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William Penn. (1644–1718).  Fruits of Solitude.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Part II
Of an Immediate Pursuit of the World
Of an Immediate Pursuit of the World  1
  213. It shews a Depraved State of Mind, to Cark and Care for that which one does not need.  2
  214. Some are as eager to be Rich, as ever they were to Live: For Superfluity, as for Subsistance.  3
  215. But that Plenty should augment Covetousness, is a Perversion of Providence; and yet the Generality are the worse for their Riches.  4
  216. But it is strange, that Old Men should excel: For generally Money lies nearest them that are nearest their Graves; As if they would augment their Love in Proportion to the little Time they have left to enjoy it: And yet their Pleasure is without Enjoyment, since none enjoy what they do not use.  5
  217. So that instead of learning to leave their greath Wealth easily, they hold the Faster, because they must leave it: So Sordid is the Temper of some Men.  6
  218. Where Charity keeps Pace with Gain, Industry is blessed: But to slave to get, and keep it Sordidly, is a Sin against Providence, a Vice in Government, and an Injury to their Neighbors.  7
  219. Such are they as spend not one Fifth of their Income, and, it may be, give not one Tenth of what they spend to the Needy.  8
  220. This is the worst Sort of Idolatry, because there can be no Religion in it, nor Ignorance pleaded in Excuse of it; and that it wrongs other Folks that ought to have a Share therein.  9


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