“A wise man will make tools of what comes to hand” – Thomas Fuller

Positive Quote: “A wise man will make tools of what comes to hand” – Thomas Fuller


I like this quote. To me it speaks about creativity and resourcefulness. The ability to make something out of what is on hand is a skill. I believe it can be used in both a personal and professional way.


For example, imagine cooking dinner and realizing you don’t have an ingredient, can you substitute or do you have to stop and go to the store. It depends on what you are missing. You can replace baking soda with baking powder (amount differs, not a 1:1), you can replace heavy cream with a milk and margarine combination. Or if you don’t have a certain tool you can use what you have there; from a wine bottle for a rolling pin to a juice glass to replace a cookie cutter. I personally do not like to stop and put things on ‘hold’ to go to the store and do my best to locate something can use to make things work.


Also, from a professional perspective, imagine you are assigned a new task or project and you don’t know anything about it. You have to assess what the current environment is and then determine what the end result should look like. With that knowledge, you would reach out to others, leverage past projects lessons learned, and determine your best approach, while having a plan b and c readily available.


As you can tell, this quote resonates with me. When things go awry, I stop and take a few moments to think, ‘ok, what else can I do, what can I leverage, and what new path could I go down’. Sometimes it can take multiple attempts to see progress and one method does not work for all.


What do you think of this quote?


Have a marvelous Wednesday.




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