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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.
[Courage]
 

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.
[Justice]
 

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

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

A good garden may have some weeds.
[Perfection]
 

A good horse should be seldom spurred.
[Work]
 

A good life fears not life, nor death.
 

A good life is the only religion.
[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.
[Teaching]
 

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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