Do what good thou canst unknown, and be not vain of what ought rather to be felt than seen.
More quotes by William Penn
Love is indeed Heaven upon Earth; since Heaven above would not be Heaven without it: For where there is not Love; there is Fear: But perfect Love casts out Fear. And yet we naturally fear most to offend what we most Love. What we Love, we’ll Hear; what we Love, we’ll Trust; and what we Love, we’ll serve, ay, and suffer for too. If you love me (says our Blessed Redeemer) keep my Commandments. Why? Why then he’ll Love us; then we shall be his Friends; then he’ll send us the Comforter; then whatsoever we ask, we shall receive; and then where he is we shall be also, and that for ever. Behold the Fruits of Love; the Power, Vertue, Benefit and Beauty of Love! Love is above all; and when it prevails in us all, we shall all be Lovely, and in Love with God and one with another.
Much reading is an oppression of the mind, and extinguishes the natural candle, which is the reason of so many senseless scholars in the world.
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.
More quotes about Wisdom
To arrive at a just estimate of a renowned man’s character one must judge it by the standards of his time, not ours.
I know of no such unquestionable badge and ensign of a sovereign mind as that of tenacity of purpose.
You should read history and look at ostracism, persecution, martyrdom, and that kind of thing. They always happen to the best men, you know.
Those who attain to any excellence commonly spend life in some single pursuit, for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms.
There is nothing that can be changed more completely than human nature when the job is taken in hand early enough.
Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
Humor must not professedly teach and it must not professedly preach, but it must do both if it would live forever.
I am not able to instruct you. I can only tell that I have chosen wrong. I have passed my time in study without experience; in the attainment of sciences which can, for the most part, be but remotely useful to mankind. I have purchased knowledge at the expense of all the common comforts of life: I have missed the endearing elegance of female friendship, and the happy commerce of domestic tenderness.