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William Penn

William Penn (14 October 1644 - 30 July 1718) was a Quaker who founded the Province of Pennsylvania, the British North American colony that became the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The democratic principles that he set forth served as an inspiration for the United States Constitution.
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Believe nothing against another but on good authority; and never report what may hurt another, unless it be a greater hurt to some other to conceal it.

William Penn

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.

William Penn

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

William Penn

All excess is ill, but drunkenness is of the worst sort. It spoils health, dismounts the mind, and unmans men. It reveals secrets, is quarrelsome, lascivious, impudent, dangerous and bad.

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A good End cannot sanctifie evil Means; nor must we ever do Evil, that Good may come of it.

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Between a man and his wife nothing ought to rule but love. Authority is for children and servants, yet not without sweetness.

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

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

William Penn

Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still.

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

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Only trust thyself, and another shall not betray thee.

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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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To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals - this alone is worth the struggle.

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If a civil word or two will render a man happy, he must be a wretch indeed who will not give them to him. Such a disposition is like lighting another man's candle by one's own, which loses none of its brilliancy by what the other gains.

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Method goes far to prevent trouble in business: for it makes the task easy, hinders confusion, saves abundance of time, and instructs those that have business depending, both what to do and what to hope.

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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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Justice is the insurance which we have on our lives and property. Obedience is the premium which we pay for it.

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Patience and diligence, like faith, remove mountains.

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

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If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not deter or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.

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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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Never marry but for love; but see that thou lovest what is lovely.

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If men will not be governed by God, they will be ruled by tyrants.

William Penn

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

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