William Penn Quotes
Born: October 14, 1644
Died: July 30, 1718
If thou wouldst be happy, bring thy mind to thy condition, and have an indifferency for more than what is sufficient.
Eat... to live, and do not live to eat.
Never esteem people (including yourself) more because they have money, nor think less of anyone (including yourself) because they lack it. Virtue is the only just reason for respecting anyone, lack of virtue the only reason for holding anyone in low regard.
Never despise what you don't understand.
Though our Savior's passion is over, his compassion is not.
He who gives to the poor, lends to the Lord. But it may be said, not improperly, the Lord lends to us to give to the poor.
We need to stop arguing about Christ and start living like Christ.
We are told truly that meekness and modesty are the rich and charming garments of the soul. The less showy our outward attire is, the more distinctly and brilliantly does the beauty of these inner garments shine.
Disappointments that aren't a result of our own foolishness are a testing of our faith or a correction from heaven, and it is our own fault if these disappointments don't work for our own good.
A good end cannot sanctify evil means, nor must we ever do evil, that good may come of it... It is as great presumption to send our passions upon God's errands, as to palliate them with God's name... We are too ready to retailiate, rather than forgive, or gain by love and information. And yet we could hurt no man that we believe loves us. Let us try then what Love will do: for if men did once see we love them, we should soon find they would not harm us. Force may subdue, but Love gains: and he that forgives first, wins the laurel.
No religion is better than an unnatural one.
The Remedy often proves worse than the Disease.
The unspoken word never defeats one. What one does not say does not have to be explained.
You are Englishmen, mind your privileges, give not away your right.
No people can be truly happy... if abridged of the freedom of their consciences
God sends us the poor to try us.... And he that refuses them a little out of the great deal that God has given lays up poverty in store for his own posterity.
It is profitable wisdom to know when we have done enough: Much time and pains are spared in not flattering ourselves against probabilities.
Never chide with anger, but instruction.
Make few resolutions, but keep them strictly
But make not more business necessary than is so, and rather lessen than augment work for thyself.