50 Best William Penn Quotes from the English Writer

William Penn was an English writer and religious thinker who founded the Province of Pennsylvania.

Best William Penn Quotes

“Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.” ~ (William Penn).

“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” ~ (William Penn).

“No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.” ~ (William Penn).


“Knowledge is the treasure of a wise man.” ~ (William Penn).

“The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.” ~ (William Penn).

“Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still.” ~ (William Penn).

“I shall pass through life but once. Let me show kindness now, as I shall not pass this way again.” ~ (William Penn).

“Only trust thyself, and another shall not betray thee.” ~ (William Penn).

“Let us see what love can do.” ~ (William Penn).

“Patience and Diligence, like faith, remove mountains.” ~ (William Penn).

“The truest end of life is to know the life that never ends.” ~ (William Penn).

“A man, like a watch, is to be valued for his manner of going.” ~ (William Penn).

“People are more afraid of the laws of Man than of God, because their punishment seems to be nearest.” ~ (William Penn).

Top William Penn Quotes

“Inquiry is human; blind obedience brutal. Truth never loses by the one but often suffers by the other.” ~ (William Penn).

“Silence is Wisdom where Speaking is Folly.” ~ (William Penn).

“The adventure of the Christian life begins when we dare to do what we would never tackle without Christ.” ~ (William Penn).

“Humility and knowledge in poor clothes excel pride and ignorance in costly attire.” ~ (William Penn).

“No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself.” ~ (William Penn).

“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.” ~ (William Penn).

“Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants.” ~ (William Penn).

“True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.” ~ (William Penn).


“Next to God, thy parents.” ~ (William Penn).

“The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves.” ~ (William Penn).

Famous William Penn Quotes

“A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.” ~ (William Penn).

“Death cannot kill what never dies.” ~ (William Penn).

“For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.” ~ (William Penn).

“The best recreation is to do good.” ~ (William Penn).

“If thou thinkest twice before thou speakest once, thou wilt speak twice the better for it.” ~ (William Penn).

“We need to stop arguing about Christ and start living like Christ.” ~ (William Penn).

“Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” ~ (William Penn).

“Covetousness is the greatest of monsters, as well as the root of all evil.” ~ (William Penn).

“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.” ~ (William Penn).

“O Lord, help me not to despise or oppose what I do not understand.” ~ (William Penn).

Popular William Penn Quotes

“There can be no friendship where there is no freedom. Friendship loves a free air, and will not be fenced up in straight and narrow enclosures.” ~ (William Penn).

“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.” ~ (William Penn).

“Where thou art Obliged to speak, be sure speak the Truth: For Equivocation is half way to Lying, as Lying, the whole way to Hell.” ~ (William Penn).

“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).

“In all debates, let truth be thy aim, not victory, or an unjust interest.” ~ (William Penn).

“It is the difference betwixt lust and love that this is fixed, that volatile. Love grows, lust wastes by enjoyment.” ~ (William Penn).


“Avoid flatterers, for they are thieves in disguise.” ~ (William Penn).

“It is safer to learn than teach; and who conceals his opinion has nothing to answer for.” ~ (William Penn).

“He that does good for good’s sake seeks neither paradise nor reward, but he is sure of both in the end.” ~ (William Penn).

Inspiring William Penn Quotes

“Oppression makes a poor country.” ~ (William Penn).

“Nothing shows our weakness more than to be so sharp-sighted at spying other men’s faults, and so purblind about our own.” ~ (William Penn).

“Justice is justly represented blind, because she sees no difference in the parties concerned. She has but one scale and weight, for rich and poor, great and small.” ~ (William Penn).

“Do what good thou canst unknown, and be not vain of what ought rather to be felt than seen.” ~ (William Penn).

“If men be good, government cannot be bad.” ~ (William Penn).

“Religion itself is nothing else but Love to God and Man. He that lives in Love lives in God, says the Beloved Disciple: And to be sure a Man can live nowhere better.” ~ (William Penn).

“Truth never lost ground by enquiry.” ~ (William Penn).

“The way, like the cross, is spiritual: that is an inward submission of the soul to the will of God, as it is manifested by the light of Christ in the consciences of men, though it be contrary to their own inclinations.” ~ (William Penn).

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