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Quotes of the day: William Penn

Published Monday, October 13, 2014 @ 9:15 PM EDT
Oct 13 2014

William Penn (October 14, 1644 - July 30, 1718) was an English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, early Quaker and founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, the English North American colony and the future Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was an early advocate of democracy and religious freedom, notable for his good relations and successful treaties with the Lenape Indians. Under his direction, the city of Philadelphia was planned and developed. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil, that good may come of it.

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

Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them; and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too.

If a civil word or two will render a man happy, he must be a wretch indeed who will not tell them to him.

It were better to be of no church, than to be bitter for any.

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

Liberty without obedience is confusion, and obedience without liberty us slavery.

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

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

My prison shall be my grave before I will budge a jot; for I owe my conscience to no mortal man.

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

Passion is a sort of fever in the mind, which ever leaves us weaker than it found us.

The public must and will be served.

There can be no Friendship where there is no Freedom

They have a right to censure, that have a heart to help: The rest is cruelty, not justice.

Time is what we want most, but what, alas! we use worst; and for which God will certainly most strictly reckon with us, when Time shall be no more.

To do evil that good may come of it is for bunglers in politics as well as morals.

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

Where charity keeps pace with grain, industry is blessed, but to slave to get, and keep it sordidly, is a sin against Providence, a vice in government and an injury to their neighbors.


(October 14 is also the birthday of Dwight Eisenhower and E.E. Cummings.)

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