William Penn. (16441718). Fruits of Solitude. The Harvard Classics. 190914.
270. It were an happy Day if Men could bound and qualifie their Resentments with Charity to the Offender: For then our Anger would be without Sin, and better convict and edifie the Guilty; which alone can make it lawful. 1
271. Not to be provokd is best: But if movd, never correct till the Fume is spent; For every Stroke our Fury strikes, is sure to hit our selves at last. 2
272. If we did but observe the Allowances our Reason makes upon Reflection, when our Passion is over, we could not want a Rule how to behave our selves again in the like Occasions. 3
273. We are more prone to Complain than Redress, and to Censure than Excuse. 4
274. It is next to unpardonable, that we can so often Blame what we will not once mend. It shews, we know, but will not do our Masters Will. 5
275. They that censure, should Practice: Or else let them have the first stone, and the last too. 6