Quotations From WILLIAM PENN


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  • They have a right to censure that have a heart to help: the rest is cruelty, not justice.
    William Penn (1644-1718), British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania. Some Fruits of Solitude, pt. 1, no. 46 (1693).

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  • No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.
    William Penn (1644-1718), British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania. No Cross, No Crown (pamphlet) (1669).

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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.
    William Penn (1644-1718), British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania. Advice to His Children (1699).

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  • Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.
    William Penn (1644-1718), British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania. Some Fruits of Solitude, pt. 1, no. 85 (1693).

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  • Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.
    William Penn (1644-1718), British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania. Some Fruits of Solitude (1693).

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