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Health is not valued till sickness comes.

Health is not valued till sickness comes.

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

One that would have the fruit must climb the tree.

One that would have the fruit must climb the tree.

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

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

All things are difficult before they are easy.

All things are difficult before they are easy.

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

Great hopes make great men.

Great hopes make great men.

Abused patience turns to fury.

Abused patience turns to fury.

Charity begins at home, but should not end there.

Charity begins at home, but should not end there.

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

Choose a wife rather by your ear than your eye.

Choose a wife rather by your ear than your eye.

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

We are born crying, live complaining, and die disappointed. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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

Compliments cost nothing, yet many pay dear for them. ---->>>

The devil lies brooding in the miser's chest. ---->>>

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

A good garden may have some weeds.

A good garden may have some weeds.

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

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

If you command wisely, you'll be obeyed cheerfully.

If you command wisely, you'll be obeyed cheerfully.

A wise man turns chance into good fortune.

A wise man turns chance into good fortune.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

All doors open to courtesy. ---->>>

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

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

If it were not for hopes, the heart would break.

If it were not for hopes, the heart would break.

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

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

There is a scarcity of friendship, but not of friends. ---->>>

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

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

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

With foxes we must play the fox. ---->>>

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

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

Wine hath drowned more men than the sea. ---->>>

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

Better a tooth out than always aching. ---->>>

Zeal without knowledge is fire without light. ---->>>

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

The fool wanders, a wise man travels. ---->>>

We have all forgot more than we remember. ---->>>

There is more pleasure in loving than in being beloved. ---->>>

Vows made in storms are forgotten in calm. ---->>>

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

Bad excuses are worse than none. ---->>>

A good friend is my nearest relation. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

It is more difficult to praise rightly than to blame. ---->>>

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

All commend patience, but none can endure to suffer.

All commend patience, but none can endure to suffer.

Despair gives courage to a coward.

Despair gives courage to a coward.

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

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

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

A good horse should be seldom spurred. ---->>>

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

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

Pride perceiving humility honorable, often borrows her cloak. ---->>>

He that hopes no good fears no ill. ---->>>

Nothing is easy to the unwilling. ---->>>

Unseasonable kindness gets no thanks.

Unseasonable kindness gets no thanks.

Bacchus hath drowned more men than Neptune. ---->>>

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

Eaten bread is forgotten. ---->>>

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

A man is not good or bad for one action. ---->>>

Care and diligence bring luck.

Care and diligence bring luck.

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

Every horse thinks its own pack heaviest. ---->>>

Slight small injuries, and they will become none at all. ---->>>

He knows little, who will tell his wife all he knows. ---->>>

Today is yesterday's pupil. ---->>>

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

In fair weather prepare for foul.

In fair weather prepare for foul.

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

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

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

The more wit the less courage. ---->>>

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

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

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

Scalded cats fear even cold water. ---->>>

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

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

Better be alone than in bad company.

Better be alone than in bad company.

Anger is one of the sinews of the soul. ---->>>

He is not poor that hath not much, but he that craves much. ---->>>

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

Change of weather is the discourse of fools. ---->>>

Pride will spit in pride's face. ---->>>

Better break your word than do worse in keeping it.

Better break your word than do worse in keeping it.

He is poor indeed that can promise nothing. ---->>>

He that travels much knows much. ---->>>

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

Old foxes want no tutors. ---->>>

A book that is shut is but a block. ---->>>

A little skill in antiquity inclines a man to Popery. ---->>>

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

Poor men's reasons are not heard. ---->>>

'Tis better to suffer wrong than do it. ---->>>

'Tis not every question that deserves an answer. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: English
Born: June 19, 1608
Birthplace:
Die: August 16, 1661
Occupation: Clergyman
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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) (wikipedia)