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Thomas Fuller
1654 - 1734

British scholar, preacher and doctor, prolific author of Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs (1732). Benjamin Franklin is said to have taken from Gnomologia some of the proverbs that made him famous through his publication of them in various editions of Poor Richard's Almanac


A good conscience is the best divinity.

1732 - from Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs
He that has one eye is a prince among those that have none.

1732 - from Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs
He that is everywhere is nowhere.

1732 - from Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs
Action is the proper fruit of knowledge.

1732 - from Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs
Even doubtful accusations leave a stain behind them.

1732 - from Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs
What reason and endeavor cannot bring about, often time will.

1732 - from Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs
All things are difficult before they are easy.

1732 - from Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs
Seeing's believing, but feeling's the truth.

1732 - from Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs
One that would have the fruit must climb the tree.

1732 - from Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs
The more laws, the more offenders.

1732 - from Gnomologia
Where there are many laws, there are many enormities.

1732 - from Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs
Don't let your will roar when your power only whispers.

1732 - from Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs
If you command wisely, you'll be obeyed cheerfully.

1732 - from Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs
Much law, but little justice.

1732 - from Gnomologia
He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea.

1732 - from Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs
Get the facts, or the facts will get you. And when you get them, get them right, or they will get you wrong.