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THOMAS FULLER (1)
English author and divine
(1608 - 1661)
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An inch in missing is as bad as an ell.
      - Gnomologia [Proverbs]

He was born within the sound of Bow-bell.
      - Gnomologia [London]

It is a silly fish that is caught twice with the same bait.
      - Gnomologia [Fishing : Proverbs]

When Misfortune is asleep, let no one wake her.
  [Lat., Quando la mala ventura se duerme, nadie la despierte.]
      - quoted by Gnomologia [Misfortune]

Still he fishes that catches one.
      - Gnomologia (no. 4262) [Fishing]

That fish will soon be caught that nibbles at every bait.
      - Gnomologia (no. 4342) [Bait : Fish]

Ejaculations are short prayers darted up to God on emergent occasions.
      - Good Thoughts in Bad Times--Meditations on all Kinds of Prayers
         (Ejaculations, their Use, V) [Prayer]

So a good prayer, though often used, is still fresh and fair in the ears and eyes of Heaven.
      - Good Thoughts in Bad Times--Meditations on all Kinds of Prayers
         (XII) [Prayer]

Drawing near her death, she sent most pious thoughts as harbingers to heaven; and her soul saw a glimpse of happiness through the chinks of her sicknesse broken body.
      - Holy and Profane States (bk. I, ch. II)
        [Death]

Light (God's eldest daughter!)
      - Holy and Profane States
         (bk. III, Of Building) [Light]

Take the advice of a faithful friend, and submit thy inventions to his censure.
      - Holy and Profane States
         (bk. III, Of Fancy) [Invention]

They that marry ancient people, merely in expectation to bury them, hang themselves, in hope that one will come and cut the halter.
      - Holy and Profane States
         (bk. III, Of Marriage) [Matrimony]

Memory [is] like a purse,--if it be over-full that it cannot shut, all will drop out of it. Take heed of a gluttonous curiosity to feed on many things, lest the greediness of the appetite of thy memory spoil the digestion thereof.
      - Holy and Profane States
         (bk. III, Of Memory) [Memory]

Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl-chain of all virtues.
      - Holy and Profane States
         (bk. III, Of Moderation) [Moderation]

Tombs are the clothes of the dead. A grave is but a plain suit, and a rich monument is one embroidered.
      - Holy and Profane States
         (bk. III, Of Tombs) [Monuments]

To smell to a turf of fresh earth is wholesome for the body; no less are thoughts of mortality cordial to the soul.
      - Holy and Profane States
         (bk. IV, The Court Lady) [Mortality]

He knows little who will tell his wife all he knows.
      - Holy and Profane States
         (maxim VII, The Good Husband) [Wives]

No time to break jests when the heartstrings are about to be broken.
      - Holy and Profane States (maxim VIII)
        [Jesting]

Anger is one of the sinews of the soul.
      - Holy and Profane States--Anger [Anger]

He that is proud of the rustling of his silks, like a madman, laughs at the ratling of his fetters. For indeed, Clothes ought to be our remembrancers of our lost innocency.
      - Holy and Profane States--Apparel [Apparel]

Gravity is the ballast of the soul, which keeps the mind steady.
      - Holy and Profane States--Gravity [Soul]

Learning hath gained most by those books by which the Printers have lost.
      - Holy and Profane States--Of Books [Books]

Some books are only cursorily to be tasted of.
      - Holy and Profane States--Of Books [Books]

It is a vanity to persuade the world one hath much learning, by getting a great library.
      - Holy and Profane States--Of Books
         (maxim 1) [Libraries]

Hope not for impossibilities.
      - Holy and Profane States--Of Expecting Preferment
         (maxim I) [Impossibility]


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