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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1565
AUTHOR: William Penn (1644–1718)
QUOTATION: A private Life is to be preferr’d; the Honour and Gain of publick Posts, bearing no proportion with the Comfort of it.
ATTRIBUTION: WILLIAM PENN, Some Fruits of Solitude in Reflections & Maxims, no. 370, p. 73 (1903, reprinted 1976).
SUBJECTS: Public service