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WILLIAM PENN
English Quaker, colonizer and founder of Pennsylvania
(1644 - 1718)
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He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father's wisdom than he that has a great deal left him does to his father's care.
      - [Economy]

I have sometimes thought that people are, in a sort, happy, that nothing can put out of countenance with themselves, though they neither have nor merit other people's.
      - [Self-conceit]

I remember a passage of one of Queen Elizabeth's great men, as advice to his friend. "The advantage," says he, "I had upon others at court was that I always spoke as I thought; which being not believed by them, I both preserved a good conscience, and suffered no damage from that freedom"; which, as it shows the vice to be older than our times, so does it that gallant man's integrity to be the best way of avoiding it.
      - [Sincerity]

If thou wouldst conquer thy weakness, thou must never gratify it. No man is compelled to evil: his consent only makes it his. It is no sin to be tempted, but to be overcome.
      - [Sin]

If we would amend the world we should mend ourselves; and teach our children to be, not what we are, but what they should be.
      - [Posterity]

Interest has the security, though not the virtue of a principle. As the world goes, it is the surest side; for men daily leave both relations and religion to follow it.
      - [Interest]

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?
      - [Resignation]

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

It is he who is in the wrong who first gets angry.
      - [Anger]

It is the amends of a short and troublesome life, that doing good and suffering ill entitles man to one longer and better.
      - [Reverses]

It were better to be of no church; than to be bitter for any.
      - [Intolerance]

It were happy if we studied nature more in natural things; and acted according to nature, whose rules are few, plain, and most reasonable. Let us begin where she begins, go her pace, and close always where she ends, and we cannot miss of being good naturalists.
      - [Nature]

Justice is the insurance which we have on our lives and property, and obedience is the premium which we pay for it.
      - [Justice]

Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast. Yet it must be confessed that wit given an edge to sense, and recommends it extremely.
      - [Wit]

Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.
      - [Government]

Levity of behavior, always a weakness, is far more unbecoming in a woman than a man.
      - [Fools]

Love is indeed heaven upon earth; since heaven above would not be heaven without it; for where there is not love, there is fear; but, "Perfect love casteth out fear." And yet we naturally fear most to offend what we most love.
      - [Love]

Love labor; for if thou dost not want it for food, thou mayest for physic.
      - [Labor]

Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.
      - [Children]

Never marry but for love; but see that thou lovest what is lovely.
      - [Marriage]

Next to God, thy parents.
      - [Parents]

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.
      - [Revenge]

Only trust thyself, and another shall not betray thee.
      - [Self-trust]

Passion is the mob of the man, that commits a riot upon his reason.
      - [Passion]

Passion may not unfitly be termed the mob of the man, that commits a riot upon his reason.
      - [Passion]


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