Some Wisdom from William Penn,


Some Wisdom from William
Penn, that is. William Penn is one of my favorite historical figures, but then I've always been drawn to Penn, Fox, Woolman, Ann Lee, Hannah Whittal Smith, and other of the Quaker and Shaker persuasion. These are mystics run rampant, without the guidelines of the Church to help them. Nevertheless, from much of what they accomplished, one must assume that the Holy Spirit kept them mostly on track. As a result, they have much to say to us. Now, from several works, William Penn offers us some words of wisdom.

William Penn from Some Fruits of Solitude (1693) Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders, than from the arguments of it opposers.

Knowledge is the treasure, but judgment the treasurer of a wise man. He that has more knowledge than judgment, is made for another man's use more than his own.

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

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

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