William Penn Quotes

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

I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.

The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.

Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants.

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

We are inclined to call things by the wrong names. We call prosperity ‘happiness’, and adversity ‘misery’ eventhough adversity is the school of wisdom and often the way to eternal happiness.

Show is not substance; realities govern wise men.

If it be an evil to judge rashly or untruly any single man, how much a greater sin it is to condemn a whole people.

Peace can only be secured by justice; never by force of arms.

They that love beyond the world
cannot be separated by it.
Death cannot kill what never dies.

No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself.

If thou wouldst rule well, thou must rule for God, and to do that, thou must be ruled by him. Those who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.

Death is only a horizon, and a horizon is only the limit of your sight. Open your eyes to see more clearly.

Did we believe a final Reckoning and Judgment; or did we think enough of what we do believe, we would allow more Love in Religion than we do; since Religion it self is nothing else but Love to God and Man. Love is indeed Heaven upon Earth; since Heaven above would not be Heaven without it: For where there is not Love; there is Fear: But perfect Love casts out Fear. Love is above all; and when it prevails in us all, we shall all be Lovely, and in Love with God and one with another.

Never despise what you don’t understand.

In the rush and noise of life, as you have intervals, step home within yourselves and be still. Wait upon God, and feel His good presence; this will carry you evenly through your day’s business.

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

Let us see what love can do.

Patience and Diligence, like faith, remove mountains.

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.

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

A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.

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.

No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.

I shall pass through life but once. Let me show kindness now, as I shall not pass this way again.