Quotations by William Penn

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Born: Friday, October 14, 1644
Died: Saturday, July 30, 1718 (73 years old)
Profession: Leader
Nationality: English


A good End cannot sanctify evil Means; nor must we ever do Evil, that Good may come of it.
- William Penn
(Keywords: End, Evil, May)

A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Friend)

Avoid popularity; it has many snares, and no real benefit.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Popularity)

Between a man and his wife nothing ought to rule but love. Authority is for children and servants, yet not without sweetness.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Love, Wife, Authority, Children, Man, Nothing, Sweetness)

For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Death, Time, Eternity)

Force may make hypocrites, but it can never make converts.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Force, May)

Force may subdue, but love gains, and he that forgives first wins the laurel.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Love, First, Force, May)

He that does good for good's sake seeks neither paradise nor reward, but he is sure of both in the end.
- William Penn
(Keywords: End, Paradise, Reward)

He that lives to live forever, never fears dying.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Dying)

He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father's wisdom than he who has a great deal left him does to his father's care.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Wisdom, Father, Care)

Humility and knowledge in poor clothes excel pride and ignorance in costly attire.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Knowledge, Clothes, Humility, Ignorance, Poor, Pride)

If thou wouldn't conquer thy weakness thou must not gratify it.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Weakness)

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.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Marriage, Beauty, Money, Wife, Friend, Virtue, Body, Mind, Self)

It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Church)

Justice is the insurance which we have on our lives and property. Obedience is the premium which we pay for it.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Justice, Obedience, Property)

Kings in this world should imitate God, their mercy should be above their works.
- William Penn
(Keywords: God, Kings, Mercy, World)

Knowledge is the treasure of a wise man.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Knowledge, Man, Treasure)

Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Judgment, Wit)

Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.
- William Penn
(Keywords: People, Will)

Love grows. Lust wastes by Enjoyment, and the Reason is, that one springs from an Union of Souls, and the other from an Union of Sense.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Love, Enjoyment, Lust, Reason, Sense)

Love is the hardest lesson in Christianity; but, for that reason, it should be most our care to learn it.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Love, Christianity, Care, Reason)

Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Men, Children, Dogs, Horses)

Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Men, God, Will)

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.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Mind, Oppression, Reading, Reason, World)

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.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Truth, Arguments, Coolness, Nothing, Reason, Right)

O Lord, help me not to despise or oppose what I do not understand.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Help)

Only trust thyself, and another shall not betray thee.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Trust)

Passion is a sort of fever in the mind, which ever leaves us weaker than it found us.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Mind, Passion)

Passion is the mob of the man, that commits a riot upon his reason.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Man, Mob, Passion, Reason, Riot)

Patience and Diligence, like faith, remove mountains.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Faith, Diligence, Mountains, Patience)

Rarely promise, but, if lawful, constantly perform.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Promise)

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.
- William Penn
(Keywords: God, Obedience, Rebellion)

Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Right, Wrong)

Sense shines with a double luster when it is set in humility. An able yet humble man is a jewel worth a kingdom.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Humility, Man, Sense, Worth)

Some are so very studious of learning what was done by the ancients that they know not how to live with the moderns.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Learning)

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.
- William Penn
(Keywords: End, Ostentation, Speech, Words)

The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves.
- William Penn

The tallest Trees are most in the Power of the Winds, and Ambitious Men of the Blasts of Fortune.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Men, Power, Fortune, Trees)

They have a right to censure that have a heart to help.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Heart, Censure, Help, Right)

Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Time, Want)

To be a man's own fool is bad enough, but the vain man is everybody's.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Fool, Man)

To be like Christ is to be a Christian.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Christian)

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.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Men, World)

True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Body, Mind, Rest, Silence, Sleep, Spirit)

Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than the arguments of its opposers.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Truth, Arguments)

We are apt to love praise, but not deserve it. But if we would deserve it, we must love virtue more than that.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Love, Virtue, Praise)







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