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 :: 1644-1718, British Religious Leader, Founder of Pennsylvania

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The public must and will be served.
~ William Penn - [Service]

 

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True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.
~ William Penn - [Silence]

 

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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 - [Temper]

 

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Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than from the arguments of its opposers.
~ William Penn - [Truth]

 

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To be innocent is to be not guilty; but to be virtuous is to overcome our evil inclinations.
~ William Penn - [Virtue]

 

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Hasty resolutions are of the nature of vows, and to be equally avoided.
~ William Penn - [Vow]

 

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Passion is the mob of the man, that commits a riot upon his reason.
~ William Penn - [Passion]

 

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Some are so very studious of learning what was done by the ancients that they know not how to live with the moderns.
~ William Penn - [Past]

 

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Avoid popularity; it has many snares, and no real benefit.
~ William Penn - [Popularity]

 

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We are apt to love praise, but not deserve it. But if we would deserve it, we must love virtue more than that.
~ William Penn - [Praise]

 

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He that does good for good's sake seeks neither paradise nor reward, but he is sure of both in the end.
~ William Penn - [Rewards]

 

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Right is right, even if everyone is against it; and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.
~ William Penn - [Right and Rightness]

 

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Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast.
~ William Penn - [Judgment and Judges]

 

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I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
~ William Penn - [Kindness]

 

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Kings in this should imitate God, their mercy should be above their works.
~ William Penn - [Kings]

 

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Knowledge is the treasure, but judgment is the treasurer of the one who is wise.
~ William Penn - [Knowledge]

 

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In marriage do thou be wise; prefer the person before money; virtue before beauty; the mind before the body.
~ William Penn - [Marriage]

 

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No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.
~ William Penn - [Pain]

 

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He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father's wisdom than he who has a great deal left him does to his father's care.
~ William Penn - [Fathers]

 

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Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.
~ William Penn - [Fathers]

 

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