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William Penn. (1644–1718).  Fruits of Solitude.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Part I
A Private Life
370. Private Life is to be preferr’d; the Honor and Gain of publick Posts, bearing no proportion with the Comfort of it. The one is free and quiet, the other servile and noisy.  1
  371. It was a great Answer of the Shunamite Woman, I dwell among my own People.  2
  372. They that live of their own, neither need, nor often list to wear the Livery of the Publick.  3
  373. Their Subsistance is not during Pleasure; nor have they patrons to please or present.  4
  374. If they are not advanced, neither can they be disgraced. And as they know not the Smiles of Majesty, so they feel not the Frowns of Greatness; or the Effects of Envy.  5
  375. If they want the Pleasures of a Court, they also escape the Temptations of it.  6
  376. Private Men, in fine, are so much their own, that paying common Dues, they are Sovereigns of all the rest.  7


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