August 16: Thomas Fuller died in 1661


“It is said that the darkest hour of the night comes just before the dawn.”
― Thomas Fuller,

Thomas Fuller (1608 – 16 August 1661) was an English churchman and historian. He is now remembered for his writings, particularly his Worthies of England, published after his death. He was a prolific author, and one of the first English writers able to live by his pen (and his many patrons).


“A stumble may prevent a fall.”

“A fool’s paradise is a wise man’s hell.”

“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.”

“It is the property of fools to be always judging.”

“If it were not for hopes, the heart would break.”

“Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.”

“Some have been thought brave because they were afraid to run away.”

“Be a friend to thyself, and others will be so too.”

“All things are difficult before they are easy.”

“The noblest revenge is to forgive”

“The worse the passage the more welcome the port. ”

“Govern thy life and thy thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one, and read the other.”

“Friendships multiply joys and divide griefs.”

“He that plants trees loves others besides himself.”

“Two things a man should never be angry at: what he can help, and what he cannot help.”

“He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea.”