Quotes by Thomas Fuller

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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.
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.
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.

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