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QUOTES ON FOOLS


H'aint we got all the fools in town on our side? And ain't that a big enough majority in any town?

A fool with a heart and no sense is just as unhappy as a fool with sense and no heart.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, The Idiot

If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.

WILLIAM BLAKE, Proverbs of Hell

The brash unbridled tongue, the lawless folly of fools, will end in pain. But the life of wise content is blest with quietness, escapes the storm and keeps its house secure.

EURIPIDES, The Bacchae

In me there have always been two fools, among others, one asking nothing better than to stay where he is and the other imagining that life might be slightly less horrible a little further on.

SAMUEL BECKETT, Molloy

All morons hate it when you call them a moron.

J. D. SALINGER, The Catcher in the Rye

Only the fool, fixed in his folly, may think he can turn the wheel on which he turns.

It will do you no harm to find yourself ridiculous.
Resign yourself to be the fool you are.

T. S. ELIOT, The Cocktail Party

Who shall stay the sword in the hand of a fool, if the high gods put it there?

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Caesar and Cleopatra

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

WILLIAM BLAKE, Proverbs of Hell

Lord, what fools these mortals be!

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, A Midsummer Night's Dream

This fellow is wise enough to play the fool;
And to do that well craves a kind of wit:
He must observe their mood on whom he jests,
The quality of persons, and the time,
And, like the haggard, cheque at every feather
That comes before his eye. This is a practise
As full of labour as a wise man's art
For folly that he wisely shows is fit;
But wise men, folly-fall'n, quite taint their wit.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Twelfth Night

To please a fool is some degree of folly.

WILLIAM CONGREVE, The Way of the World

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