[Scroll down to the bold text for the bumper-sticker
"We read that the nails in the holy of holies, 2 Chron.
iii. 8 and 9, were of fine gold. Hence ariseth a question, How
such nails could be useful, pure gold being so flexible that a
nail made thereof will bow, and not drive.
was present at the debate thereof, betwixt the best
working-goldsmiths in London, where, among many injenious
answers, this carried away the credit for the greatest
probability thereof, viz., that they were screw nails, which had
holes prepared for their reception, and so were wound in by
"God's work must not be done lazily, but
leisurely: haste maketh waste in this kind. In reformations of
great importance, the violent driving in of the nail will either
break the head, or bow the point thereof, or rive and split that
which should be fastened therewith.
insensibly be screwed, which cannot suddenly be knocked into
people. Fair and softly goeth far; but alas! we have too
many fiery spirits, who, with Jehu, drive on so furiously they
will overturn all in church and state, if their fierceness be not
Fuller (b. 1608, d. 1661-08-16), in Mixt
Contemplations in Better Times (1660, "Printed by R.D. for
Iohn Williams", London) [bold emphasis added --dglenn] It can be
found online in a collection of some of Fuller's work,
Good Thoughts in Bad Times and Other Papers, also
visible in Google Books,
Record of Christian Work, vol. 19 (I found it
quoted in God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James
Bible by Adam Nicolson.) There are minor differences
in spelling in diferent collections/editions.
Happt birthday to
and to my brother John, neither of whom today's quotation
is meant to have anything in particular to do with -- I just
thought it sounded like a good quotation for a Friday.