Thomas Fuller

Thomas Fuller (1608 - August 16, 1661) was an English churchman and historian

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All things are difficult before they are easy.
An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.
Care and diligence bring luck.
Many would be cowards if they had courage enough.
With foxes we must play the fox.
Health is not valued till sickness comes.
No good workman without good tools.
Trust thyself only, and another shall not betray thee.
Zeal without knowledge is fire without light.
'Tis not every question that deserves an answer.
A gift, with a kind countenance, is a double present.
A good friend is my nearest relation.
A good garden may have some weeds.
Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.
All commend patience, but none can endure to suffer.
An ounce of cheerfulness is worth a pound of sadness to serve God with.
Anger is one of the sinners of the soul.
Bacchus hath drowned more men than Neptune.
Bad excuses are worse than none.
Be a friend to thyself, and others will be so too.
Be not extravagantly high in expression of thy commendations of men thou likest, it may make the hearer's stomach rise.
Better hazard once than always be in fear.
Choose a wife by your ear than your eye.
Do as most do, and men will speak well of you.
Do nothing hastily but catching of fleas.
Education begins a gentleman, conversation completes him.
Enquire not what boils in another's pot.
Get the facts, or the facts will get you. And when you get them, get them right, or they will get you wrong.
Great is the difference betwixt a man's being frightened at, and humbled for his sins.
He does not believe, that does not live according to his belief.
He is not laughed at who laughs at himself first.
He that falls into sin is a man; that grieves at it, is a saint; that boasteth of it, is a devil.
He that fears your presence will hate you absence.
He that has one eye is a prince among those that have none.
He that plants trees loves others beside himself.
He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea.
Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity.
I can sympathise with people's pains, but not with their pleasures. There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness.
If it were not for hope, the heart would break.
If thou are a master, be sometimes blind if a servant, sometimes deaf.
If thou are a master, be sometimes blind; if a servant, sometimes deaf.
If we are bound to forgive an enemy, we are not bound to trust him.
If you command wisely, you'll be obeyed cheerfully.
If you have a true friend, you have more than your share.
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.
Know most of the rooms of thy native country before thou goest over the threshold thereof.
Learning makes a man fit company for himself.
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.
Let not thy will roar, when thy power can but whisper.
Light, God's eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building.
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.
Money is the sinew of love as well as war.
Never contend with one that is foolish, proud, positive, testy, or with a superior, or a clown, in matter of argument.
No man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend till he is unhappy.
No man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend until he is unhappy.
Old foxes want no tutors.
One that would have the fruit must climb the tree.
Purchase not friends by gifts when thou ceasest to give, such will cease to love.
Purchase not friends by gifts; when thou ceasest to give, such will cease to love.
Rigid justice is the greatest injustice.
Search not a wound too deep lest thou make a new one.
The grave is the general meeting place.
Thou ought to be nice, even to superstition, in keeping thy promises, and therefore equally cautious in making them.
Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.
Two things a man should never be angry at what he can help, and what he cannot help.
Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.

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