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Thomas Fuller
(24 Jun 1654 - 17 Sep 1734)

English physician whose practice was in Sevenoaks, Kent. His Pharmacopoiea of a thousand prescriptions for medicines appeared in at least 12 editions. He also published Gnomologia in which he collected 6496 adagies and proverbs.


Science Quotes by Thomas Fuller (10 quotes)

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He that plants trees, loves others besides himself.
— Thomas Fuller
No. 2248 in Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs, Wise Sentences and Witty Sayings (1732), 91.
Science quotes on:  |  Love (164)  |  Plant (173)  |  Tree (143)

He who cures a disease may be the skillfullest, but he who prevents it is the safest physician.
— Thomas Fuller
In Practical Spelling: A Text Book For Use in Commercial Schools (1902), 34.
Science quotes on:  |  Cure (88)  |  Disease (257)  |  Physician (232)  |  Prevention (29)  |  Safest (2)  |  Skill (50)

He who plants a Walnut-Tree, expects not to eat of the fruit.
— Thomas Fuller
No. 2401 in Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs, Wise Sentences and Witty Sayings (1732), 99.
Science quotes on:  |  Eating (21)  |  Expectation (46)  |  Fruit (63)  |  Plant (173)  |  Tree (143)

If thou hast knowledge, let others light their candle at thine.
— Thomas Fuller
In Introductio ad Prudentiam: or, Directions, Counsels, and Cautions, Tending to Prudent Management of Affairs in Common Life (1727), Part II, 2, Moral No. 1784. Often seen incorrectly attributed to Sarah Margaret Fuller or Winston Churchill, slightly reworded, for example, as “If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it.”
Science quotes on:  |  Candle (19)  |  Knowledge (1128)  |  Let (30)  |  Light (246)  |  Other (25)

Nature is beyond all teaching.
— Thomas Fuller
No. 3505 in Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs, Wise Sentences and Witty Sayings (1732), 91.
Science quotes on:  |  Nature (1029)  |  Teaching (99)

Nature takes as much Pains in the Womb for the forming of a Beggar as an Emperor.
— Thomas Fuller
No. 3507 in Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs, Wise Sentences and Witty Sayings (1732), 91.
Science quotes on:  |  Beggar (3)  |  Emperor (3)  |  Formation (54)  |  Nature (1029)  |  Pain (82)  |  Womb (13)

Of the Passive Principle, and Material Cause of the Small Pox ... Nature, in the first compounding and forming of us, hath laid into the Substance and Constitution of each something equivalent to Ovula, of various distinct Kinds, productive of all the contagious, venomous Fevers, we can possibly have as long as we live.
— Thomas Fuller
Exanthematologia: Or, An Attempt to Give a Rational Account of Eruptive Fevers, Especially of the Measles and SmallPox (1730), Part II, 'Of the Small-Pox', 175. In Ludvig Hektoen, 'Thomas Fuller 1654-1734: Country Physician and Pioneer Exponent of Specificness in Infection and Immunity', read to the Society (8 Nov 1921), published in Bulletin of the Society of Medical History of Chicago (Mar 1922), 2, 329, or in reprint form, p. 11.
Science quotes on:  |  Disease (257)  |  Germ (27)  |  Smallpox (12)

The anatomy of a little child, representing all parts thereof, is accounted a greater rarity than the skeleton of a man in full stature.
— Thomas Fuller
In The Church History of Britain (1842), Vol. 1, 165. Fuller’s context was to compare being studious in antiquity with after-ages when perfected.
Science quotes on:  |  Adult (11)  |  Anatomy (59)  |  Child (189)  |  Rare (31)  |  Represent (27)  |  Skeleton (15)

The frost is God’s plough which he drives through every inch of ground in the world, opening each clod, and pulverizing the whole.
— Thomas Fuller
As quoted in Henry Southgate (ed.), Many Thoughts of Many Minds (1862), 237.
Science quotes on:  |  Agriculture (62)  |  Clod (2)  |  Drive (38)  |  Frost (12)  |  Ground (63)  |  Meteorology (29)  |  Open (38)  |  Plough (8)  |  Pulverize (2)

The Pestilence can never breed the Small-Pox, nor the Small-Pox the Measles, nor they the Crystals or Chicken-Pox, any more than an Hen can breed a Duck, a Wolf a Sheep, or a Thistle Figs; and consequently, one Sort cannot be a Preservative against any other Sort.
— Thomas Fuller
In Ludvig Hektoen, 'Thomas Fuller 1654-1734: country physician and pioneer exponent of specificness in infection and immunity', Bulletin of the Society of Medical History of Chicago (Mar 1922), 2, 321. In the reprint of the paper alone, the quote is on page 3.
Science quotes on:  |  Breed (18)  |  Consequently (3)  |  Crystal (47)  |  Duck (3)  |  Hen (4)  |  Measles (3)  |  Pestilence (8)  |  Sheep (11)  |  Smallpox (12)  |  Sort (32)  |  Thistle (5)  |  Wolf (6)


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