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William Penn
October 14, 1644 - July 30, 1718
Nationality: English
Category: Leader
Subcategory: English Leader

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


True godliness does not turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it and excites their endeavors to mend it.


True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.


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


Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.


It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.


Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.


The tallest Trees are most in the Power of the Winds, and Ambitious Men of the Blasts of Fortune.


Humility and knowledge in poor clothes excel pride and ignorance in costly attire.


In marriage do thou be wise: prefer the person before money, virtue before beauty, the mind before the body; then thou hast a wife, a friend, a companion, a second self.


Knowledge is the treasure of a wise man.


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


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


Only trust thyself, and another shall not betray thee.


Some are so very studious of learning what was done by the ancients that they know not how to live with the moderns.


Love grows. Lust wastes by Enjoyment, and the Reason is, that one springs from an Union of Souls, and the other from an Union of Sense.


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


Passion is a sort of fever in the mind, which ever leaves us weaker than it found us.


To be like Christ is to be a Christian.


Force may subdue, but love gains, and he that forgives first wins the laurel.


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