Thomas Fuller Quotes

Thomas Fuller

English clergyman & historian (1608 - 1661)

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'Tis skill not strength that governs a ship.

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The scalded cat fears even cold water.

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Business is the salt of life.

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A man knows his companion in a long journey and a little inn.

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Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom.

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No man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend till he is unhappy.

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All truth is not to be told at all times.

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Great hopes make great men.

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First get an absolute conquest over thyself, and then thou wilt easily govern thy wife.

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Hatred is blind, as well as love.

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Choose a wife rather by your ear than your eye.

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More belongs to marriage than four legs in a bed.

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Necessity dispenseth with decorum.

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Bacchus hath drowned more men than Neptune.

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Health is not valued till sickness comes.

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If thou are a master, be sometimes blind; if a servant, sometimes deaf.

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A good garden may have some weeds.

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Purchase not friends by gifts; when thou ceasest to give, such will cease to love.

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All things are difficult before they are easy.

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Let not thy will roar, when thy power can but whisper.

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Learning makes a man fit company for himself.

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If we are bound to forgive an enemy, we are not bound to trust him.

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Some have been thought brave because they were afraid to run away.

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Many would be cowards if they had courage enough.

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He that plants trees loves others beside himself.

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Money is the sinew of love as well as war.

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With foxes we must play the fox.

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Get the facts, or the facts will get you. And when you get them, get them right, or they will get you wrong.

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Education begins a gentleman, conversation completes him.

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Trust thyself only, and another shall not betray thee.

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A gift, with a kind countenance, is a double present.

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Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.

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Anger is one of the sinners of the soul.

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Be a friend to thyself, and others will be so too.

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He is not laughed at who laughs at himself first.

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

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He that is busy is tempted by but one devil; he that is idle, by a legion.

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One that would have the fruit must climb the tree.

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No man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend until he is unhappy.

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He that fears your presence will hate you absence.

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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.

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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.

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Thou ought to be nice, even to superstition, in keeping thy promises, and therefore equally cautious in making them.

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Let him who expects one class of society to prosper into highest degree, while the other is in distress, try whether one side of his face can smile while the other is pinched.

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An ounce of cheerfulness is worth a pound of sadness to serve God with.

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