Fool Quotes

Fool Quotes by Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux, Adolf Hitler, J. D. Salinger, Carl Van Vechten, William Hazlitt, B.K.S. Iyengar and many others.

This arch-liar today shows that Britain never was in a position to wage war alone. This gabbler, this drunkard Churchill. And then his accomplice in the White House, this mad fool.
When I really worry about something, I don’t just fool around. I even have to go to the bathroom when I worry about something. Only, I don’t go. I’m too worried to go. I don’t want to interrupt my worrying to go.
The cat seldom interferes with other people‘s rights. His intelligence keeps him from doing many of the fool things that complicate life.
I am always afraid of a fool. One cannot be sure that he is not a knave as well.
He is a fool who lets slip a bird in the hand for a bird in the bush.
She went away, she cut me like a knife Hello beautiful thing, maybe you could save my life In just a glance, down here on magic street Loves a fool’s dance And I ain’t got much sense, but I still got my feet.
Anyone who has a choice and doesn’t choose to write is a fool. The work is hard, the perks are few, the pay is terrible, and the product, when it’s finally finished, is pure joy.
Half my life is in book’s written pages. Live and learn from fools and from sages.
After you make a fool of yourself a few hundred times, you learn what works.
He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.
Julius Tallow was a fool. He appeared complacent, but like a weak swimmer out of his depth, his legs were kicking frantically under the surface, trying to keep him afloat. Whatever happened, Nathaniel did not intend to sink with him.
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.
He who hesitates is a damned fool.
I always had the sense with her that she didn’t suffer fools gladly but that life was taking great pains to show her how.
The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
Any fool can do something cool and look cool, but it takes skill to make something uncool cool again.
I think when you say to someone You are fool not to believe in evolution or a fool to believe the universe is 6000 years old. I think that gets translated as You are a fool to think that your daughter who died in a car accident is really in heaven with god.
No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.
Wise men profit more from fools than fools from wise men; for the wise men shun the mistakes of fools, but fools do not imitate the successes of the wise.
The demands of the time for objectivity and functionality must be fulfilled. If that clearly happens, then the buildings of our day will convey the greatness of which the age is capable, and only a fool will maintain that they lack it.
Anticipated rents, and bills unpaid,
Force many a shining youth into the shade,
Not to redeem his time, but his estate,
And play the fool, but at the cheaper rate.
Love is a word that is constantly heard,
Hate is a word that is not.
Love, I am told, is more precious than gold.
Love, I have read, is hot.
But hate is the verb that to me is superb,
And Love but a drug on the mart.
Any kiddie in school can love like a fool,
But Hating, my boy, is an Art.
There is no embarrassment quite like the embarrassment of listening to a person for whom one has a regard making a fool of himself.
I am drunk, seest thou? When I am not drunk I do not talk. You have never heard me talk much. But an intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend his time with fools.
Only a fool pokes a mama bear, but that’s Merrick Garland for you. The attorney general thought to be such a moderate that 20 Republicans confirmed his nomination turns out to be a radical ideologue hellbent on targeting President Biden‘s political foes.
Hard words are for fools and cowards.
If you are not your own doctor, you are a fool.
I shall ask for brains instead of a heart; for a fool would not know what to do with a heart if he had one.
Only a fool would make the bed every day.
War is awful. Nothing, not the valor with which it is fought nor the nobility of the cause it serves, can glorify war. War is wretched beyond description and only a fool or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality. Whatever is won in war, it is loss the veteran remembers.
Robert Pattinson has the face of a film-noir dupe. It’s a face that is searching and open and kind. It’s a face that a certain type of woman might want to fool because, in its intensely old-fashioned kindness, the face says, I love you. Fool me.
You can’t fool yourself anymore that your art is your art. When you’re not getting paid for that song that’s being traded back and forth among millions of people on the Internet, you have to think like a businessperson.
He who asks a question is a fool for a minute; he who does not remains a fool forever.
When you realize that by changing your perspective, big things can be seen as little things, it becomes much harder to worry about anything. Commitment is an act, not a word.
