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 :: 1644-1718, British Religious Leader, Founder of Pennsylvania

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A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.
~ William Penn - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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All excess is ill, but drunkenness is of the worst sort. It spoils health, dismounts the mind, and unmans men. It reveals secrets, is quarrelsome, lascivious, impudent, dangerous and bad.
~ William Penn - [Health]

 

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Always rise from the table with an appetite, and you will never sit down without one.
~ William Penn - [Abstinence]

 

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Avoid popularity; it has many snares, and no real benefit.
~ William Penn - [Popularity]

 

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Hasty resolutions are of the nature of vows, and to be equally avoided.
~ William Penn - [Vow]

 

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He that does good for good's sake seeks neither paradise nor reward, but he is sure of both in the end.
~ William Penn - [Rewards]

 

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He that lives to forever, never fears dying.
~ William Penn - [Death and Dying]

 

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He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father's wisdom than he who has a great deal left him does to his father's care.
~ William Penn - [Fathers]

 

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I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
~ William Penn - [Kindness]

 

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If thou wouldn't conquer thy weakness thou must not gratify it.
~ William Penn - [Discipline]

 

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In marriage do thou be wise; prefer the person before money; virtue before beauty; the mind before the body.
~ William Penn - [Marriage]

 

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It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
~ William Penn - [Churches]

 

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Kings in this should imitate God, their mercy should be above their works.
~ William Penn - [Kings]

 

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Knowledge is the treasure, but judgment is the treasurer of the one who is wise.
~ William Penn - [Knowledge]

 

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Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast.
~ William Penn - [Judgment and Judges]

 

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Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.
~ William Penn - [Democracy]

 

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Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.
~ William Penn - [Fathers]

 

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Men must be governed by God, or they will be ruled by tyrants.
~ William Penn - [God]

 

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Method goes far to prevent trouble in business: for it makes the task easy, hinders confusion, saves abundance of time, and instructs those that have business depending, both what to do and what to hope.
~ William Penn - [Business]

 

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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 - [Books and Reading]

 

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