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Thomas Fuller Quotes

An English preacher, historian, and scholar.
(1608 - 1661)

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'Tis better that thou be rather something sparing, than very liberal, to even a good servant; for as he grows full, he inclines either to be idle, or to leave thee: and if he should at any time murmur, thou mayest govern him by a seasonable reward.

A book that is shut is but a block.

A conservative believes nothing should be done for the first time.

A coward's fear can make a coward valiant.

A danger foreseen is half avoided.

A drinker has a hole under his nose that all his money runs into.

A fool's paradise is a wise man's hell!

A fox should not be on the jury at a goose's trial.

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

A good example is the best sermon.
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A good friend is my nearest relation.

A good garden may have some weeds.

A good horse should be seldom spurred.

A good life fears not life, nor death.

A good life is the only religion.

A good marksman may miss.

A good schoolmaster minces his precepts for children to swallow, hanging clogs on the nimbleness of his own soul, that his scholars may go along with him.

A lie has no leg, but a scandal has wings.

A little skill in antiquity inclines a man to Popery; but depth in that study brings him about again to our religion.

A man in passion rides a horse that runs away with him.

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