William Penn. (16441718). Fruits of Solitude. The Harvard Classics. 190914.
213. We are too careless of Posterity; not considering that as they are, so the next Generation will be. 1
214. If we would amend the World, we should mend Our selves; and teach our Children to be, not what we are, but what they should be. 2
215. We are too apt to awaken and turn up their Passions by the Examples of our own; and to teach them to be pleased, not with what is best, but with what pleases best. 3
216. It is our Duty, and ought to be our Care, to ward against that Passion in them, which is more especially our Own Weakness and Affliction: For we are in great measure accountable for them, as well as for our selves. 4
217. We are in this also true Turners of the World upside down; For Money is first, and Virtue last, and least in our care. 5
218. It is not How we leave our Children, but What we leave them. 6
219. To be sure Virtue is but a Supplement, and not a Principal in their Portion and Character: And therefore we see so little Wisdom or Goodness among the Rich, in proportion to their Wealth. 7