William Penn


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

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All men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences; no man can of right be compelled to attend, erect, or support any place of worship, or to maintain any ministry against his consent; no human authority can, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience, and no preference shall ever be given by law to any religious establishment or modes of worship.

Charity is ... a universal remedy against discord, and an holy cement for mankind.

Equivocation is half way to lying and lying the whole way to hell.

Haste makes Work which Caution prevents.

If love be not thy chiefest motive, thou wilt soon grow weary of a married state, and stray from thy promise, to search out thy pleasures in forbidden places.

In all things reason should prevail; it is quite another thing to be stiff, than to be steady in an opinion.

It is wise not to seek a secret, and honest not to reveal one.

Let us try what love will do.

No man is compelled to evil; his consent only makes it his.

Passion is a sort of fever in the mind, which ever leaves us weaker than it found us... It more than anything deprives us of the use of our judgment; for it raises a dust very hard to see through. Like wine, whose lees fly by being jogg'd, it is too muddy to drink.

The Country is both the Philosopher's Garden and his Library, in which he Reads and Contemplates the Power, Wisdom and Goodness of God.

They have a Right to censure, that have a Heart to help: The rest is Cruelty, not Justice.

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

Where Example keeps pace with Authority, Power hardly fails to be obey'd

All we have is the Almighty's, and shall not God have his own when he calls for it?

Children had rather be making of Tools and Instruments of Play; Shaping, Drawing, Framing, and Building, &c. than getting some Rules of Propriety of Speech by Heart: And those also would follow with more Judgment, and less Trouble and Time.

Excess in apparel is another costly folly. The very trimming of the vain world would clothe all the naked ones.

Have a care, therefore, where there is more sail than ballast.

If Man be the Index or Epitomy of the World, as Philosophers tell us, we have only to read our selves well to be learned in it.

In fine, he that is drunk is not a Man: Because he is so long void of Reason, that distinguishes a Man from a Beast.

It were endless to dispute upon everything that is disputable.

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

No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself.

Patience and diligence, like faith, remove mountains.

The country life is to be preferred, for there we see the works of God; but in cities little else but the works of men. And the one makes a better subject for contemplation than the other.

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