William Penn


William Penn Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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Never Marry But For Love

Never marry but for love;
but see that thou lovest what is lovely.
If love be not the chiefest motive,
thou wilt soon grow weary of a married state and stray from thy promise,
to search out thy pleasures in forbidden places...

Between a man and his wife nothing ought to rule but love ...
As love ought to bring them together,
so it is the best way to keep them well together.

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