Quaker Quotes

I expect to pass through this world but once.  Any good things, therefore, that I can do, any good kindness that I can show a fellow being, let me do it now.  Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” — Stephen Grellet


What is the Quaker faith? It is not a tidy package of words which you can capture at any given time and then repeat weekly at a worship service. It is an experience of discovery which starts the discoverer on a journey which is life-long. The discovery in itself is not uniquely a property of Quakerism. It is as old as Christianity, and considerably older if you share the belief that many have known Christ who have not known His name. What is unique to the Religious Society of Friends is its insistence that the discovery must be made by each man for himself. No one is allowed to get it second-hand by accepting a ready-made creed. Furthermore, the discovery points a path and demands a journey, and gives you the power to make the journey.” — Elise Boulding


If we better studied and understood God’s creation, this would do a great deal to caution and direct us in our use of it. For how could we find the impudence to abuse the world if we were seeing the great Creator stare us in the face through each and every part of it?”  — William Penn


If fighting is inconsistent with an ideal society, then fighting will not bring the ideal society. A spiritual result is produced by spiritual means and a material result by material means. If war is evil, as almost everyone admits, then it can not be the right way to produce a good result.” — Howard Brinton


Let women then go on — not asking favors, but claiming as a right the removal of all hindrances to her elevation in the scale of being — let her receive encouragement for the proper cultivation of all her powers, so that she may enter profitably into the active business of life … Then in the marriage union, the independence of the husband and wife will be equal, their dependence mutual, and their obligations reciprocal.” — Lucreita  Mott


True godliness doesn’t turn men out of the world but enables them to live better in it and excites their endeavours to mend it.” — William Penn