Thomas Fuller

Thomas Fuller

Thomas Fuller (1608 – 16 August 1661) was an English churchman and historian. He is now remembered for his writings, particularly his Worthies of England, published in 1662 after his death. He was a prolific author, and one of the first English writers able to live by his pen (and his many patrons).

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Despair gives courage to a coward.

He that hopes no good, fears no ill.

Pride will spit in pride's face.

A gift with a kind countenance is a double present.

Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.

Health is not valued till sickness comes.

Pride, perceiving humility honorable, often borrows her cloak.

He does not believe who does not live according to his belief.

Great hopes make great men.

Memory is the treasure house of the mind, wherein the monuments thereof are kept and preserved.

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.

He that travels much knows much.

All commend patience but none can endure to suffer.

It is more difficult to praise rightly than to blame.

Be the business never so painful you may have it done for money.

The fool wanders, a wise man travels.

Abused patience turns to fury.

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

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.

If an ass goes travelling he will not come home a horse.

Scalded cats fear even cold water.

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

Charity begins at home, but should not end there.

Though bachelors be the strongest stakes married men are the best binders in the hedge of the commonwealth.

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

Light God's eldest daughter is a principal beauty in a building.

All doors open to courtesy.

The patient is not likely to recover who makes the doctor his heir.

He that falls into sin is a man, that grieves at it is a saint, that boasteth of it is a devil.

Anger is one of the sinews of the soul.

Eaten bread is forgotten.

Change of weather is the discourse of fools.

Great is the difference betwixt a man's being frightened at and humbled for his sins.

A lie has no leg but a scandal has wings.

With foxes we must play the fox.

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.

Old foxes want no tutors.

Contentment consist not in adding more fuel but in taking away some fire.

He that has a great nose thinks everybody is speaking of it.

Men are more prone to revenge injuries than to requite kindness.

He is not poor that hath not much but he that craves much.

Leftovers in their less visible form are called memories. Stored in the refrigerator of the mind and the cupboard of the heart.

If you would have a good wife marry one who has been a good daughter.

A good garden may have some weeds.

Better one's House be too little one day than too big all the Year after.

Two things a man should never be angry at: what he can help and what he cannot help.

Unseasonable kindness gets no thanks.

Bacchus hath drowned more men than Neptune.

'Tis not every question that deserves an answer.

An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.

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

Care and diligence bring luck.

All things are difficult before they are easy.

We are born crying live complaining and die disappointed.

If you command wisely you'll be obeyed cheerfully.

Wine hath drowned more men than the sea.

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

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

A good friend is my nearest relation.

A man's best fortune or his worst is his wife.

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

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

Vows made in storms are forgotten in calm.

Better break your word than do worse in keeping it.

Nothing is easy to the unwilling.

A little skill in antiquity inclines a man to Popery.

Bad excuses are worse than none.

With devotion's visage and pious action we do sugar o'er the devil himself.

A man is not good or bad for one action.

Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.

A good horse should be seldom spurred.

He knows little who will tell his wife all he knows.

Prayer: the key of the day and the lock of the night.

'Tis skill, not strength, that governs a ship.

Cruelty is a tyrant that's always attended with fear.

Learning hath gained most by those books by which the printers have lost.

The devil lies brooding in the miser's chest.

He is poor indeed that can promise nothing.

Slight small injuries and they will become none at all.

We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.

We have all forgot more than we remember.

'Tis better to suffer wrong than do it.

If you have one true friend you have more than your share.

The more wit the less courage.

Don't let your will roar when your power only whispers.

A book that is shut is but a block.

A wise man turns chance into good fortune.

Compliments cost nothing yet many pay dear for them.

If it were not for hopes the heart would break.

One may miss the mark by aiming too high as too low.

He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself, for every man has need to be forgiven.

Better be alone than in bad company.

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

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.

Every horse thinks its own pack heaviest.

It is madness for sheep to talk peace with a wolf.

Zeal without knowledge is fire without light.

Today is yesterday's pupil.

Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune.

In fair weather prepare for foul.

Better a tooth out than always aching.

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

He that has one eye is a prince among those that have none.

One that would have the fruit must climb the tree.

He's my friend that speaks well of me behind my back.

Poor men's reasons are not heard.

There is more pleasure in loving than in being beloved.

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

There is nothing that so much gratifies an ill tongue as when it finds an angry heart.

There is a scarcity of friendship but not of friends.

Choose a wife rather by your ear than your eye.