You have to leave all your options open. And if you don’t leave your options open, you’re a fool.
It’s always amusing to see how much less the political class knows than the rest of us do. … it’s never occurred to [the likes of Senators Brownback and Obama] that they bear a worse stigma than any AIDS patient, being almost universally regarded as blowhards, crooks, dopes, and fools.
Stephen D. Cox
Even if a fool lived with a wise man all his life, he would still not recognise the truth, like a wooden spoon cannot recognise the flavour of the soup.
I think I’ve gotten technically better over the years but you’d have to be a fool not to. I’ve made so many movies that by sheer quantity you get better at the technique.
I’m dying to fool around with the distance between Selina Kyle and Catwoman. And, you know, the whole double identity thing is endlessly fascinating. I mean, you can always find another riff for it.
SCRAP-BOOK, n. A book that is commonly edited by a fool. Many persons of some small distinction compile scrap-books containing whatever they happen to read about themselves or employ others to collect.
Even a fool gets to be young once.
Frank Lucas
In university they don’t tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.
Traveling is no fool’s errand to him who carries his eyes and itinerary along with him.
Half the art of ballooning is to make your crashes so gentle that you can fool yourself into calling them landings.
It may be well to repeat here the saying that old men talk of what they have done, young men of what they are doing, and fools of what they expect to do. The Negro race has a rather large share of the last mentioned class.
Had the WWE fights were artificial and pre-scripted, there would have been no need for wrestlers like The Great Khali and The Undertaker. You cannot fool thousands of people crammed into a stadium and sitting four to five feet away from you in the ring.
He who breaks a resolution is a weakling; He who makes one is a fool.
Farquhar McGillivray Knowles
Since Don Quixote de la Mancha is a crazy fool and a madman, and since Sancho Panza, his squire, knows it, yet, for all that, serves and follows him, and hangs on these empty promises of his, there can be no doubt that he is more of a madman and a fool than his master.
The screech-owl, with ill-boding cry, Portends strange things, old women say; Stops every fool that passes by, And frights the school-boy from his play.
Concentrate and think upon the problem in mind until a satisfactory conclusion is reached, and then finally go ahead. If you have made a mistake, all right. Never find fault with a man because he has made a mistake. It is only a fool that makes the same mistake the second time.
I would love to be a guest on a talk show or a panel that shows women who have been on reality shows who’ve had success, to prove to audiences that you don’t have to be a fool to become successful.
If you are to judge a man, you must know his secret thoughts, sorrows, and feelings; to know merely the outward events of a man’s life would only serve to make a chronological table-a fool’s notion of history.
As a child, I was a clown. I didn’t hesitate to make a fool of myself and I would love to completely take on wacky characters.
The truth is, I like to engage with life fully. Given an opportunity to do something I don’t often get a chance to do, I feel the need to try it, even if I suspect I’ll make a fool out of myself.
We avenge intelligence when we deceive a fool, and the victory is worth the trouble
We must fight as a race for everything that makes for a better country and a better world. We are dreaming idiots and trusting fools to do anything less.
Gratitude is a fool’s word; we find it in the dictionary, but it is not in the heart of man.
Shall we keep men in a fool’s paradise? Shall we lull them into soft slumbers from which they will awake in hell? Are we to become helpers of their damnation by our smooth speeches? In the name of God, we will not!
We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow. Our wiser sons, no doubt will think us so.
What is called honors and dignities, and even honor and dignity, is generally fool’s gold.
One life on this earth is all that we get, whether it is enough or not enough, and the obvious conclusion would seem to be that at the very least we are fools if we do not live it as fully and bravely and beautifully as we can.
The first thing every mage should learn is that magic makes fools of us. Now you may call yourself a mage. You have learned the most important lesson.
Any woman can fool a man if she wants to and if he’s in love with her.
I will not be sworn but love may transform me to an oyster; but I’ll take my oath on it, till he have made an oyster of me he shall never make me such a fool.
