Foolishness Quotes

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.

Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.

The Bacchae


The Bacchae

Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.

Any fool can make a rule
And any fool will mind it.

Authority    Conformity    Fool    Foolishness    Humor    Law    Rule    Rules

We are all vainer of our luck than of our merits.

Folly    Foolishness    Luck    Merits    Nero wolfe    Vainer    Vainity    Wisdom    Wise

In wars, boy, fools kill other fools for foolish causes

There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.

Bushism    Dumb    Foolishness    Fools

But if you're gonna dine with them cannibals
Sooner or later, darling, you're gonna get eaten . . .

Cannibalism    Cannibals    Company    Dining    Eating    Food    Foolishness    Risk    Risk taking

Until you're ready to look foolish, you'll never have the possibility of being great.

If you fear nothing, then you are not brave. You are merely too foolish to be afraid.

Skin Trade

Laurell K. Hamilton

Skin Trade

A learned fool is more a fool than an ignorant fool.

I imagine that the intelligent people are the ones so intelligent that they don't even need or want to look 'intelligent' anymore.

If there really had been a Mercutio, and if there really were a Paradise, Mercutio might be hanging out with teenage Vietnam draftee casualties now, talking about what it felt like to die for other people's vanity and foolishness.

Hocus Pocus

Kurt Vonnegut

Hocus Pocus

Love is wise; hatred is foolish. In this world, which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don't like. We can only live together in that way. But if we are to live together, and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance, which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet.

She was reflecting back on a truth she had learned over the years: that people heard what they wanted to hear, saw what they wanted, believed what they wanted.

One of the greatest evils is the foolishness of a good man. For the giving man to withhold helping someone in order to first assure personal fortification is not selfish, but to elude needless self-destruction; martyrdom is only practical when the thought is to die, else a good man faces the consequence of digging a hole from which he cannot escape, and truly helps no one in the long run.

Addiction    Die    Dig    Digging    Escape    Evil    Foolishness    Fortification    Giving    Good    Help    Helping    Helping hand    Hurt    Kindness    Man    Pain    Recovery    Sacrifice    Seflessness    Self destruction    Selfish    Selfishness    Thanksgiving

People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actually fools.

Foolishness is more than being stupid, that deadly combination of arrogance and ignorance.

O, wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
An' foolish notion.

We don't have education, we have inspiration; if I was educated I would be a damn fool.

I am a master of foolhardy plans.

The Thief

Megan Whalen Turner

The Thief

Wise men are not pacifists; they are merely less likely to jump up and retaliate against their antagonizers. They know that needless antagonizers are virtually already insecure enough.

Antagonism    Antagonistic    Discernment    Foolishness    Insecure    Insecurity    Judgment    Jump    Manliness    Masculinity    Needless    Pacifism    Pacifist    Patience    Prudence    Reason    Retaliation    Self control    Virtue    Wisdom    Wise    Wise man

Science is what we have learned about how to keep from fooling ourselves.

Our wisdom comes from our experience,
and our experience comes from our foolishness.

He's acting as foolish as a kitten... but then, everyone's entitled to a little foolishness once in a while.

With too much pride a man cannot learn a thing. In and of itself, learning teaches you how foolish you are.

The advantages of natural folly in a beautiful girl have been already set forth by the capital pen of a sister author; and to her treatment of the subject I will only add, in justice to men, that though to the larger and more trifling part of the sex, imbecility in females is a great enhancement of their personal charms, there is a portion of them too reasonable and too well informed themselves to desire anything more in woman than ignorance.

Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey
Charms    Clichés    Desirability    Disdain    Education    Empowerment    Equality    Folly    Foolishness    Girls    Ignorance    Imbecility    Inferiority    Men    Perception    Prejudice    Reason    Stereotypes    Stupidity    Women

Passion often makes a madman of the cleverest man, and renders the greatest fools clever.

If it is ones lot to be cast among fools, one must learn foolishness.

Fool    Foolishness    Learn    Lot

Ah! how little knowledge does a man acquire in his life. He gathers it up like water, but like water it runs between his fingers, and yet, if his hands be but wet as though with dew, behold a generation of fools call out, 'See, he is a wise man!' Is it not so?


H. Rider Haggard


Causing any damage or harm to one party in order to help another party is not justice, and likewise, attacking all feminine conduct [in order to warn men away from individual women who are deceitful] is contrary to the truth, just as I will show you with a hypothetical case. Let us suppose they did this intending to draw fools away from foolishness. It would be as if I attacked fire -- a very good and necessary element nevertheless -- because some people burnt themselves, or water because someone drowned. The same can be said of all good things which can be used well or used badly. But one must not attack them if fools abuse them.

Abuse    Argument    Clichés    Conduct    Damage    Danger    Double standards    Fire    Foolishness    Gender    Generalizations    Harm    Hypocrisy    Individuality    Men    Misogyny    Misrepresentation    Morality    One sidedness    Perceptions    Prejudice    Social norms    Stereotypes    Truth    Water    Women

Passion often makes fools of the wisest men and gives the silliest wisdom.

Sorry is the fool who trades his soul for a corvette Thinks he'll get the girl he'll only get the mechanic.

How foolish to yearn to ask the very person who'd caused the pain to heal it

The magi, as you know, were wise men--wonderfully wise men--who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents. Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication. And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. O all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi.

Christmas    Combs    Foolishness    Fools    Gift    Magi    Pocket watch    Wise

Shall we their fond pageant see?
Lord, what fools these mortals be!

A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The heart was a weak, changeable thing, bent on nothing but love, and there could be no more fatal mistake than to make it your master. Reason must be in charge. It comforted you for the heart's foolishness, it sang mocking songs about love, derided it as a whim of nature, transient as flowers. So why did she still keep following her heart?


Cornelia Funke


If human foolishness had been as carefully nurtured and cultivated as intelligence has been for centuries, perhaps it would have turned into something extremely precious.


Yevgeny Zamyatin


Don't fool yourself by look so humble
whereas the thing you want is respect.

Live in the moment... but don't be led by the moment, or the people who belong to it.

When you are gunning to be like other people, you are foolishly repeating their mistakes, and the worst of it all is that you can't even correct yours.

Brainless    Copy    Copycat    Copying    Correction    Failure    Fake    Fake people    Fanatic    Fanatism    Fool    Foolishness    Imitation    Imitator    Impersonating    Impersonator    Lunacy    Lunatic    Michael bassey johnsom    Mistake    Pose    Repetition    Satire

[Y]ou [man] are fool enough, it seems, to dare to war with [woman=] me, when for your faithful ally you might win me easily.



Alliance    Disagreement    Foolishness    Men    Quarrel    Wisdom    Women

Those who possess wisdom cannot just ladle it out to every wantwit and jackanapes who comes along and asks for it. A person must be prepared to receive wisdom, or else it will do him more harm than good. Moreover, a lout thrashing about in the clear waters of wisdom will dirty those waters for everyone else.

If you try to save wisdom until the world is wise, Father, the world will never have it.

A Canticle for Leibowitz

Walter M. Miller Jr.

A Canticle for Leibowitz

But gratitude would not have me love you as I do. Love was inspired by what you are - the good, the bad, and even the foolish, which is what you're being right now.

Over intellect will make you a genius, over emotions will make you a lunatic.

Youth is a failing only too
easily outgrown.

Why is it that foolishness repeats itself with such monotonous precision?

God Emperor of Dune

Frank Herbert

God Emperor of Dune


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