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       Thomas Fuller
       1608-1661
      
       Thomas Fuller was an English churchman and historian. He is now remembered for his writings, particularly his Worthies of England, published after his death. He was a prolific author, and one of the first English writers able to live by his pen.
      
       His sense of humour kept him from extremes. "By his particular temper and management," said Echard (Hist. of England), "he weathered the late great storm with more success than many other great men." He was known as "a perfect walking library." Antithetic and axiomatic sentences abound in his pages.. "Wit," wrote Coleridge after reading the Church History, "was the stuff and substance of Fuller's intellect". Charles Lamb made some selections from Fuller, and admired his "golden works."


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Care and diligence bring luck.

    Topics: Achievement, Discretion, Diligence

Good is not good, where better is expected.

    Topics: Achievement

Prospect is often better than possession.

    Topics: Achievement

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

    Topics: Achievement, Knowledge

Anger is short-lived in a good man.

    Topics: Anger

Anger is one of the sinews of the soul. He who wants it hath a maimed mind.

    Topics: Anger

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

    Topics: Anger, Revenge

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

    Topics: Anger

Remember. O my soul, the fig tree was charged, not with bearing noxious fruit, but no fruit.

    Topics: Apathy

Haste and rashness are storms and tempests, breaking and wrecking business; but nimbleness is a full fair wind blowing it with speed to the haven.

    Topics: Apathy, Discretion, Business

One cloud is enough to eclipse all the sun.

    Topics: Apathy

He that knows nothing will believe anything.

    Topics: Believing
    Source: A Puritan Golden Treasury

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