Don Basilio was a forbidding-looking man with a bushy mustache who did not suffer fools and who subscribed to the theory that the liberal use of adverbs and adjectives was the mark of a pervert or someone with a vitamin deficiency.
Satan fools and feigns, blows and bluffs, and we so often take his threats to heart and forget the “exceeding greatness of God’s power to us.
When I make a fool out of myself or when I don’t take myself seriously, I’m in a comfortable spot where I don’t need to be reasonable. There’s no reason to be reasonable. This is what I want to do and where I have full control. I determine what I want to do.
For the greatest fool and rascal in creation there is yet a worse condition; and that is, not to know it, but to think himself a respectable man.
Diogenes carried a bowl with him for years, but one day saw a man drinking from his cupped palm and declared, ‘I have been a fool, burdened all these years by the weight of a bowl when a perfectly good vessel lay at the end of my wrist.
One fool can ask more questions in a minute than 12 wise men can answer in an hour.
Arty farty, you’ll never fool your Aunt, who knew you picked your nose and wet your pants.
I don’t look like a desert person because I stay indoors most of the day and fool around at night. That’s what the desert animals do – they don’t have a tan either.
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
He is a fool who only sees the mischiefs that are past.
A fool and his money are lucky enough to get together in the first place.
More people, especially young people, are realising that if they want change, they’ve got to go about it themselves – they can’t depend on a particular person, i.e. me, to do all the work. They are less easy to fool than they used to be, they now know what’s going on all over the world.
Avoid the politic, the factious fool,
The busy, buzzing, talking harden’d knave;
The quaint smooth rogue that sins against his reason,
Calls saucy loud sedition public zeal,
And mutiny the dictates of his spirit.
Those who think the information brought out at a criminal trial is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth are fools. Prosecuting or defending a case is nothing more than getting to those people who will talk for your side, who will say what you want said.
My mama didn’t raise any fools and she didn’t raise any heroes.
It’s not charming to go on a show and say, I dunno. It doesn’t fool anybody. There’s nothing glamorous about it at all.
I’ve been using the same ‘I Ching’ since I was teenager when it was given to me by a fellow teenager; it seems too late to change now. I don’t use it often, but when I do, it really does help. You can fool yourself, but not the ‘I Ching.’
God cannot save them from fools.
It’s very easy to fool yourself that you’re working, you know, when you’re really not working very hard. I mean, I’m very lazy. So for me, I would always have an excuse, you know, to go – quit early, go to a museum, you know. So I do everything I can to make myself remember this is a job. I keep a schedule.
[Man] progresses in all things by making a fool of himself.
Power, when invested in the hands of knaves or fools, generally is the source of tyranny.
A fool thinks it like honey so long as the bad deed does not bear fruit, but when it does bear fruit he experiences suffering.
Start with God – the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.
A fool is one whom simpletons believe to be a man on merit.
[Fr., Un fat celui que les sots croient un homme de merite.]
When a man makes up his mind to become a rascal, he should examine himself closely and see if he isn’t better constructed for a fool.
I made such a fool of myself,” she lamented. “Love does not make you a fool.” “He didn’t love me back.” “That does not make you a fool, either.” “Just tell me …” Her voice cracked. “When does it stop hurting?” “Sometimes never.
How many fools does it take to make up a public?
and our few good times will be rare because we have the critical sense and are not easy to fool with laughter
I was no fool; I was aware that when another man is too anxious to force money on one, it is time to examine the cards, for there is almost certainly something illegal, or dangerous, or both, involved in the matter.
Of what I call God, And fools call Nature.
He Who Knows And Knows That He Knows Is A Wise Man – Follow Him; He Who Knows Not And Knows Not That He Knows Not Is A Fool – Shun Him
A fool who, after plain warning, persists in dosing himself with dangerous drugs should be free to do so, for his death is a benefit to the race in general.
You ask if we shall know our friends in heaven. – Do you suppose we are greater fools there than here?
You can say any fool thing to a dog and the dog will just give you this look that says, ‘My GOSH, you’re RIGHT! I NEVER would’ve thought of that!
