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William Penn. (1644–1718). Fruits of Solitude.
The Harvard Classics. 1909–14.

Part I


152. Interest has the Security, tho’ not the Virtue of a Principle. As the World goes ’t is the surer side; For Men daily leave both Relations and Religion to follow it.

153. ’T is an odd Sight, but very evident, That Families and Nations, of cross Religions and Humors unite against those of their own, where they find an Interest to do it.

154. We are tied down by our Senses to this World; and where that is in Question, it can be none with Worldly Men, whether they should not forsake all other Considerations for it.