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William Penn. (1644–1718).  Fruits of Solitude.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Part I
 
Posterity
 
 
213. We are too careless of Posterity; not considering that as they are, so the next Generation will be.  1
  214. If we would amend the World, we should mend Our selves; and teach our Children to be, not what we are, but what they should be.  2
  215. We are too apt to awaken and turn up their Passions by the Examples of our own; and to teach them to be pleased, not with what is best, but with what pleases best.  3
  216. It is our Duty, and ought to be our Care, to ward against that Passion in them, which is more especially our Own Weakness and Affliction: For we are in great measure accountable for them, as well as for our selves.  4
  217. We are in this also true Turners of the World upside down; For Money is first, and Virtue last, and least in our care.  5
  218. It is not How we leave our Children, but What we leave them.  6
  219. To be sure Virtue is but a Supplement, and not a Principal in their Portion and Character: And therefore we see so little Wisdom or Goodness among the Rich, in proportion to their Wealth.  7
 

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