William Penn

Many people believe William Penn was America's "first great champion for liberty and peace." Penn understood that over time government constitutions needed to be amended.

My prison shall be my grave before I will budge a jot:
for I owe my conscience to no mortal man.

-- William Penn (01644-01718) {early champion of democracy/religious freedom; more...} [freedom]

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

-- William Penn (01644-01718) {early champion of democracy/religious freedom; more...} [silence]

Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.
-- William Penn (01644-01718) {early champion of democracy/religious freedom; more...} [life]

He that lives to live forever, never fears dying.
-- William Penn (01644-01718) {early champion of democracy/religious freedom; more...} [life]

Some are so very studious of learning what was done by the
ancients that they know not how to live with the moderns.

-- William Penn (01644-01718) {early champion of democracy/religious freedom; more...} [learning]

O Lord, help me not to despise or oppose what I do not understand.
-- William Penn (01644-01718) {early champion of democracy/religious freedom; more...} [life]

Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.
-- William Penn (01644-01718) {early champion of democracy/religious freedom; more...} [government]

A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily,
adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends
courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.

-- William Penn (01644-01718) {early champion of democracy/religious freedom; more...} [friendship]


Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 24 April 2010
Last Modified: Saturday, 05-Jan-2013 11:17:36 MST