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William Penn

William Penn's thinking and writing permeates modern democracy - particularly his work for religious freedom. His experience as a young man in France informed the thinking that resulted in the League of Nations and the United Nations.

The quote below is from Some Fruits of Solitude below is a link to the complete text.

Click here for a short biography of William Penn by Bill Samuels.
"A good End cannot sanctifie evil Means; nor must we ever do Evil, that Good may come of it... It is as great Presumption to send our Passions upon God's Errands, as it is to palliate them with God's Name... We are too ready to retaliate, rather than forgive, or gain by Love and Information. And yet we could hurt no Man that we believe loves us. Let us then try what Love will do: For if Men did once see we Love them, we should soon find they would not harm us. Force may subdue, but Love gains: And he that forgives first, wins the Lawrel."
          Some Fruits of Solitude, 1693