The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.
I was young and foolish then; now I am old and foolisher.
You fool, You have been dangling For such a long time! When will you seize the opportunity Or feel the necessity To untangle the taut knot Of your bondage-life?
There’s lots of law these days, but not much justice. Celebrities murder their wives and go free. A mother kills her children, and the news people on TV say she’s the victim and want you to send money to her lawyers. When everything’s upside down like this, what fool just sits back and thinks justice will prevail?
There’s this unspoken thing that you have to wear a tux and some kind of nice dress. There are all these ethical rules, but I’m sure if you came to the Oscars in ripped jeans and a t-shirt they wouldn’t throw you out. You would just look like a fool.
We’re always lucky,’ I said and like a fool I did not knock on wood.
A closed mouth gathers no foot.
A conclusion is simply the place where someone got tired of thinking.
A fool-proof method for sculpting an elephant: first, get a huge block of marble; then you chip away everything that doesn’t look like an elephant.
David Gries
Heraldry has been contemptuously termed ‘the science of fools with long memories.’
James Planche
More people, especially young people, are realising that if they want change, they’ve got to go about it themselves – they can’t depend on a particular person, ie me, to do all the work. They are less easy to fool than they used to be, they now know what’s going on all over the world.
Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to sell it.
Only the fool wants to go into battle to beat someone for the satisfaction of beating someone.
Wit and Humor – if any difference, it is in durationlightning and electric light. Same material, apparently; but one is vivid, and can do damage – the other fools along and enjoys elaboration.
Leo couldn’t help smiling. “That could be fun.” “Fun” she said unhappily. “Blue elephants.” “Blue elephants.” “Kiss me you fool.” “You fool.
The world is not made of countries and outsiders. We are all just humans, and most of us fools and all of us longing for more than we have, to know more than we know–and yet even that is not enough, for if we knew everything we would only be disappointed that there was not one more secret to uncover.
If there is any truth to the old proverb that “one who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client,” the Court now bestows a constitutional right on one to make a fool of himself.
Why is it that the less one has to say the more one says it in the most pompous and pedantic way possible?… Is it to fool the world or just to fool themselves?
I’m a man of a certain ageold enough to have been every kind of fool- and I find to my surprise that the only counsel I have to pass on is this: Never let your name be found in a dead man’s trousers.
Louis Bayard
A fool does not see the same trees a wise man sees.
Rick Hilles
You have heretofore found out, by my teachings, that man is a fool; you are now aware that woman is a damned fool.
Did you know that wherever you find fool’s gold, real gold exists somewhere nearby? This also goes for relationships and friendships. Real gold is found in the heart. For every piece of fake gold that you discard, remember that true gold isn’t too far.
May be we are not such fools as we look. But though we be, we are well content, so long as we may be two fools together.
It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.
There are only three people in life you can never fool–pawnbrokers, whores, and your mother. Since your mother’s dead, I’ve taken her place. Hence, I’m bullshit-proof.
Sharp and mild, dull and keen, well known and strange, dirty and clean, where both the fool and wise are seen: All this am I, have ever been, – in me dove, snake and swine convene!
The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen or word processor.
Where two principles really do meet which cannot be reconciled with one another, then each man declares the other a fool and a heretic
Better to remain silent and thought a fool, than to speak out and confirm that you didn’t do the assigned readings before the strategic planning retreat.
And that wreched creature without hands or feet, who had to be put to bed and fed like a child, that pitiable remnant of a man, whose almost vanished life was nothing more than one scream of pain, cried out in furious indignation: ‘What a fool one must be to go and kill oneself!’ ” – ‘Joy of Life
We have the power to do any damn fool thing we want to do, and we seem to do it about every ten minutes.
A fool is only troublesome, a pedant insupportable.
Fate is the malevolent little jester sitting up in the heavens and pondering over how ridiculous we humans are and he does his best to make fools out of all of us. And sooner or later he succeeds.
He that is proud of riches is a fool. For if he is exalted above his neighbors because he has more gold, how much inferior is he to a gold mine.
