Quotes by Thomas Fuller

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If it were not for hopes, the heart would break.

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.
Good is not good, when better is expected.
There is a scarcity of friendship, but not of friends.
Wine hath drowned more men than the sea.
Two things a man should never be angry at: what he can help, and what he cannot help.
Zeal without knowledge is fire without light.
We are born crying, live complaining, and die disappointed.
Nothing sharpens sight like envy.
He is not poor that hath not much, but he that craves much.
Thou mayest as well expect to grow stronger by always eating as wiser by always reading. Too much overcharges Nature, and turns more into disease than nourishment. 'Tis thought and digestion which makes books serviceable, and give health and vigor to the mind.
Get the facts, or the facts will get you. And when you get em, get em right, or they will get you wrong.
Debt is the worst poverty.
The fool wanders, a wise man travels.
If you would have a good wife, marry one who has been a good daughter.
Misfortunes tell us what fortune is.
It is madness for sheep to talk peace with a wolf.
Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.
If you have one true friend you have more than your share.
A good garden may have some weeds.
Charity begins at home, but should not end there.
A wise man turns chance into good fortune.
A drinker has a hole under his nose that all his money runs into.
Craft must have clothes, but truth loves to go naked.
A man in passion rides a horse that runs away with him.
A man is not good or bad for one action.
If your desires be endless, your cares and fears will be so too.
He teaches me to be good that does me good.
Despair gives courage to a coward.
Contentment consist not in adding more fuel, but in taking away some fire.
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
He does not believe that does not live according to his belief .
When good people have a falling out, only one of them may be at fault at first; but if the strife continues long, usually both become guilty.
He that has a great nose, thinks everybody is speaking of it.
Choose a wife by your ear than your eye.
Seeing is believing, but feeling's the truth.
Today is yesterday's pupil.
Pride perceiving humility honorable, often borrows her cloak.
Better break your word than do worse in keeping it.
A lie has no leg, but a scandal has wings.
A good friend is my nearest relation.
What cannot be altered must be borne, not blamed.
Good clothes open all doors.
An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.
Search not a wound too deep lest thou make a new one.
Compliments cost nothing, yet many pay dear for them.
A book that is shut is but a block.
The weakest and most timorous are the most revengeful and implacable.
Vows are made in storms and forgotten in calm weather.
Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse
If a man falls once, all will tread upon him.
Deceive not thyself by over-expecting happiness in the married estate. Remember the nightingales which sing only some months in the spring, but commonly are silent when they have hatched their eggs, as if their mirth were turned into care for their young ones.
Memory is like a purse, if it be over-full that it cannot shut, all will drop out of it. Take heed of a gluttonous curiosity to feed on many things, lest the greediness of the appetite of thy memory spoil the digestion thereof.
Memory depends very much on the perspicuity, regularity, and order of our thoughts. Many complain of the want of memory, when the defect is in the judgment; and others, by grasping at all, retain nothing.
We have all forgot more than we remember.
God makes, and apparel shapes; but it's money that finishes the man.
A fool's paradise is a wise man's hell!
Poor men's reasons are not heard.
He that has one eye is a prince among those that have none.
Thou ought to be nice, even to superstition, in keeping thy promises, and therefore equally cautious in making them.
He is poor indeed that can promise nothing.
Be the business never so painful, you may have it done for money.
Great is the difference betwixt a man's being frightened at, and humbled for his sins.
Riches enlarge rather than satisfy appetites.
He is rich that is satisfied.
He that falls into sin is a man; that grieves at it, is a saint; that boasteth of it, is a devil.
A generous confession disarms slander.
A man surprised is half beaten.
Old foxes want no tutors.
Know most of the rooms of thy native country before thou goest over the threshold thereof.
Learning hath gained most by those books by which the printers have lost.
The more laws, the more offenders.
A fox should not be of the jury at a goose's trial.
The patient is not likely to recover who makes the doctor his heir.
Judge of thine improvement, not by what thou speakest or writest, but by the firmness of thy mind, and the government of thy passions and affections.
Though bachelors be the strongest stakes, married men are the best binders, in the hedge of the commonwealth.
Do nothing hastily but catching of fleas.
Haste and rashness are storms and tempests, breaking and wrecking business; but nimbleness is a full, fair wind, blowing it with speed to the heaven.
Great and good are seldom the same man.
Eaten bread is soon forgotten.
The devil himself is good when he is pleased.
It is much better to have your gold in the hand than in the heart.
He that bringeth a present findeth the door open.
Lavishness is not generosity.
Purchase not friends by gifts; when thou ceasest to give, such will cease to love.
Fame is the echo of actions, resounding them to the world, save that the echo repeats only the last art, but fame relates all, and often more than all.
Prospect is often better than possession.
Bad excuses are worse than none.
He who cures a disease may be the skillfullest, but he that prevents it is the safest physician.
With foxes we must play the fox.
All doors open to courtesy.
The more wit the less courage.
Slight small injuries, and they will become none at all.
Let him who expects one class of society to prosper in the highest degree, while the other is in distress, try whether one side ;of the face can smile while the other is pinched.
An ounce of cheerfulness is worth a pound of sadness to serve God with.
A little skill in antiquity inclines a man to Popery.
Blindness hatred is blind, as well as love.
Soft words are hard arguments.
Never contend with one that is foolish, proud, positive, testy, or with a superior, or a clown, in matter of argument.
Light, God's eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building.
Anger is one of the sinews of the soul; he that wants it hath a maimed mind.
Act nothing in a furious passion. It's putting to sea in a storm.
Virtue is the only true nobility.
Willful waste brings woeful want.
If better were within, better would come out.
Nothing is easy to the unwilling.
Don't let your will roar when your power only whispers.
Change of weather is the discourse of fools.
A good season for courtship is, when the widow returns from the funeral.
He knows little, who will tell his wife all he knows.
A small demerit extinguishes a long service.
He's my friend who speaks well of me behind my back.
A man at sixteen, will prove a child at sixty.