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William Penn Quotes


A Quaker who founded the Province of Pennsylvania, the British North American colony that became the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
(1644 - 1718)

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A good End cannot sanctify evil Means; nor must we ever do Evil, that Good may come of it.
 

A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.
[Friendship]
 

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

Above all things endeavor to breed them up in the love of virtue, and that holy plain way of it which we have lived in, that the world in no part of it get into my family. I had rather they were homely, than finely bred as to outward behavior; yet I love sweetness mixed with gravity, and cheerfulness tempered with sobriety.
[Children]
 

All excess is ill, but drunkeness is of the worst sort. It spoils health, dismounts the mind, and unmans men. It reveals secrets, is quarrelsome, lascivious, impudent, dangerous and bad.
[Drunkenness]
 

All humble, meek, merciful, just, pious, and devout souls are everywhere of one religion, and when death has taken off the mask, they will know one another, though the divers liveries they wear make them strangers.
[Religion]
 

All we have is the Almighty's, and shall not God have his own when he calls for it?
[Resignation]
 

Always rise from the table with an appetite, and you will never sit down without one.
[Abstinence]
 

Avoid popularity; it has many snares, and no real benefit.
[Popularity]
 

Be rather bountiful than expensive; do good with what thou hast, or it will do thee no good.
 

Believe nothing against another, but on good authority; nor report what may hurt another, unless it be a greater hurt to some other to conceal it.
[Calumny]
 

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

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.
[Virtue]
 

Dislike what deserves it, but never hate, for that is of the nature of malice, which is applied to persons, not to things.
[Hatred]
 

Do not use thyself to dispute against thine own judgment to show thy wit, lest it prepare thee to be indifferent about what is right; nor against another man to vex him, or for mere trial of skill, since to inform or be informed ought to be the end of all conferences.
 

Do what good thou canst unknown, and be not vain of what ought rather to be felt than seen.
 

Excess in apparel is another costly folly. - The very trimming of the vain world would clothe all the naked ones.
 

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

For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.
[Death]
 

Force may make hypocrites, but it can never make converts.
 


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