn

Love labor: for if thou dost not want it for food, thou mayest for physic. It is wholesome for thy body and good for thy mind. William Penn

Hasty resolutions are of the nature of vows, and to be equally avoided. William Penn

Five things are requisite to a good officer - ability, clean hands, despatch, patience, and impartiality. William Penn

Frugality is good if liberality be joined with it. The first is leaving off superfluous expenses; the last is bestowing them to the benefit of others that need. The first without the last begets covetousness; the last without the first begets prodigality. William Penn

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? William Penn

Were the superfluities of a nation valued, and made a perpetual tax or benevolence, there would be more alms-houses than poor, schools than scholars, and enough to spare for government besides. William Penn

To be innocent is to be not guilty; but to be virtuous is to overcome our evil inclinations. William Penn

Disappointments that aren't a result of our own foolishness are a testing of our faith or a correction from heaven, and it is our own fault if these disappointments don't work for our own good. William Penn

It is a severe Rebuke upon us, that God makes us so many Allowances, and we make so few to our Neighbor: As if Charity had nothing to do with Religion; Or Love with Faith, that ought to work by it. William Penn

Nothing shows our weakness more than to be so sharp-sighted at spying other men's faults, and so purblind about our own. William Penn

Justice is justly represented blind, because she sees no difference in the parties concerned. She has but one scale and weight, for rich and poor, great and small. William Penn

People are more afraid of the laws of Man than of God, because their punishment seems to be nearest. William Penn

Oppression makes a poor country. William Penn

Humility and knowledge in poor clothes excel pride and ignorance in costly attire. William Penn

Love is the hardest lesson in Christianity; but, for that reason, it should be most our care to learn it. William Penn

If it be an evil to judge rashly or untruly any single man, how much a greater sin it is to condemn a whole people. William Penn

Be rather bountiful, than expensive. William Penn

Religion itself is nothing else but Love to God and Man. He that lives in Love lives in God, says the Beloved Disciple: And to be sure a Man can live no where better. William Penn

A man in business must put up many affronts if he loves his own quiet. William Penn

We are apt to be very pert at censuring others, where we will not endure advice. William Penn

Drunkenness, spoils health, dismounts the mind, and unmans the man. William Penn

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

It is admirable to consider how many millions of people come into, and go out of the world, ignorant of themselves and of the world they have lived in. William Penn

It were endless to dispute upon everything that is disputable. William Penn

It is the difference betwixt lust and love that this is fixed, that volatile. Love grows, lust wastes by enjoyment. William Penn

Let us, then, try what love will do, for if people once see we love them, we should soon find that they would not harm us. . . . force may subdue, but love gains; and they who forgive first, win the laurel. William Penn

They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies. William Penn

Not to be provoked is best; but if moved, never correct till the fume is spent; for every stroke our fury strikes is sure to hit ourselves at last. William Penn

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

No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown. William Penn

It is not only a troublesome but slavish to be nice [fastidious]. William Penn

Sense shines with double lustre when set in humility. William Penn

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. William Penn

It is wise not to seek a secret, and honest not to reveal one. William Penn

God is better served in resisting a temptation to evil than in many formal prayers. William Penn

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

You are Englishmen; mind your privileges, give not away your right. William Penn

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If men will not be governed by God, they will be ruled by tyrants. William Penn

They that soar too high, often fall hard. William Penn

Cunning to wise, is as an Ape to a Man. William Penn

For though Death be a dark passage, it leads to immortality, and that is recompence enough for suffering of it. William Penn

A jealous man only sees his own spectrum when he looks upon other men, and gives his character in theirs. William Penn

It is a severe rebuke upon us, that God makes us so many allowances, and we make so few to our neighbour. William Penn



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