quote by William Penn

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.

— William Penn

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It seems that wherever the Welfare State is involved, the moral precept, "Thou shalt not steal," becomes altered to say: "Thou shalt not steal, except for what thou deemest to be a worthy cause, where thou thinkest that thou canst use the loot for a better purpose than wouldst the victim of the theft."

And I pray thee, loving Jesus, that as Thou hast graciously given me to drink in with delight the words of Thy knowledge, so Thou wouldst mercifully grant me to attain one day to Thee, the fountain of all wisdom and to appear forever before Thy face.

If thou wouldst preserve a sound body, use fasting and walking;

if a healthful soul, fasting and praying. Walking exercises the body; praying exercises the soul; fasting cleanses both.

Thou who wouldst see the lovely and the wild Mingled in harmony on Nature's face, Ascend our rocky mountains. Let thy foot Fail not with weariness, for on their tops The beauty and the majesty of earth, Spread wide beneath, shall make thee to forget The steep and toilsome way.

If thou wilt be observant and vigilant, thou wilt see at every moment the response to thy action. Be observant if thou wouldst have a pure heart, for something is born to thee in consequence of every action.

When thou cam'st first, Thou strok'st me and made much of me;

wouldst give me Water with berries in't; and teach me how To name the bigger light, and how the less, That burn by day and night; and then I loved thee And showed thee all the qualities o' th' isle, The fresh springs, brine-pits, barren place and fertile.

Wouldst thou know thyself, observe the actions of others.

Wouldst thou other men know, look thou within thine own heart.

Oh the folly of any mind that would explain God before obeying Him! That would map out the character of God instead of crying, Lord, what wouldst thou have me to do?

Make me what Thou wouldst have me. I bargain for nothing. I make no terms. I seek for no previous information whither Thou art taking me. I will be what Thou wilt make me, and all that Thou wilt make me. I say not, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest, for I am weak, but I give myself to Thee, to lead me anywhither.

If thou wouldst hear what seemly is and fit, inquire of noble woman;

they can tell, who in life's common usage hold their place by graceful deed and aptly chosen word.

If thou wouldst conquer thy weakness, thou must never gratify it.

No man is compelled to evil: his consent only makes it his. It is no sin to be tempted, but to be overcome.

If thou hadst simplicity and purity, thou wouldst be able to comprehend all things without error, and behold them without danger. The pure heart safely pervades not only heaven, but hell.

If thou wouldst find much favor and peace with God and man, be very low in thine own eyes; forgive thyself little, and others much.

If thou wouldst marry wisely, marry thine equal.

Wouldst thou shut up the avenues of ill, Pay every debt as if God wrote the bill.

Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o' the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way: thou wouldst be great; Art not without ambition, but without The illness should attend it: what thou wouldst highly, That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false, And yet wouldst wrongly win.

It is thy duty often times to do what thou wouldst not;

thy duty too, to leave undone that thou wouldst do.

Art thou afeard To be the same in thine own act and valour As thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life, And live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would,' Like the poor cat i' the adage?

Wouldst thou enjoy a long Life, a healthy Body, and a vigorous Mind, and be acquainted also with the wonderful Works of God? labour in the first place to bring thy Appetite into Subjection to Reason.

I have been taken by Satan into the highest mountain in the earth, and when there he said he to me, ‘Child of earth, what wouldst thou have to make thee adore me?’ I replied, ‘Listen, I wish to be Providence myself, for I feel that the most beautiful, noblest, most sublime thing in the world, is to recompense and punish.

If thou wouldst conquer thy weakness, thou must never gratify it.

Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldst not have ascribed to thee, and say not that which though doest not.

A knave; a rascal; an eater of broken meats; a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy, worsted-stocking knave; a lily-livered, action-taking knave, a whoreson, glass-gazing, super-serviceable finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a bawd, in way of good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar, and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch: one whom I will beat into clamorous whining, if thou deniest the least syllable of thy addition.

If thou wouldst be happy, bring thy mind to thy condition, and have an indifferency for more than what is sufficient.

What wouldst thou do, old man? Think'st thou that duty shall have dread to speak When power to flattery bows?

One of my favourite quotations is: 'That which thy father bequeathed thee, earn it anew, if thou wouldst possess it.'

That which thy fathers have bequeathed to thee, earn it anew if thou wouldst possess it.

Two sources of success are known: wisdom and effort;

make them both thine own, if thou wouldst haply rise.

Be patient, if thou wouldst thy ends accomplish;

for like patience is there no appliance effective of success, producing certainly abundant fruit of actions, never damped by failure, conquering all impediments.

Wouldst thou be famed? have those high acts in view, Brave men would act though scandal would ensue.

Dear friend, I pray thee, if thou wouldst be proving Thy strong regard for me, Make me no vows. Lip-service is not loving; Let thy faith speak for thee.

Live for thy neighbor if thou wouldst live for thyself.

If thou hadst a good conscience thou wouldst not greatly fear death.

Presumptuous Man! the reason wouldst thou find,Why form'd so weak, so little, and so blind?First, if thou canst, the harder reason guess,Why form'd no weaker, blinder, and no less!Ask of thy mother earth, why oaks are madeTaller or stronger than the weeds they shade?Or ask of yonder argent fields above,Why Jove's Satellites are less than Jove?

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