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William Penn. (1644–1718).  Fruits of Solitude.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Part I
121. If thou hast done an Injury to another, rather own it than defend it. One way thou gainest Forgiveness, the other, thou doubl’st the Wrong and Reckoning.  1
  122. Some oppose Honor to Submission: But it can be no Honor to maintain, what it is dishonorable to do.  2
  123. To confess a Fault, that is none, out of Fear, is indeed mean: But not to be afraid of standing in one, is Brutish.  3
  124. We should make more Haste to Right our Neighbor, than we do to wrong him, and instead of being Vindicative, we should leave him to be Judge of his own Satisfaction.  4
  125. True Honor will pay treble Damages, rather than justifie one wrong with another.  5
  126. In such Controversies, it is but too common for some to say, Both are to blame, to excuse their own Unconcernedness, which is a base Neutrality. Others will cry, They are both alike; thereby involving the Injured with the Guilty, to mince the Matter for the Faulty, or cover their own Injustice to the wronged Party.  6
  127. Fear and Gain are great Perverters of Mankind, and where either prevail, the Judgment is violated.  7


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