Thomas Fuller

Thomas Fuller

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

A good garden may have some weeds.

Purchase not friends by gifts; when thou ceasest to give, such will cease to love.

Learning makes a man fit company for himself.

If we are bound to forgive an enemy, we are not bound to trust him.

Some have been thought brave because they were afraid to run away.

Many would be cowards if they had courage enough.

Trust thyself only, and another shall not betray thee.

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

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.

Anger is one of the sinners of the soul.

Be a friend to thyself, and others will be so too.

He is not laughed at who laughs at himself first.

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

One that would have the fruit must climb the tree.

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

He that fears your presence will hate you absence.

Judge of thine improvement, not by what thou speakest or writest, but by the firmness of thy mind, and the government of thy passions and affections.

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.

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

Let him who expects one class of society to prosper into highest degree, while the other is in distress, try whether one side of his face can smile while the other is pinched.

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

He that is busy is tempted by but one devil; he that is idle, by a legion.