36 Great Quotes By William Penn
Founder of the Province of Pennsylvania
London, United Kingdom
Founder / Co Founder:
Province of Pennsylvania
William Penn was a celebrated English philosopher, founder of the State of Pennsylvania, real estate entrepreneur, and early Quaker. He was an early proponent of religious freedom and democracy. He is also renowned for his successful treaties and amiable relations with the Lenape Native Americans. The city of Philadelphia was designed and developed under his direction. Being one of the early exponents of colonial unification, he urged and wrote in favour of uniting all the English colonies. United States Constitution drew inspiration from the democratic principles that Penn set forth in the Pennsylvania Frame of Government. We have rounded some notable quotes and sayings by William Penn, which have been collected from his works, thoughts, writings, books and life. Zoom through for the famous quotes and thoughts by William Penn on friendship, jealousy, beauty, mind, health, sleep, trust, knowledge, ignorance, laurels, eternity, popularity, etc.
Time is what we want most,but what we use worst. In all debates, let truth be thy aim, not victory, or an unjust interest. A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore there be any kindness I can show...let me do it now. Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants. True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. I know no religion that destroys courtesy, civility, and kindness. Avoid popularity it has many snares and no real benefit. A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil that good may come of it. Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still. Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood. Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children. Only trust theyself, and another shall noet betray thee Let us see what love can do. Let us try what love will do. Let the people think they govern and they will be governed No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself. If we would mend the World,
we should mend Ourselves;
and teach our Children to be,
not what we are,
but what they should be. No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown. 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. My prison will be my grave before I budge a jot, for I owe my conscience to no mortal man. He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father’s wisdom than he who has a great deal left to him owes to his father’s care. This is the comfort of the godly: the grave cannot hold them, and they live as soon as they die.
For death is no more than turning us over from time to eternity. For death is no more than turning us over from time to eternity. Let us then try what love can do to mend a broken world. The jealous are troublesome to others, but torment to themselves. Justice is the insurance which we have on our lives and property. Obedience is the premium which we pay for it. (advice to his children)
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. Wear none of thine own Chains; but keep free, whilst thou art free.
Tis admirable to consider, how Powerful the Kings are, yet they move by the Breath of their People.
I expect to pass through this life but once. Therefore, if there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do for another human being, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again.
This is the comfort of friends, that though they may be said to die, yet their friendship and society are, in the best sense, ever present, because immortal.
If men be good, government cannot be bad.
Knowledge is the treasure, but judgment is the treasurer of a wise man.
All Excess is ill: But Drunkenness is of the worst Sort. Between a Man and his Wife nothing ought to rule but Love. Authority is for Children and Servants; yet not without Sweetness.