Quotations on Fools

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A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
- Douglas Adams
(Keywords: Design, Mistake, People, Fools, Trying)

New Year's Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.
- James Agate
(Keywords: Time, Fools, New year)

Three things have been difficult to tame: the oceans, fools and women. We may soon be able to tame the oceans; fools and women will take a little longer.
- Spiro T. Agnew
(Keywords: Women, Fools, May, Oceans, Will)

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.
- William Alexander
(Keywords: Experience, Knowledge, Fools, Schools)

Politics will sooner or later make fools of everybody.
- Dick Armey
(Keywords: Politics, Fools, Will)

It works both ways: there are victims of tragedy who come to me who have experienced grief of such magnitude that they cannot reconcile. Likewise, I cannot change the mentality of those who committed the crimes or the fools who followed them.
- Paddy Ashdown
(Keywords: Change, Fools, Grief, Tragedy, Victims)

Silence is the virtue of fools.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Virtue, Fools, Silence)

Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men.
- Douglas Bader
(Keywords: Men, Fools, Guidance, Obedience, Rules)

For passion, be it observed, brings insight with it; it can give a sort of intelligence to simpletons, fools, and idiots, especially during youth.
- Honore De Balzac
(Keywords: Intelligence, Fools, Idiots, Passion, Youth)

Bad experience is a school that only fools keep going to.
- Ezra Taft Benson
(Keywords: Experience, Fools, School)

History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: History, Events, Fools, Soldiers)

People who don't see their nature and imagine they can practice thoughtlessness all the time are lairs and fools.
- Bodhidharma
(Keywords: Nature, Time, People, Fools, Practice)

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.
- Ralph Bunche
(Keywords: Country, Fight, Fools, Idiots, Race, World)

I have felt in my very blood, ever since I was born, a most unconquerable hatred towards the whole tribe of fools, and it arises from the fact that I feel myself a blockhead whenever I am in their company.
- Giacomo Casanova
(Keywords: Blood, Company, Fact, Fools, Hatred)

I have met with some of them - very honest fellows, who, with all their stupidity, had a kind of intelligence and an upright good sense, which cannot be the characteristics of fools.
- Giacomo Casanova
(Keywords: Intelligence, Fools, Sense, Stupidity)

You will be amused when you see that I have more than once deceived without the slightest qualm of conscience, both knaves and fools.
- Giacomo Casanova
(Keywords: Conscience, Fools, Will)

Young men think old men are fools; but old men know young men are fools.
- George Chapman
(Keywords: Men, Fools, Old)

With the hugely talented women I've worked with or observed, it's not a question about temperament or ego; it's a question about getting it right. If they've got a reputation for being difficult it's usually because they just don't suffer fools.
- Glenn Close
(Keywords: Women, Being, Ego, Fools, Question, Reputation, Right, Temperament)

I have always maintained that the one important phenomenon presented by modern society is - the enormous prosperity of Fools.
- Wilkie Collins
(Keywords: Society, Fools, Prosperity)

I am two fools, I know, for loving, and for saying so in whining poetry.
- John Donne
(Keywords: Poetry, Fools, Saying)

Genius goes around the world in its youth incessantly apologizing for having large feet. What wonder that later in life it should be inclined to raise those feet too swiftly to fools and bores.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Keywords: Life, Genius, Feet, Fools, Wonder, World, Youth)

Tomorrow is the day when idlers work, and fools reform, and mortal men lay hold on heaven.
- Aulus Persius Flaccus
(Keywords: Men, Work, Day, Fools, Heaven, Reform, Tomorrow)

It is my fate and perhaps my temperament to sign agreements with fools.
- E. M. Forster
(Keywords: Fate, Fools, Temperament)

Experience is a dear teacher, but fools will learn at no other.
- Benjamin Franklin
(Keywords: Experience, Fools, Will)

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.
- Benjamin Franklin
(Keywords: Experience, Fools, School, Will)

Change of weather is the discourse of fools.
- Thomas Fuller
(Keywords: Change, Fools, Weather)

Fools may our scorn, not envy, raise. For envy is a kind of praise.
- John Gay
(Keywords: Envy, Fools, May, Praise)

The company of fools may first make us smile, but in the end we always feel melancholy.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Company, End, First, Fools, May, Melancholy, Smile)

Independence is all very well, but we animals never allow our friends to make fools of themselves beyond a certain limit; and that limit you've reached.
- Kenneth Grahame
(Keywords: Animals, Fools, Friends, Independence)

My new movie, Fools Rush In, is a romantic comedy and the girl I play in that is very warm, very sweet.
- Salma Hayek
(Keywords: Comedy, Fools, Play, Romantic)

There are more fools in the world than there are people.
- Heinrich Heine
(Keywords: People, Fools, World)

To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.
- Claud-Adrian Helvetius
(Keywords: Books, Fools, Insult, Nation, Press, Reading)

An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.
- Ernest Hemingway
(Keywords: Time, Fools, Man)

Words are the counters of wise men, and the money of fools.
- Thomas Hobbes
(Keywords: Money, Men, Fools, Words)

Words are the money of fools.
- Thomas Hobbes
(Keywords: Money, Fools, Words)

Words are wise men's counters, they do but reckon with them, but they are the money of fools.
- Thomas Hobbes
(Keywords: Money, Men, Fools, Words)

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people are full of doubts.
- James P. Hogan
(Keywords: People, Fanatics, Fools, World)

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
- Horace
(Keywords: Life, Fools, Right)

The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar... Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen.
- Aldous Huxley
(Keywords: Appearance, First, Fools, Majority)

I am content with nothing, restless and ambitious... and I despise myself for the vanity, which formed half the stimulus to my exertions. Oh would that I were one of those plodding wise fools who having once set their hand to the plough go on nothing doubting.
- Thomas Huxley
(Keywords: Content, Fools, Nothing, Vanity)

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool. Writers, alas, have to be fools in public, while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong
(Keywords: Wisdom, Being, Fool, Fools, Public, Race, Rest, Writers)

Fortune, that favors fools.
- Ben Jonson
(Keywords: Favors, Fools, Fortune)

There was no doubt that there was a vast organization which was making fools of all the liberals in Hollywood and taking their money, that there was a police state among the Left element in Hollywood and Broadway.
- Elia Kazan
(Keywords: Money, Doubt, Fools, Hollywood, Liberals, Police, State)

Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever.
- Charles Lamb
(Keywords: April, Fools, World)

The world is not fair, and often fools, cowards, liars and the selfish hide in high places.
- Bryant H. McGill
(Keywords: Cowards, Fools, World)

I hate the noise and hurry inseparable from great Estates and Titles, and look upon both as blessings that ought only to be given to fools, for 'Tis only to them that they are blessings.
- Mary Wortley Montagu
(Keywords: Blessings, Fools, Hate, Titles)

God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.
- John Muir
(Keywords: God, Disease, Fools, Trees)

Nations have come under the control of haters and fools.
- Carroll O'Connor
(Keywords: Control, Fools, Nations)

Whenever, at a party, I have been in the mood to study fools, I have always looked for a great beauty: they always gather round her like flies around a fruit stall.
- Jean Paul
(Keywords: Flies, Fools, Party, Study)

Saw a wedding in the church. It was strange to see what delight we married people have to see these poor fools decoyed into our condition.
- Samuel Pepys
(Keywords: Wedding, People, Church, Delight, Fools, Poor)



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