William Penn (1644-1718)

“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.”

“A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably”

“Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.”

“In all debates, let truth be thy aim, not victory, or an unjust interest.”

“They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies. Nor can spirits ever be divided, that love and live in the same divine principle, the root and record of their friendship. If absence be not death, neither is theirs. Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still. For they must needs be present, that love and live in that which is omnipresent. In this divine glass they see face to face; and their converse is free, as well as pure. This is the comfort of friends, that though they may be said to die, yet their friendship and society are, in the best sense, ever present, because immortal.”

“Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still. For they must needs be present, that love and live in that which is omnipresent. In this divine glass, they see face to face; and their converse is free as well as pure. This is the comfort of friends, that though they may be said to die, yet their friendship and society are, in the best sense, ever present, because immortal.”

“Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.”

“Only trust thyself, and another shall not betray thee” 

“True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.”

“Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.”

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

 “Let us try what love will do.”

 “He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father’s wisdom than he who has a great deal left to him owes to his father’s care.”

 “No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.”

 “A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil that good may come of it.”

“Avoid popularity it has many snares and no real benefit.”

“Right is right even if everyone is against it. And wrong is wrong even if everyone is for it.”

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

“Let the people think they govern and they will be governed”

“Let us see what love can do.”

“Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood.” 

“No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself.”

 “The jealous are troublesome to others, but torment to themselves.”

 “Nothing does reason more right, than the coolness of those that offer it: For truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders, than from the arguments of its opposers.”

 “This is the comfort of the godly: the grave cannot hold them, and they live as soon as they die. For death is no more than turning us over from time to eternity.”

 “Right is right even if everyone is against it and wrong is wrong even if everyone is for it.”

 “If men be good, government cannot be bad.”

 “Justice is the insurance which we have on our lives and property. Obedience is the premium which we pay for it. ”

 “My prison will be my grave before I budge a jot, for I owe my conscience to no mortal man.”

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

 “All excess is ill, but drunkenness is of the worst sort. It spoils health, dismounts the mind, and unmans men: It reveals secrets, is quarrelsome, lascivious, Impudent, dangerous and mad. In fine, he that is drunk is not a man: because he is so long void of reason, that distinguishes a man from a beast.”

 “Much reading is an oppression of the mind, and extinguishes the natural candle, which is the reason of so many senseless scholars in the world.”

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