William Penn Quotes




"To be like Christ is to be a Christian."

"He that lives to live forever, never fears dying."

"Rarely promise, but, if lawful, constantly perform."

"Time is what we want most, but what we use worst."

"Avoid popularity; it has many snares, and no real benefit."

"Between a man and his wife nothing ought to rule but love."

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

"Let the people think they govern and they will be governed."

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

"For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity."

"Passion is the mob of the man, that commits a riot upon his reason."

"O Lord, help me not to despise or oppose what I do not understand."

"To be a man's own fool is bad enough, but the vain man is everybody's."

"Force may subdue, but love gains, and he that forgives first wins the laurel."

"No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown."

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

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

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it."

"Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children."

"A good End cannot sanctify evil Means; nor must we ever do Evil, that Good may come of it."

"Love is the hardest lesson in Christianity; but, for that reason, it should be most our care to learn it."

"He that does good for good's sake seeks neither paradise nor reward, but he is sure of both in the end."

"Justice is the insurance which we have on our lives and property. Obedience is the premium which we pay for it."

"True religion does not draw men out of the world but enables them to live better in it and excites their endeavors to mend it."

"Love grows. Lust wastes by Enjoyment, and the Reason is, that one springs from an Union of Souls, and the other from an Union of Sense."

"Children, Fear God; that is to say, have an holy awe upon your minds to avoid that which is evil, and a strict care to embrace and do that which is good."

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

"Love is indeed Heaven upon Earth; since Heaven above would not be Heaven without it: For where there is not Love; there is Fear: But perfect Love casts out Fear."

"Men being born with a title to perfect freedom and uncontrolled enjoyment of all the rights and privileges of the law of nature... no one can be put out of his estate and subjected to the political view of another, without his consent."

"There is one great God and power that has made the world and all things therein, to whom you and I and all people owe their being and well-being, and to whom you and I must one day give an account for all that we do in this world."

"There is one great God and power that has made the world and all things therein, to whom you and I and all people owe their being and well-being, and to whom you and I must one day give an account for all that we do in this world. This great God has written his law in our hearts, by which we are taught and commanded to love and help and do good to one another, and not to do harm and mischief one unto another. Now this great God has been pleased to make me concerned in your parts of the world, and the king of the country where I live has given unto me a great province therein, but I desire to enjoy it with your friends, else what would the great God say to us, who has made us not to devour and destroy one another, but live soberly and kindly together in the world."

Compiled by Thomas George
editor@Wisdom-of-the-Wise.com