Thomas Fuller


English Divine, Historian and Author

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Those, who in quarrels interpose, Must often wipe a bloody nose.

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

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

Though blood be the best sauce for victory, yet must it not be more than the meat.

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.

There is more pleasure in loving than in being beloved.

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

They that marry ancient people, merely in expectation to bury them, hang themselves in hope that one will come and cut the halter.

The Pyramids themselves, doting with age, have forgotten the names of their founders.

The weakest and most timorous are the most revengeful and implacable.

The worse the passage the more welcome the port.

Their heads sometimes so little that there is no room for wit; sometimes so long, that there is no wit for so much room.

There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.

There is a great difference between painting a face and not washing it.

The lion is not so fierce as painted.

The more laws, the more offenders.

The more wit the less courage.

The noblest revenge is to forgive.

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

The devil lies brooding in the miser's chest.

The end of fishing is not angling, but catching.

The fool wanders, a wise man travels.

Take the advice of a faithful friend, and submit thy inventions to his censure.

The devil himself is good when he is pleased.

Some men, like a tiled house, are long before they take fire, but once on flame there is no coming near to quench them.

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English Divine, Historian and Author