William Penn Quotes

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

William Penn

To be innocent is to be not guilty; but to be virtuous is to overcome our evil inclinations.

William Penn

Avoid flatterers, for they are thieves in disguise.

William Penn

Clear therefore they head, and rally, and manage thy thoughts rightly, and thou wilt save time, and see and do thy business well; for thy judgement will be distinct, thy mind free, and the faculties strong and regular.

William Penn

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.

William Penn

We meet on the broad pathway of good faith and good will; no advantage shall be taken on either side, but all shall be openness and love. I will not call you children, -- for parents sometimes chide their children too severely; nor brothers only, -- for brothers differ. The friendship between me and you I will not compare to a chain; for that the rains might rust, or the falling tree might break. We are the same as if one man's body were to be divided into two parts, we are all one flesh and blood.

William Penn

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

William Penn

Rarely promise, but, if lawful, constantly perform.

William Penn

True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. It is a great virtue: it covers folly, keeps secrets, avoids disputes, and prevents sin.

William Penn

If you protect a man from folly, you will soon have a nation of fools.

William Penn

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
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