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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Miscellaneous Sayings
By Thomas Fuller (1608–1661)
 
IT is dangerous to gather flowers that grow on the banks of the pit of hell, for fear of falling in; yea, they which play with the Devil’s rattles will be brought by degrees to wield his sword; and from making of sport they come to doing of mischief.  1
 
  A public office is a guest which receives the best usage from them who never invited it.  2
 
  Scoff not at the natural defects of any, which are not in their power to amend. Oh! ’tis cruel to beat a cripple with his own crutches.  3
 
  Learning has gained most by those books by which the printers have lost.  4
 
  Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl chain of all virtues.  5
 
  To smell to a turf of fresh earth is wholesome for the body; no less are thoughts of mortality cordial to the soul.  6
 
  The lion is not so fierce as painted.  7
 
  … Their heads sometimes so little that there is no room for wit; sometimes so long that there is no wit for so much room.  8
 
  Often the cock-loft is empty in those whom nature hath built many stories high.  9
 
  The Pyramids themselves, doting with age, have forgotten the names of their founders.  10
 
  … One that will not plead that cause wherein his tongue must be confuted by his conscience.  11
 
  But our captain counts the image of God—nevertheless his image—cut in ebony as if done in ivory; and in the blackest Moors he sees the representation of the King of Heaven.  12
 
 
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