Fools and foolishness
A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one.
Best Quotes about Fools and foolishness
Commend a fool for his wit, or a rogue for his honesty and he will receive you into his favor.
The fool needs company, the wise solitude.
There are two kinds of fools: those who can't change their opinions and those who won t.
Foolproof systems do not take into account the ingenuity of fools.
Who loves not women, wine and song remains a fool his whole life long.
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.
Greatest fools are the most often satisfied.
It seems to never occur to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
Lichtenberg, Georg C.
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.
The fool has to do at last what the wise did at first.
Men who know themselves are no longer fools. They stand on the threshold of the door of Wisdom.
However big the fool, there is always a bigger fool to admire him.
Colleges don't make fools, they only develop them.
If a man fools me once, shame on him. If he fools me twice, shame on me.
The wise make proverbs, and fools repeat them.
In short, no association or alliance can be happy or stable without me. People can't long tolerate a ruler, nor can a master his servant, a maid her mistress, a teacher his pupil, a friend his friend nor a wife her husband, a landlord his tenant, a soldier his comrade nor a party-goer his companion, unless they sometimes have illusions about each other, make use of flattery, and have the sense to turn a blind eye and sweeten life for themselves with the honey of folly.
A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes.
A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart.
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt.
Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will want to use it.
Shaw, George Bernard
Why fools are endowed by nature with voices so much louder than sensible people possess is a mystery. It is a fact emphasized throughout history.
The biggest fool in the world is he who merely does his work supremely well, without attending to appearance.
The entire world is my temple, and a very fine one too, if I'm not mistaken, and I'll never lack priests to serve it as long as there are men.
Fools are without number.
The fool within himself is the object of pity, until he is flattered.
Steele, Sir Richard
Sometimes the fool who rushes in gets the job done.
Spinoza Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.
A foolishness is inflicted with a hatred of itself.
When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap.
A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one.
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.
Lewis, C. S.
Seek but provision of bread and wine, fools to flatter, and clothing fine; and nothing of God shall ever be thine.
The company of fools may first make us smile, but in the end we always feel melancholy.
Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.
Folly is perennial, yet the human race has survived.
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.
When he said we were trying to make a fool of him, I could only murmur that the Creator had beat us to it.
The great God endows His children variously. To some he gives intellect -- and they move the earth. To some he allots heart -- and the beating pulse of humanity is theirs. But to some He gives only a soul, without intelligence -- and these, who never grow up, but remain always His children, are God's fools, kindly, elemental, simple, as if from His palette the Artist of all had taken one color instead of many.
Rinehart, Mary Roberts
Its quite true there's a fool born every minute. It's also quite true they don't die that fast.
Don't approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side.
There are more fools than knaves in the world, else the knaves would not have enough to live upon.
It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.
Every fool finds a greater one to admire them.
The world is full of fools and faint hearts; and yet everyone has courage enough to bear the misfortunes, and wisdom enough to manage the affairs of his neighbor.
In life, each of us must sometimes play the fool.
The fool is always beginning to live.
Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark, or the man afraid of the light?
Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
It has been said that there is no fool like an old fool, except a young fool. But the young fool has first to grow up to be an old fool to realize what a damn fool he was when he was a young fool.
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