I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.

— William Penn

The most colossal William Penn quotes that are free to learn and impress others

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

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The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.

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

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William Penn quote Avoid popularity; it has many snares and

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

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

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True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.

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

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William Penn quote Time is what we want most, but what we u

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

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They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.

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

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

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If it be an evil to judge rashly or untruly any single man, how much a greater sin it is to condemn a whole people.

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In marriage do thou be wise: prefer the person before money, virtue before beauty, the mind before the body; then thou hast a wife, a friend, a companion, a second self.

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

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About William Penn

Quotes 253 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Leader
Birthday 24 October 1644

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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The wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs, which are brief and pithy.

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The only fountain in the wilderness of life, where man drinks of water totally unmixed with bitterness, is that which gushes for him in the calm and shady recess of domestic life.

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The wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs, which are brief and pithy.

Collect and learn them; they are notable measures of directions for human life; you have much in little; they save time in speaking; and upon occasion may be the fullest and safest answer.

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If thou wouldst rule well, thou must rule for God, and to do that, thou must be ruled by him. Those who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.

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Eat... to live, and do not live to eat.

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We are inclined to call things by the wrong names.

We call prosperity 'happiness', and adversity 'misery' eventhough adversity is the school of wisdom and often the way to eternal happiness.

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Patience and Diligence, like faith, remove mountains.

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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.

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It were happy if we studied nature more in natural things;

and acted according to nature, whose rules are few, plain, and most reasonable.

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

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Covetousness is the greatest of monsters, as well as the root of all evil.

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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.

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There can be no friendship where there is no freedom.

Friendship loves a free air, and will not be fenced up in straight and narrow enclosures.

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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.

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Much reading is an oppression of the mind, and extinguishes the natural candle, which is the reason of so many senseless scholars in the world.

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Death cannot kill what never dies.

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Peace can only be secured by justice; never by force of arms.

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Only trust thyself, and another shall not betray thee.

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

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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.

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

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Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than from the arguments of its opposers.

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

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

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Those who live to live forever, never fear dying.

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There can be no Friendship where there is no Freedom.

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In marriage do thou be wise; prefer the person before money; virtue before beauty; the mind before the body.

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Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than the arguments of its opposers.

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Friendship is the union of spirits, a marriage of hearts, and the bond thereof virtue

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The best recreation is to do good.

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False-dealing travels a short road, and surely detected.

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Never give out while there is hope; but hope not beyond reason, for that shows more desire than judgement.

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The truest end of life is to know the life that never ends.

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I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do ... let me do it now.

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A jealous man only sees his own spectrum when he looks upon other men, and gives his character in theirs.

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Knowledge is the treasure of a wise man.

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