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WILLIAM PENN
English Quaker, colonizer and founder of Pennsylvania
(1644 - 1718)
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Patience and diligence, like faith, remove mountains.
      - [Diligence]

Rarely promise, but, if lawful, constantly perform.
      - [Performance : Promises]

Religion is the fear of God, and its demonstration good works; and faith is the root of both: "For without faith we cannot please God;" nor can we fear what we do not believe.
      - [Religion]

Right is right, even if everyone is against it; and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.
      - [Right]

Sense shines with a double lustre when it is set in humility. An able and yet humble man is a jewel worth a kingdom.
      - [Humility]

She is but half a wife that is not, nor is capable of being, a friend.
      - [Wives]

Show is not substance; realities govern wise men.
      - [Ostentation]

Some are so very studious of learning what was done by the ancients that they know not how to live with the moderns.
      - [Learning]

Some men do as much begrudge others a good name, as they want one themselves; and perhaps that is the reason of it.
      - [Names]

That plenty should produce either covetousness or prodigality is a perversion of providence; and yet the generality of men are the worse for their riches.
      - [Wealth]

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.
      - [Passion]

The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves.
      - [Jealousy]

The only fountain in the wilderness of life, where man drinks of water totally unmixed with bitterness, is that which gushes for him in the calm and shady recess of domestic life.
      - [Domesticity]

The receipts of cookery are swelled to a volume; but a good stomach excels them all.
      - [Cookery]

The smaller the drink, the clearer the head.
      - [Intemperance]

The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune.
      - [Ambition]

The truest end of life is to know the life that never ends.
      - [Life]

The usefullest truths are plainest; and while we keep to them, our differences cannot rise high.
      - [Truth]

The wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs, which are, brief and pithy.
      - [Brevity]

There is a truth and beauty in rhetoric; but it oftener serves ill turns than good ones.
      - [Rhetoric]

There is nothing of which we are apt to be so lavish as of time, and about which we ought to be more solicitous, since without it we can do nothing in this world. Time is what we want most, but what, alas! we use worst.
      - [Time]

To be a man's own fool is bad enough; but the vain man is everybody's.
      - [Vanity]

To be furious in religion is to be irreligiously religious.
      - [Religion]

To be innocent is to be not guilty; but to be virtuous is to overcome our evil inclinations.
      - [Innocence]

To do evil that good may come of it is for bunglers in politics as well as mortals.
      - [Evil]


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