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

William Penn (1644-1718) English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, statesman
“No Cross, No Crown” (1682)

Originally written while a prisoner in the Tower of London (1668-69). See Quarles (1821).
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There is something nearer to us than Scriptures, to wit, the Word in the heart from which all Scriptures come.

William Penn (1644-1718) English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, statesman
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If thou thinkest twice before thou speakest once, thou wilt speak twice the better for it.

William Penn (1644-1718) English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, statesman
Fruits of Solitude, #132 (1682)
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See Cervantes.
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A good End cannot sanctifie evil Means; nor must we ever do Evil, that Good may come of it. Some Folks think they may Scold, Rail, Hate, Rob and Kill too; so it be but for God’s sake. But nothing in us unlike him, can please him.

William Penn (1644-1718) English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, statesman
Fruits of Solitude, #537-539 (1682)
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Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders, than from the arguments of its opposers.

William Penn (1644-1718) English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, statesman
Fruits of Solitude #142 (1682)

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‘Tis quite another Thing to be stiff than steady in an Opinion.

William Penn (1644-1718) English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, statesman
More Fruits of Solitude, #155 (1693)
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The Jealous are Troublesome to others, but a Torment to themselves.

William Penn (1644-1718) English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, statesman
More Fruits of Solitude, #190 (1693)
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The tallest Trees are most in the Power of the Winds, and Ambitious Men of the Blasts of Fortune.

William Penn (1644-1718) English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, statesman
More Fruits of Solitude, #97 (1693)
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True religion does not draw men out of the world but enables them to live better in it and excites their endeavors to mend it.

William Penn (1644-1718) English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, statesman
No Cross, No Crown (1682)

Written while a prisoner in the Tower of London (1668-69).
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They have a Right to censure that have a Heart to help: The rest is Cruelty, not Justice.

William Penn (1644-1718) English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, statesman
Some Fruits of Solitude, # 46 (1693)
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Neither urge another to that thou wouldst be unwilling to do thyself, nor do thyself what looks to thee unseemly and intemperate in another.

William Penn (1644-1718) English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, statesman
Some Fruits of Solitude, # 71 (1693)

See also Matthew 7:12.
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Fear and Gain are great Perverters of Mankind, and where either prevails the Judgment is violated.

William Penn (1644-1718) English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, statesman
Some Fruits of Solitude, #127 (1693)
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Believe nothing against another but upon good Authority: Nor report what may hurt another, unless it be a greater hurt to others to conceal it.

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William Penn (1644-1718) English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, statesman
Some Fruits of Solitude, #145 (1693)
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If we would amend the world, we should mend Ourselves and teach our Children to be not what we are but what they should be.

William Penn (1644-1718) English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, statesman
Some Fruits of Solitude, #214 (1693)
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‘Tis no Sin to be tempted, but to be overcome.

William Penn (1644-1718) English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, statesman
Some Fruits of Solitude, #450 (1693)
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See Shakespeare.
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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.

William Penn (1644-1718) English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, statesman
Some Fruits of Solitude, Part 2, “Of Conduct and Speech,” #122 (1682)
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