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.


The truest end of life is to know the life that never ends.     

William Penn

Knowledge is the treasure, but judgment is the treasurer of a wise man.     

William Penn

In all debates, let truth be thy aim, not victory, or an unjust interest.     

William Penn

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

William Penn

Make few resolutions, but keep them strictly.     

William Penn

Hasty resolutions are of the nature of vows, and to be equally avoided.     

William Penn

Sense shines with a double luster when it is set in humility. An able yet humble man is a jewel worth a kingdom.     

William Penn

They that soar too high, often fall hard.     

William Penn

There is a truth and beauty in rhetoric; but it oftener serves ill turns than good ones.     

William Penn

The truest end of life is to know that life never ends.     

William Penn

Hasty resolutions are of the nature of vows, and to be equally avoided.     

William Penn

True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.     

William Penn

Show is not substance; realities govern wise men.     

William Penn

Nothing does reason more right, than the coolness of those that offer it: For Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders, than from the arguments of its opposers.      

William Penn

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

William Penn

Passion is the mob of the man, that commits a riot upon his reason.     

William Penn

A private Life is to be preferred; the Honor and Gain of public Posts, bearing no proportion with the Comfort of it.     

William Penn

Kings in this world should imitate God, their mercy should be above their works.     

William Penn

Knowledge is the treasure of a wise man.     

William Penn

Friendship is the union of spirits.     

William Penn

Friendship is the union of spirits, a marriage of hearts, and the bond thereof virtue.     

William Penn

Naked truth needs no shift.     

William Penn

Frugality is good if liberality be joined with it. The first is leaving off superfluous expenses; the last is bestowing them to the benefit of others that need. The first without the last begets covetousness; the last without the first begets prodigality.     

William Penn

Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still. For they must be present, that love and live in that which is omnipresent. In this divine glass, they see face to face, and their converse is free as well as pure. This is the comfort of friends, that though they may be said to die, yet their friendship and society are, in the best sense, ever present, because immortal.     

William Penn

A true friend unbossoms freely, address justly, assists readily, adventure boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.     

William Penn

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.     

William Penn

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

William Penn

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

William Penn

Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still. For they must needs be present, that love and live in that which is omnipresent. In this divine glass, they see face to face, and their converse is free as well as pure. This is the comfort of friends, that though they may be said to die, yet their friendship and society are, in the best sense, ever present, because immortal.     

William Penn

They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies, nor can spirits ever be divided that love and live in the same divine principle.     

William Penn