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William Penn. (1644–1718).  Fruits of Solitude.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Part I
 
Patience
 
 
396. Patience is a Virtue every where; but it shines with great Lustre in the Men of Government.  1
  397. Some are so Proud or Testy, they won’t hear what they should redress.  2
  398. Others so weak, they sink or burst under the weight of their Office, though they can lightly run away with the Salary of it.  3
  399. Business can never be well done, that is not well understood: Which cannot be without Patience.  4
  400. It is Cruelty indeed not to give the Unhappy an Hearing, whom we ought to help: But it is the top of Oppression to Browbeat the humble and modest Miserable, when they seek Relief.  5
  401. Some, it is true, are unreasonable in their Desires and Hopes: But then we should inform, not rail at and reject them.  6
  402. It is therefore as great an Instance of Wisdom as a Man in Business can give, to be Patient under the Impertinencies and Contradictions that attend it.  7
  403. Method goes far to prevent Trouble in Business: For it makes the Task easy, hinders Confusion, saves abundance of Time, and instructs those that have Business depending, both what to do and what to hope.  8
 

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