- In a fit manner
1603, John Florio, transl.; Michel de Montaigne, Essayes, printed at London: Edward Blount, OCLC 946730821:, II.12:
- Meane-while it is a great comfort unto a Christian man, to see our mortall implements, and fading tooles, so fitly sorted to our holy and divine faith […].
- c. 1608, William Shakespeare, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Act II, Scene 1,
- I can compare our rich misers to nothing so fitly as to a whale; a’ plays and tumbles, driving the poor fry before him, and at last devours them all at a mouthful […]
- 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Proverbs 25:11,
- A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
- 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 3, chapter XI, Labour:
- Labour is Life: from the inmost heart of the Worker rises his god-given Force, the sacred celestial Life-essence breathed into him by Almighty God; from his inmost heart awakens him to all nobleness, — to all knowledge, ‘self-knowledge’ and much else, so soon as Work fitly begins.
- 1948, Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country, New York: Scribner, 1987, Chapter 28,
- This Court has a solemn duty to protect society against the murderous attacks of dangerous men, whether they be old or young, and to show clearly that it will punish fitly such offenders.