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

WILLIAM BLAKE, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

ALEXANDER POPE, An Essay on Criticism

There are more fools than wise men, and even in the wise man himself there is more folly than wisdom.

CHAMFORT, The Cynic's Breviary

Experience keeps a dear school, yet fools will learn in no other.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanac

Yet with great toil all that I can attain
By long experience, and in learned schools,
Is for to know my knowledge is but vain,
And those that think them wise, are greatest fools.

SIR WILLIAM ALEXANDER, EARL OF STIRLING, The Tragedy of Croesus

Who's the more foolish: the fool, or the fool who follows him?

OBI-WAN KENOBI, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

O! I am Fortune's fool.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Romeo and Juliet

Children and fools speak true.

JOHN LYLY, Endymion

The majority is never right. Never, I tell you! That's one of these lies in society that no free and intelligent man can help rebelling against. Who are the people that make up the biggest proportion of the population -- the intelligent ones or the fools?

HENRIK IBSEN, An Enemy of the People

My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it.

URSULA K. LE GUIN, Harper's magazine, Aug. 1990

The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.

SAMUEL BUTLER, Notebooks

A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.

BIBLE, Proverbs 29:11

Fashion! -- a word which knaves and fools may use,
Their knavery and folly to excuse.

CHARLES CHURCHILL, The Rosciad

Tho' marriage makes man and wife one flesh, it leaves 'em still two fools.

WILLIAM CONGREVE, The Double Dealer

Silence is the virtue of fools.

FRANCIS BACON, De Augmentis Scientiarum

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

ANATOLE FRANCE, Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotations

There is, they say, no fool like an old fool.

WILLIAM GOLDING, Nobel Lecture, Dec. 7, 1983

If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.

W.C. FIELDS

You have to stop worrying about looking foolish, 'cause fear of being humiliated really limits you.

DEAN KOONTZ, Fear Nothing

The difference between a puppy and a fool is this--the one is born blind and continues so for nine days only, while the other remains with his eyes shut all his life.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

Fly fishing may be a very pleasant amusement; but angling or float fishing I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end and a fool at the other.

SAMUEL JOHNSON

Fools may our scorn, not envy raise,
For envy is a kind of praise.

JOHN GAY, Fables

The greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

A sensible woman can never be happy with a fool.

GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Eleanor Parke Custis, Jan. 16, 1795

Humanity is a parade of fools, and I am at the front of it, twirling a baton.

DEAN KOONTZ, Brother Odd

You can't argue with all of the fools in the world. It's easier to let them have their way, then trick them when they're not paying attention.

CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI, Eragon

As a fish out of his native element, so is the fool in the society of the wise.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

With fools forbear to argue--better strive to wake the dead.

BHARTRHARI, "On Fools"

There may be no fool like an old fool, but our observation has been that the young fool runs him a pretty close second.

ROBERT ELLIOTT GONZALES, Poems and Paragraphs

Too many men are afraid of being fools.

HENRY FORD, "In Bondage to a Reputation," Ford Ideals

Contend not in wisdom with a fool, for thy sense maketh much of his conceit;
And some errors never would have thriven, had it not been for learned refutation.

MARTIN FARQUHAR TUPPER, Proverbial Philosophy

The difference between a wise and foolish man is this--the former sees much, thinks much, and speaks little; but the latter speaks more than he either sees or thinks.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

He that will be his own master ... must often have a fool for his scholar.

JOHN THORNTON, Maxims and Directions for Youth

If all fools wore white hoods, any crowd would look like a field of blooming buckwheat.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

They that are fated to be fools, have one consolation, that they are fated also to be ignorant of it.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

What ails the fool to laugh? Does something please
His vain conceit? Or is 't a mere disease?
Fool, giggle on, and waste thy wanton breath;
Thy morning laughter breeds an ev'ning death.

FRANCIS QUARLES, Emblems

Men may live fools, but fools they cannot die.

EDWARD YOUNG, Night Thoughts

The surprising thing about young fools is how many survive to become old fools.

DOUG LARSON, attributed, Quotable Quotes

Ordinary fools are all right; you can talk to them, and try to help them out. But pompous fools -- guys who are fools and are covering it all over and impressing people as to how wonderful they are with all this hocus pocus -- THAT, I CANNOT STAND! An ordinary fool isn't a faker; an honest fool is all right. But a dishonest fool is terrible!

RICHARD FEYNMAN, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.

DOUGLAS ADAMS, Mostly Harmless

Man is so perfectable and corruptible he can become a fool through good sense.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, "Notebook F", Aphorisms

Ah, well, I am a great and sublime fool. But then I am God's fool, and all His works must be contemplated with respect.

MARK TWAIN, letter to W. D. Howells, 1877

Sometimes we meet a fool with wit, never one with discretion.

FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims

Men are born, fools are littered.

ABRAHAM MILLER, Unmoral Maxims

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