William Penn Quotations

William Penn

Always rise from the table with an appetite, and you will never sit down without one.

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

Governments like clocks, go from the motion men give them; and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too. Wherefore governments rather depend upon men than men upon government.

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

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

Some men do as much begrudge others a good name, as they want one themselves: and perhaps that is the reason of it.

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.

The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune.

To be a man's own fool is bad enough; but the vain man is everybody's.

To do evil that good may come of it is for bunglers in politics as well as morals.

Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders, than from the arguments of its opposers.