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    English religious leader and colonist

    Quotes by William Penn

    • A good End cannot sanctifie evil Means; nor must we ever do Evil, that Good may come of it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • If men will not be governed by God, they will be ruled by tyrants.
    • Let the people think they govern, and they will be governed.
    • Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.
    • Never marry but for love; but see that thou lovest what is lovely.
    • 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.
    • True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.
    • Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders, than from the arguments of its opposers.
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