William Penn Quotes

Most popular William Penn Quotes

The public must and will be served.
— William Penn
Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.
— William Penn

time

Our Law says well, "To delay justice, is injustice."

delay justice

Patience and diligence, like faith, remove mountains.

patience

Sense shines with a double luster when set in humility.
— William Penn
They have a right to censure, that have a heart to help.

helping others criticism

Wit is a happy and striking way of expressing a thought.

wit

Time is what we want most, but what, alas! We use worst.

time

Avoid popularity; it has many snares, and no real benefit.
— William Penn
Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.
— William Penn

democracy

Let the people think they govern, and they will be governed.
— William Penn
No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself.

self-control

Never marry but for love; but see that thou lovest what is lovely.
— William Penn
O Lord, help me not to despise or oppose what I do not understand.
— William Penn
Equivocation is half-way to lying, and lying the whole way to hell.
— William Penn

decision-making

The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves.

jealousy

Knowledge is the treasure, but judgment the treasurer of a wise man.
— William Penn
Knowledge is the treasure, but judgment the treasurer, of a wise man.

knowledge judgment

To be a man's own fool is bad enough; but the vain man is everybody's.

vanity

No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.
— William Penn
Liberty without obedience is confusion, and obedience without liberty is slavery.
— William Penn

freedom

If thou wouldst be happy . . . have an indifference for more than what is sufficient.
— William Penn
Friendship loves a free air, and will not be penned up in straight and narrow enclosures.

friendship

Justice is the insurance we have on our lives, and obedience is the premium we pay for it.
— William Penn

justice law

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

parents children father

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

truth

Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.
— William Penn

right and wrong

The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune.

ambition

One that does good for good's sake seeks neither praise nor reward, but he is sure of both in the end.
— William Penn
To be innocent is to be not guilty; but to be virtuous is to overcome our evil feelings and intentions.
— William Penn
Never give out while there is hope; but hope not beyond reason; for that shows more desire than judgment.

hope

Death is only an horizon, and an horizon is only the limit of our sight. Open our eyes to see more clearly...
— William Penn

death

True silence is the rest of the mind; it is the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.
— William Penn
Excess in apparel is another costly folly. The very trimming of the vain world would clothe all the naked ones.
— William Penn
True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.

silence

It were happy if we studied nature more in natural things; and acted according to nature, whose rules are few, plain, and most reasonable.
— William Penn

nature

We would be happy if we studied nature more in natural things; and acted according to nature, whose rules are few, plain, and most reasonable.