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Quotations The Best Quotes About Fools And Foolishness  

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What a fool does in the end, the wise do in the beginning.
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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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In life, each of us must sometimes play the fool.
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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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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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Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom. Elizabeth Gaskell
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A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one. Molière
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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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You three have done quite enough today: all of you and your feckless, treacherous god. Janet Morris
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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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It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.
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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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The fool has to do at last what the wise did at first.
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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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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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The fool is always beginning to live.
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Folly is perennial, yet the human race has survived. Bertrand Russell
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If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. Bertrand Russell
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A fool and his money are soon parted.
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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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Greatest fools are the most often satisfied. Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux
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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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I was young and foolish then; now I am old and foolisher. Mark Twain
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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