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.
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.
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.