Thomas Fuller

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The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation, are the happiest people in the world. And they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others.
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Thomas Fuller

Thomas Fuller (1608 - August 16, 1661) was an English preacher, historian, and scholar.

For the author of Gnomologia, see Thomas Fuller (physician)


  • Drawing near her death, she sent most pious thoughts as harbingers to heaven; and her soul saw a glimpse of happiness through the chinks of her sickness-broken body.
    • Life of Monica (1642)
  • He was one of a lean body and visage, as if his eager soul, biting for anger at the clog of his body, desired to fret a passage through it.
    • Life of the Duke of Alva (1642)
  • It is always darkest just before the day dawneth.
    • Pisgah Sight (1650), Book II, ch. 2
  • There is a great difference between painting a face and not washing it.
    • Church History, Book VII, Section 32

The Holy State and the Profane State (1642)

  • He knows little who will tell his wife all he knows.
    • The Good Husband
  • One that will not plead that cause wherein his tongue must be confuted by his conscience.
    • The Good Advocate
  • Light, God's eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building.
    • Of Building
  • Learning hath gained most by those books by which the printers have lost.
    • Of Books
  • Deceive not thyself by overexpecting happiness in the married estate. Remember the nightingales which sing only some months in the spring, but commonly are silent when they have hatched their eggs.
    • Of Marriage
  • They that marry ancient people, merely in expectation to bury them, hang themselves in hope that one will come and cut the halter.
    • Of Marriage
  • Fame sometimes hath created something of nothing.
    • Of Fame
  • Anger is one of the sinews of the soul; he that wants it hath a maimed mind.
    • Of Anger
  • He will make a strange combustion in the state of his soul, who at the landing of every cockboat sets the beacons on fire.
    • Of Anger
  • Some men, like a tiled house, are long before they take fire, but once on flame there is no coming near to quench them.
    • Of Anger
  • Do not in an instant what an age cannot recompense.
    • Of Anger
  • Heat of passion makes our souls to chap, and the devil creeps in at the crannies.
    • Of Anger
  • Scoff not at the natural defects of any which are not in their power to amend. Oh 't is cruelty to beat a cripple with his own crutches.
    • Of Jesting

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