William Penn (1644 – 1718) was an English philosopher and founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, the English North American colony and the future Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was an early advocate of democracy and religious freedom. As a pacifist Quaker, Penn considered the problems of war and peace deeply. He developed a forward-looking project for a United States of Europe through the creation of a European Assembly made of deputies that could discuss and adjudicate controversies peacefully. He is therefore considered the very first thinker to suggest the creation of a European Parliamen.
A man of profound religious convictions, Penn wrote numerous works on Christianity. He was imprisoned several times in the Tower of London due to his faith, and his book No Cross, No Crown (1669), which he wrote while in prison.
* Love is the hardest lesson in Christianity; but, for that reason, it should be most our care to learn it.
To be like Christ is to be a Christian.
* Patience and Diligence, like faith, remove mountains.
* Only trust thyself, and another shall not betray thee.
* Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.
* Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.
* Liberty without obedience is confusion, and obedience without liberty us slavery.
* Between a man and his wife nothing ought to rule but love.
* Men being born with a title to perfect freedom and uncontrolled enjoyment of all the rights and privileges of the law of nature... no one can be put out of his estate and subjected to the political view of another, without his consent.