William Penn Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old william penn quotes, william penn sayings, and william penn proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast.     

William Penn

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

William Penn

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

William Penn

Jealousy is a kind of civil war in the soul, where judgment and imagination are at perpetual jars. This civil dissension in the mind, like that of the body politic, commits great disorders, and lays all waste. Nothing stands safe in its way; Nature, interest, religion, must yield to its fury. It violates contracts, dissolves society, breaks wedlock, betrays friends and neighbours. No body is good, and every one is either doing or designing them a mischief. It has a venom that more or less rankles wherever it bites: And as it reports fancies or facts, so it disturbs its own house as often as other folks.     

William Penn

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.     

William Penn

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

William Penn

To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals - this alone is worth the struggle.     

William Penn

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

William Penn

Only trust thyself, and another shall not betray thee.     

William Penn

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

William Penn

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

William Penn

If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not deter or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.     

William Penn

Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast.      

William Penn

The smaller the drink, the clearer the head, and the cooler the blood.     

William Penn

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

William Penn

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

William Penn

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

William Penn

People are more afraid of the laws of Man than of God, because their punishment seems to be nearest.     

William Penn

Rarely promise. But, if lawful, constantly perform.     

William Penn

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

William Penn

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

William Penn

For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.     

William Penn

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

William Penn

The country life is to be preferred, for there we see the works of God; but in cities little else but the works of men. And the one makes a better subject for contemplation than the other.     

William Penn

Every stroke our fury strikes is sure to hit ourselves at last.     

William Penn

The more merciful acts thou dost, the more mercy thou wilt receive.     

William Penn

Love is the hardest lesson in Christianity; but, for that reason, it should be most our care to learn it.     

William Penn

Unless virtue guides us, our choice must be wrong.     

William Penn

A reasonable opinion must ever be in danger where reason is not judge.     

William Penn

Love is the hardest lesson in Christianity; but, for that reason, it should be most our care to learn it.     

William Penn