William Penn. (16441718). Fruits of Solitude. The Harvard Classics. 190914.
249. It is reasonable to concur where Conscience does not forbid a Compliance; for Conformity is at least a Civil Virtue. 1
250. But we should only press it in Necessaries, the rest may prove a Snare and Temptation to break Society. 2
251. But above all, it is a Weakness in Religion and Government, where it is carried to Things of an Indifferent Nature, since besides that it makes Way for Scruples, Liberty is always the Price of it. 3
252. Such Conformists have little to boast of, and therefore the less Reason to Reproach others that have more Latitude. 4
253. And yet the Latitudinarian that I love, is one that is only so in Charity; for the Freedom I recommend is no Scepticism in Judgment, and much less so in Practice. 5