quotations The Best Quotes About Fools And Foolishness  

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In life, each of us must sometimes play the fool.

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What a fool does in the end, the wise do in the beginning.

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A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one. Molière

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He who knows he who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool, shun him; He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is a child, teach him. He who knows, and knows not that he knows, is asleep, wake him. He who knows, and knows that he knows, is wise, follow him.

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The fool needs company, the wise solitude. Ruckett

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Don't approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side.

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Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom. Elizabeth Gaskell

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It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt.

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Looking foolish does the spirit good. The need not to look foolish is one of youth's many burdens; as we get older we are exempted from more and more, and float upward in our heedlessness, singing Gratia Dei sum quod sum. John Updike

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You three have done quite enough today: all of you and your feckless, treacherous god. Janet Morris

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Its quite true there's a fool born every minute. It's also quite true they don't die that fast.

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If a man fools me once, shame on him. If he fools me twice, shame on me.

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It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.

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The fool has to do at last what the wise did at first.

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Folly is perennial, yet the human race has survived. Bertrand Russell

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The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools. Herbert Spencer

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I was young and foolish then; now I am old and foolisher. Mark Twain

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A fellow who is always declaring that he's no fool, usually has his suspicions. Wilson Mizner

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He is a fool that kisseth the maid when he may kiss the mistress.

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If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. Bertrand Russell

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The fool is always beginning to live.

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He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.

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However big the fool, there is always a bigger fool to admire him. Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux

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You ask whether I have ever been in love: fool as I am, I am not such a fool as that. But if one is only to talk from first-hand experience, conversation would be a very poor business. But though I have no personal experience of the things they call love, I have what is better -- the experience of Sappho, of Euripides, of Catallus, of Shakespeare, of Spenser, of Austen, of Bronte, of anyone else I have read. C. S. Lewis

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The dullness of the fool is the whetstone of the wits. William Shakespeare

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Fortune, seeing that she could not make fools wise, has made them lucky. Michel de Montaigne

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Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread. Alexander Pope

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Fools build houses, and wise men buy them.

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It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. Mark Twain

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A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. William Blake

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A fool and his money are soon parted.

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There are two fools in this world. One is the millionaire who thinks that by hoarding money he can somehow accumulate real power, and the other is the penniless reformer who thinks that if only he can take the money from one class and give it to another, all the world's ills will be cured. Henry Ford

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A clever child brought up with a foolish one can itself become foolish. Man is so perfectible and corruptible he can become a fool through good sense. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society. Honoré de Balzac

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He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks. François de La Rochefoucauld

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In days gone by, we were afraid of dying in dishonor or a state of sin. Nowadays, we are afraid of dying fools. Now the fact is that there is no Extreme Unction to absolve us of foolishness. We endure it here on earth as subjective eternity. Jean Baudrillard

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The fool within himself is the object of pity, until he is flattered. Richard Steele

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Greatest fools are the most often satisfied. Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux

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How many fools does it take to make up a public? Nicolas Chamfort

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The folly of all follies is to be love sick for a shadow. Alfred Tennyson^! 1st Baron Tennyson

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Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will want to use it. George Bernard Shaw

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He uses his folly like a stalking-horse, and under the presentation of that he shoots his wit. William Shakespeare

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A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes. Robert Frost

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The fool thinks himself to be wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. William Shakespeare

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It is rude to silence a fool, and cruelty to let him go on.

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Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt. Abraham Lincoln

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Lord, what fools these mortals be. William Shakespeare

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A foolishness is inflicted with a hatred of itself. Seneca the Younger

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The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience. Arthur Schopenhauer

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There are two kinds of fools: those who can't change their opinions and those who won t. Josh Billings