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THOMAS FULLER (1)
English author and divine
(1608 - 1661)
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Thou mayest as well expect to grow stronger by always eating, as wiser by always reading. Too much overcharges nature, and turns more into disease than nourishment.
      - [Reading]

Thou mayst as well expect to grow strong by always eating as wiser by always reading. Too much overcharges nature, and turns more into disease than nourishment. 'Tis thought and digestion which makes books serviceable, and gives health and vigor to the mind.
      - [Books]

Thou mayst be more prodigal of praise when thou writest a letter than when thou speakest in presence.
      - [Praise]

Thou must content thyself to see the world so imperfect as it is. Thou wilt never have any quiet if thou vexest thyself, because thou canst not bring mankind to that exact notion of things and rule of life which thou hast formed in thy own mind.
      - [World]

Thou oughtest to be nice, even to superstition, in keeping thy promises; and therefore thou shouldst be equally cautious in making them.
      - [Promises]

Though bachelors be the strongest stakes, married men are the best binders in the hedge of the commonwealth.
      - [Celibacy]

To divert at any time a troublesome fancy, run to thy books; they presently fix thee to them, and drive the other out of thy thoughts. They always receive thee with the same kindness.
      - [Books]

To smell a fresh turf of earth is wholesome for the body; no less are thoughts of mortality cordial to the soul. "Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return."
      - [Mortality]

Trust not him that seems a saint.
      - [Hypocrisy]

Trust not in him that seems a saint.
      - [Deceit]

Try to be happy in this present moment, and put not off being so to a time to come,--as though that time should be of another make from this, which has already come and is ours.
      - [Present]

Tyrants commonly cut off the stairs by which they climb up unto their thrones * * * for fear that, if they still be left standing, others will get up the same way.
      - [Tyrants]

Wanton jests make fools laugh, and wise men frown.
      - [Jesting]

We make others' judgment our own by frequenting their society.
      - [Associates]

When I cannot be forced, I am fooled out of my integrity. He cannot constrain if I do not consent. If I do but keep possession, all the posse of hell cannot violently eject me; but I cowardly surrender to his summons. Thus there needs no more to be my undoing but myself.
      - [Temptation]

When men come with nets in their ears, it is good for the preacher to have neither fish nor fowl in his tongue. But blessed be God, now we need not lie at so close a guard.
      - [Preaching]

When our hopes break, let our patience hold.
      - [Hope]

When thou makest presents, let them be of such things as will last long; to the end they may be in some sort immortal, and may frequently refresh the memory of the receiver.
      - [Gifts]

When worthy men fall out, only one of them may be faulty at the first; but if strife continue long, commonly both become guilty.
      - [Quarrels]

Often the cock-loft is empty, in those whom nature hath built many stories high.
      - Andronicus (sec. VI, par. 18, 1)
        [Ignorance]

Thus God's children are immorall whiles their
  Father hath anything for them to do on earth.
      - Church History
         (bk. II, century VIII, 18, On Bede's Death)
        [Immortality]

Thus this brook hath conveyed his ashes into Avon, Avon into Severn, Severn into the narrow seas, they into the main ocean. And thus the ashes of Wickliffe are the emblem of his doctrine, which now is dispersed all the world over.
      - Church History (sec. II, bk. IV, par. 53),
        Wickliffe's body was burned and his ashes thrown into the brook Swift in 1415
        [Doctrine]

Much matter decocted into few words.
      - Definition of a proverb--Worthies (ch. II)
        [Proverbs (General)]

The end of fishing is not angling, but catching.
      - Gnomolia (no. 4497) [Fishing : Proverbs]

A cat has nine lives and a woman has nine cats' lives.
      - Gnomologia [Women]


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