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William Penn. (1644–1718).  Fruits of Solitude.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Part I
 
Promising
 
 
186. Rarely Promise: But, if Lawful, constantly perform.  1
  187. Hasty Resolutions are of the Nature of Vows; and to be equally avoided.  2
  188. I will never do this, says one, yet does it: I am resolved to do this, says another; but flags upon second Thoughts: Or does it, tho’ awkwardly, for his Word’s sake: As if it were worse to break his Word, than to do amiss in keeping it.  3
  189. Wear none of thine own Chains; but keep free, whilst thou art free.  4
  190. It is an Effect of Passion that Wisdom corrects, to lay thy self under Resolutions that cannot be well made, and must be worse performed.  5
 

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