We’ll tell him his mother waits for him in heaven, I suppose.” “Is that a lie?” “It’s what we tell fools and children.” She sighed. “Postulating a heaven gives man an out for having been unable to retain the paradise he was given here on earth.
Every fool knows you can’t touch the stars, but it doesn’t stop a wise man from trying.
No one respects the flame quite like the fool who’s badly burned
A fool must now and then be right, by chance
You can cheat an honest man but not make a fool out of him.
I had the conviction that lovemaking fools you. The overpowering emotions it induces make you think you’re sharing the same feelings as the other person and that they’re imagining the same as you.
Do not let the Obama administration fool you with all their cunning Alinsky methods. And if you don’t know what that method is, I implore you to get the book ‘Rules for Radicals,’ by Saul Alinsky. Mr. Obama is very well trained in these methods.
You have to use your mind n the NFL. Every player is smarter. Defensive backs bluff and disguise coverages to try to fool you.
Love makes fools of us all, big and little.
It is such an uncomfortable feeling to know one is a fool.
Doing one fool thing after another is not so terrible when you consider the human proclivity to do several fool things at once.
I use the term “fool’s gold white space” to highlight a common problem for innovation. People see a market that doesn’t exist, and assume that one should exist.
The fool thinks he has won a battle when he bullies with harsh speech, but knowing how to be forbearing alone makes one victorious.
For April Fools Day, someone played a really cruel joke on me. They stole ALL my mirrors and I had to go hours without seeing myself. I mean, I couldn’t even do my daily affirmations. What kind of world is this? I tell you, it’s artists like myself that really suffer.
[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.
There is the plain fool who does the wrong thing at all times anywhere, but there is the Wall Street fool who thinks he must trade all the time.
All men are fools, if truth be told, but the ones in motley are more amusing than ones with crowns.
You’ve got to be able to look at your thoughts on paper and discover what a fool you were.
Why not make an end of it all?… My life is a succession of griefs and bitter feelings…. What is death?… A very small matter,when all is said; only a fool would be concerned about it.
When investing, I’m not against risk. If you take no risk you must expect a low return. Just don’t let anyone fool you into thinking you can get a high return with low risk.
Even if misfortune is only good for bringing a fool to his senses, it would still be just to deem it good for something.
The zombies were like Canadians, in that they looked enough like real people at first, to fool you.
New Year‘s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.
Once in a while I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but I always come back, and in my heart I love her all the time. – The Great Gatsby.
One of the old philosophers says that it is the part of wisdom to sometimes seem a fool; but in our day there are too many ready-made ones to render this a desirable policy.
I got tiger blood man. Dying’s for fools, dying’s for amateurs.
No one but a fool would measure their satisfaction by what the world thinks of it.
Love works a different way in different minds, the fool it enlightens and the wise it blinds.
You have the army of mediocrities followed by the multitude of fools. As the mediocrities and the fools always form the immense majority, it is impossible for them to elect an intelligent government.
You can always lie to others and hide your actions from them… but you can not fool yourself
People have no right to make fools of themselves, unless they have no relations to blush for them.
There are more fools than wise men, and even in a wise man there is more folly than wisdom.
As a writer one has to take the chance on being a fool.
I always knew I was an excellent liar; I just didn’t know that I had it in me to fool myself.
I don’t think I’m complicated at all. I’m not political, and I’m not trying to be diplomatic. I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings, and I don’t say bad things about people. There is no agenda. There’s no trying to fool somebody.
Fools have a great advantage over the wise; they are always self-satisfied.
The fool generalizes the particular; the nerd particularizes the general; some do both; and the wise does neither
A wrong action may not bring its reaction at once, even as fresh milk turns not sour at once: like a smouldering fire concealed under ashes it consumes the wrongdoer, the fool.
I never, ever, saw the evil Steve Jobs. He was always the most well-mannered and respectful guy I knew. And we got to be pretty good friends. He didn’t suffer fools gladly. I guess he didn’t think I was a fool.
