Thomas Fuller

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

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.

Money is the sinew of love as well as war.

All things are difficult before they are easy.

With foxes we must play the fox.

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

Education begins a gentleman, conversation completes him.

Get the facts, or the facts will get you. And when you get them, get them right, or they will get you wrong.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Enquire not what boils in another's pot.

Know most of the rooms of thy native country before thou goest over the threshold thereof.

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

He that plants trees loves others beside himself.

Trust thyself only, and another shall not betray thee.

Bacchus hath drowned more men than Neptune.

Health is not valued till sickness comes.

Learning makes a man fit company for himself.

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

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

Let not thy will roar, when thy power can but whisper.

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

Many would be cowards if they had courage enough.

Be not extravagantly high in expression of thy commendations of men thou likest, it may make the hearer's stomach rise.

One that would have the fruit must climb the tree.

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

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

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

He is not laughed at who laughs at himself first.

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

The great end of life is not knowledge, but action.

Anger is one of the sinners of the soul.

He that fears your presence will hate you absence.