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William Penn. (1644–1718).  Fruits of Solitude.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Part I
 
Compleat Virtue
 
 
442. Content not thy self that thou art Virtuous in the general: For one Link being wanting, the Chain is defective.  1
  443. Perhaps thou art rather Innocent than Virtuous, and owest more to thy Constitution, than thy Religion.  2
  444. Innocent, is not to be Guilty: But Virtuous is to overcome our evil Inclinations.  3
  445. If thou hast not conquer’d thy self in that which is thy own particular Weakness, thou hast no Title to Virtue, tho’ thou art free of other Men’s.  4
  446. For a Covetous Man to inveigh against Prodigality, an Atheist against Idolatry, a Tyrant against Rebellion, or a Lyer against Forgery, and a Drunkard against Intemperance, is for the Pot to call the Kettle black.  5
  447. Such Reproof would have but little Success; because it would carry but little Authority with it.  6
  448. If thou wouldest conquer thy Weakness, thou must never gratify it.  7
  449. No Man is compelled to Evil; his Consent only makes it his.  8
  450. ’T is no Sin to be tempted, but to be overcome.  9
  451. What Man in his right Mind, would conspire his own hurt? Men are beside themselves, when they transgress their Convictions.  10
  452. If thou would’st not Sin, don’t Desire; and if thou would’st not Lust, don’t Embrace the Temptation: No, not look at it, nor think of it.  11
  453. Thou would’st take much Pains to save thy Body: Take some, prithee, to save thy Soul.  12
 

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