Zeal is fit for wise men, but flourishes chiefly among fools.
The fools in this world make about as much trouble as the wicked do.
Why’d you want to sing about sad things?” Candy had asked him. “Because any fool can be happy,” he’d said to her. “It takes a man with real heart” —he’d made a fist and laid it against his chest— “to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.
As though God had turned away from the wise, and written his decrees, not in the mind of man but in the entrails of beasts, or left them to be proclaimed by the inspiration and instinct of fools, madmen, and birds. Such is the unreason to which terror can drive mankind!
I have a tendency to run after people who are completely unattainable and uninterested and make a complete fool of myself.
Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.
Scandal is the sport of its authors, the dread of fools, and the contempt of the wise.
Any fool can steer a ship, sir. Its just knowing where to take it.
Philip Martin Brown
I am surrounded by flatterers and fools. It can drive a man to madness,.. . Half of them don’t dare tell me the truth, and the other half can’t find it.
Yes, I was a fool, but I was in love, and though I was suffering the greatest misery I had ever known I would not have had it otherwise for all the riches of Barsoom. Such is love, and such are lovers wherever love is known.
Every man must wear out at least one pair of fools shoes.
Earl Derr Biggers
As a wise man once said, “April Fools Day is for amateurs. You NEVER need an excuse to mess with people’s heads.”
Fool! Nothing but black ink runs through my veins!
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
People gave ear to an upstart astrologer who strove to show that the earth revolves, not the heavens or the firmament, the sun and the moon….This fool wishes to reverse the entire science of astronomy; but sacred scripture tells us [Joshua 10:13]that Joshua commanded the sun to stand still, and not the earth.
What a fool cannot learn he laughs at, thinking that by his laughter he shows superiority instead of latent idiocy.
That love at first sight should happen to me, was Life’s most delicious revenge on a self-opinionated fool.
Charles Boyer
A cunning woman is a knavish fool.
George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton
The damnest scoundrel that ever lived, but in the infinite mercy of Providence… also the damnest fool.
Whatever poets may write, or fools believe, of rural innocence and truth, and of the perfidy of courts, this is most undoubtedly true,–that shepherds and ministers are both men; their natures and passions the same, the modes of them only different.
Suffer fools gladly; they may be right.
They must take me for a fool, or even worse, a lunatic. And no wonder ,for I am so intensely conscious of my misfortune and my misery is so overwhelming that I am powerless to resist it and am being turned into stone, devoid of all knowledge or feeling.
Your father is a fool skin deep; but you are a fool to your very marrow.
What a fool I was to come to Hollywood where they only understand platinum blondes and where legs are more important than talent.
A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
The company of fools may first make us smile, but in the end we always feel melancholy.
In idle wishes, fools supinely stay. Be there a will and wisdom finds a way.
‘Taskmaster’ taps into a universal humour of people making a fool of themselves.
Fine clothes may disguise, but silly words will disclose a fool
Men may live fools, but fools they cannot die.
I’d really like to play a character who’s inarticulate. I always play people with language. It would be good to play a mute or a fool or a saint.
Bets at first were fool-traps, where the wise like spiders lay in ambush for the flies.
‘Cause your love got the best of me, and baby you’re making a fool of me. You got me sprung and i don’t care who sees, ’cause baby you got me so crazy.
The best blood will at some time get into a fool or a mosquito.
If you focus too much on the fools, you will eventually become one.
Stephanie Adams
It is the property of fools to be always judging.
An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.
Men are fools to invest in real estate.
The fool learns by suffering.
It is in vain to ridicule a rich fool, for the laughers will be on his side.
I must learn to love the fool in me – the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries.
The man who is rich in fancy thinks that his wagon is already built; poor fool, he does not know that there are a hundred timbers to a wagon.
The wedding vows are a license to be a complete jerk, with full knowledge that the person you married has agreed, no matter how large a horse’s ass you are, to stay by your side until death. A fool could tell you this is a bad deal.
A wise man first thinks and then speaks and a fool speaks first and then thinks.
