William Penn

William
Penn
1644
1718

English Quaker and American Colonist, Founder of Pennsylvania, Real Estate Entrepreneur

Author Quotes

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

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

Death is no more than a turning of us over from Time to Eternity.

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

Humility and knowledge in poor clothes excel pride and ignorance in costly attire.

If thou wouldst be happy ... have an indifference for more than what is sufficient.

It is a severe Rebuke upon us, that God makes us so many Allowances, and we make so few to our Neighbor: As if Charity had nothing to do with Religion; Or Love with Faith, that ought to work by it.

Kings in this world should imitate God, their mercy should be above their works.

Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants

Nothing more shows the low condition Man is fallen into, than the unsuitable notion we must have of God, by the ways we take to please him.

Seek not to be Rich, but Happy. The one lies in Bags, the other in Content: which Wealth can never give.

The smaller the drink the clearer the head and the cooler the blood, which are great benefits in temper and business.

Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.

We are too careless of posterity, not considering that as they are so the next generation will be.

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

Be sure that religion cannot be right that a man is the worse for having.

Death then, being the way and condition of life, we cannot love to live if we cannot bear to die.

Friends are true Twins in Soul; they Sympathize in everything, and have the Love and Aversion. One is not happy without the other, nor can either of them be miserable alone. As if they could change Bodies, they take their turns in Pain as well as in Pleasure; relieving one another in their most adverse Conditions. What one enjoys, the other cannot Want. Like the Primitive Christians, they have all things in common, and no Property but in one another.

I desire to gain your Love and Friendship by a kind, Just and Peaceful Life.

If thou would'st be happy, bring thy mind to thy condition, and have an indifference for more than what is sufficient.

It is admirable to consider how many Millions of People come into, and go out of the World, Ignorant of themselves, and of the World they have lived in.

Knowledge is the treasure of a wise man.

Method goes far to prevent trouble in business: for it makes the task easy, hinders confusion, saves abundance of time, and instructs those that have business depending, both what to do and what to hope.

Nothing shows our weakness more than to be so sharp-sighted at spying other men's faults, and so purblind about our own.

Sense never fails to give them that have it, words enough to make them understood. It too often happens in some conversations, as in apothecary shops, that those pots that are empty, or have things of small value in them, are as gaudily dress'd as those that are full of precious drugs. They that soar too high, often fall hard, making a low and level dwelling preferable. The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune. Buildings have need of a good foundation, that lie so much exposed to the weather.

Author Picture
First Name
William
Last Name
Penn
Birth Date
1644
Death Date
1718
Bio

English Quaker and American Colonist, Founder of Pennsylvania, Real Estate Entrepreneur