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William Penn. (1644–1718).  Fruits of Solitude.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Part II
 
Of Ambition
 
 
96. They that soar too high, often fall hard; which makes a low and level Dwelling preferrable.  1
  97. The tallest Trees are most in the Power of the Winds, and Ambitious Men of the Blasts of Fortune.  2
  98. They are most seen and observed, and most envyed: Least Quiet, but most talk’d of, and not often to their Advantage.  3
  99. Those Buildings had need of a good Foundation, that lie so much exposed to Weather.  4
  100. Good Works are a Rock, that will support their Credit; but Ill Ones a Sandy Foundation that Yields to Calamities.  5
  101. And truly they ought to expect no Pity in their Fall, that when in Power had no Bowels for the Unhappy.  6
  102. The worst of Distempers; always Craving and Thirsty, Restless and Hated: A perfect Delirium in the Mind: Insufferable in Success, and in Disappointments most Revengeful.  7
 

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