Fatigue makes fools of us all. It robs you of your skills and your judgment, and it blinds you to creative solutions. It’s the best-conditioned athlete, not the most talented, who generally wins when the going gets tough.
It’s a long climb up Fools’ Hill.
Sometimes we meet a fool with wit, never one with discretion.
The radio is in the hands of such a lot of fools tryin’ to anesthetize the way that you feel.
I’ve worn costumes all my life. I’m a theatre actress, you know. That’s what I do for a living. I dress up, I wear makeup, I make a fool of myself.
Every Christian who does not study, really study, the Bible every day is a fool.
Fortune can, for her pleasure, fools advance,
And toss them on the wheels of Chance.
The disabusing a man strongly possessed with an opinion of his own worth is the very same ill office that was done to the fool at Athens, who fancied all the ships that came into the harbor were his own.
Gail Sheehy tells us that “the delights of self-discovery are always available.” All Fools’ Day is the perfect day to engrave this wisdom in our hearts.
What I hate most in life are people who are not really the peach of the day but who want to be young and sexy. You can fool nobody. There is a moment when you have to accept that somebody else is younger and fresher and hotter. Life is not a beauty contest.
It is a way of calling a man a fool when no attention is given to what he says.
A diamond was laying in the street covered with dirt. Many fools passed by. Someone who knew diamonds picked it up.
Do you know how many ways love can hit you? So it makes you happy, or miserable? It makes you sick in the belly or hurt in the heart. It makes everything brighter and sharper, or it blurs all the edges. It makes you feel like a king or a fool. Every way love can hit you, it’s hit me when it comes to you.
Plain intellectual thinking is the peak of ignorance because all that you will know is to play with a few aspects and make others look like fools.
Anyone can be sentimental about the nativity; any fool can feel like a Christian at Christmas. But Easter is the main event; if you don’t believe in the resurrection, you’re not a believer.” “If you don’t believe in Easter,” Owen Meany said. “Don’t kid yourself—Don’t call yourself a Christian.
The mathematician who after seeing Phedre asked: ‘Qu’est que ca prouve?’ was not such a fool as he has been generally made out. No one has ever been able to explain why the Doric temple of Paestum is more beautiful than a glass of cold beer except by bringing in considerations that have nothing to do with beauty.
Search then the ruling passion; there alone, The wild are constant, and the cunning known; The fool consistent, and the false sincere; Priests, princes, women, no dissemblers here.
He uses his folly like a stalking-horse, and under the presentation of that he shoots his wit.
The cleverest character in comedy is the clown, for he who would make people take him for a fool, must not be one.
It is a damn poor mind indeed which can’t think of at least two ways to spell any word.
The fool’s crime is the crime that is found out and the wise man’s crime is the crime that is not found out.
One who cannot live in harmony with others is regarded as an ignorant fool, even if he happens to be very learned in various matters.
How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and [how] hard it is to undo that work again!
A fool puts her hand into a hollow tree without finding out what’s inside first.
It is written, better to be a fool all your days than for one hour to be evil. You are not a fool. They are the fools. For he who causes his neighbor to feel shame loses Paradise himself.
Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom.
Of the few innocent pleasures left to men past middle life, the jamming of common sense down the throats of fools is perhaps the keenest.
Fool that I am,” said he,”that I did not tear out my heart the day I resolved to revenge myself”.
Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.
You either decide to take the easy way out, which means you’re only going to disappoint yourself and everybody else, or you take the risk right now of being a fool, which is the only way you’ll end up being exhilarated later on when you actually watch the movie.
You can’t fool me. There ain’t no Sanity Clause!
Many thought it was a fool’s errand – that the browser companies were never going to listen to us. Others argued that, ‘Users don’t care if you use Web standards.’ Well, of course they don’t. They just know that your site works better.
The fool who traveled is better off than the wise man who stayed home.
It took me a long time to understand the relationship between ideas and between objective facts. But after I clearly understood this relationship, I didn’t fool around with other wild ideas. That is one of the main reasons why I just make my scheme as simple as possible.
