The best of men (Thomas Brooks)

Discussion in 'The Pilgrims Progress' started by Reformed Covenanter, Jan 14, 2020 at 11:40 AM.

  1. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritanboard Commissioner

    "Surely the best of men are but men at the best." Thomas Brooks (Works, 2: 240)

    I wonder if Brooks is the one that coined this popular saying?
     
  2. Phil D.

    Phil D. Puritan Board Junior

    According to the Dictionary of National Biography the English parliamentary general and politician John Lambert used the phrase in 1659. Brooks was apparently writing in 1665.
     
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  3. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritanboard Commissioner

    Good find, Phil.
     
  4. C. M. Sheffield

    C. M. Sheffield Puritan Board Senior

    There are several witty one-liners that seem to have belonged to the common stock among the Puritans. I have observed this many times.
     

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