Don’t let the American twang fool you. I still say, ‘I’m going home,’ when I come to England, and I love a good old cup of PG Tips with a Jaffa Cake.
And here, poor fool, with all my lore I stand no wiser than before.
Only fools pity survivors their scars and you should never kowtow to fools
I had to fool the world into accepting me. I didn’t seem to fit the mould of my idols.
Fear is good. In the right degree it prevents us from making fools of ourselves. But in the wrong measure it prevents us from fully living. Fear is our boon companion but never our master.
New is a word for fools in towns who think
Style upon style in dress and thought at last
Must get somewhere.
Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.
Mankind, from Adam, have been women’s fools;
Women, from Eve, have been the devil‘s tools:
Heaven might have spar’d one torment when we fell;
Not left us women, or not threatened hell.
Destiny: A tyrant‘s authority for crime and a fool’s excuse for failure.
Her nudity is her armor. It blinded the drooling fools. They couldn’t see anything else while they saw her body.
If you argue with a fool, someone passing by will not be able to tell who is the fool and who is not.
Six hours’ sleep for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool.
The books are to remind us what asses and fools we are.
It’s rather nice to think that a song such as ‘What Kind of Fool Am I?’ is a standard that will be around for many, many years.
One fool at least in every married couple.
Any fool could be a witch with a runic knife, but it took skill to be one with an apple corer.
A nation can survive its fools, even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within….for the traitor appears not to be a traitor…he rots the soul of a nation…he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.
Hoaxes are nothing new. News media isn’t hard to fool. It’s fun to fool and people like to mess with people. It all goes to show you that we’re not all that hard to fool. I think we should just accept that and trust people anyway.
…and like a fool who will never see the truth
I keep thinking something’s gonna change
There’s a danger in loving somebody too much
And it’s sad when you know it’s your heart they can’t touch
There’s a reason why people don’t stay who they are
Baby sometimes love‘s just ain’t enough
Love is divine only and difficult always. If you think it is easy you are a fool. If you think it is natural you are blind. It is a learned application without reason or motive except that it is God.
You bloody silly fool!
If happiness in self-content is placed, The wise are wretched, and fools only blessed.
There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hopes soon to be swept away. The British people can face peril or misfortune with fortitude and buoyancy, but they bitterly resent being deceived or finding that those responsible for their affairs are themselves dwelling in a fool’s paradise.
You can settle for reality, or you can go off, like a fool, and dream another dream.
Consider that we shouldn’t call our brother a fool, since we don’t know ourselves what we are.
I wouldn’t know how to fool a man any more. My deceiving days seem so long ago.
The fool who loves giving advice on our garden never tends his own plants
A fool who has a flash of wit creates astonishment and scandal, like hack-horses setting out to gallop.
Some of the best people i know are fools’, Evanelle said. ‘The strongest people I know.
A good businessman never makes a contract unless he’s sure he can carry it through, yet every fool on earth is perfectly willing to sign a marriage contract without considering whether he can live up to it or not.
Self-pity comes so naturally to all of us. The most solid happiness can be shaken by the compassion of a fool.
It`s human nature to be optimistic. Any fool can enter a market, it takes talent to exit consistently and profitably.
Nothing is fool-proof to a sufficiently talented fool.
Ah, fool! faint heart fair lady ne’er could win.
If I could eat only one thing for the rest of my life, it would be rhubarb fool, which I make with ginger and a hint of elderflower cordial.
A fool is wise in his eyes.
I am a fool. That is well known.
Fools are very often united in the strictest intimacies, as the lighter kinds of woods are the most closely glued together.
She was a fool and he knew it and because he loved her it had made no difference.
Just as words have two functions – information and creation – so each human mind has two personalities, one on the surface, one deeper down. The upper personality… is conscious and alert… The lower personality is a… perfect fool, but without it there is no literature.
Find out what the next thing is that you can push, that you can invent, that you can be ignorant about, that you can be arrogant about, that you can fail with, and that you can be a fool with. Because in the end, that’s how you grow.