Quotations on Fool

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Commend a fool for his wit, or a rogue for his honesty and he will receive you into his favor.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Honesty, Fool, Will, Wit)

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no point in being a damn fool about it.
- W. C. Fields
(Keywords: Being, First, Fool, Succeed)

Everyone calls himself a friend, but only a fool relies on it; nothing is commoner than the name, nothing rarer than the thing.
- Jean de La Fontaine
(Keywords: Friend, Fool, Name, Nothing)

A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes.
- Robert Frost
(Keywords: Mother, Fool, Man, Woman, Years)

We have the power to do any damn fool thing we want to do, and we seem to do it about every 10 minutes.
- J. William Fulbright
(Keywords: Power, Fool, Want)

We have the power to do any damn fool thing we want to do, and we seem to do it about every ten minutes.
- James W. Fulbright
(Keywords: Power, Fool, Want)

Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.
- Thomas Fuller
(Keywords: Travel, Fool, Man)

I am trying to do two things: dare to be a radical and not a fool, which is a matter of no small difficulty.
- James A. Garfield
(Keywords: Difficulty, Fool, Radical, Trying)

I think any man in business would be foolish to fool around with his secretary. If it's somebody else's secretary, fine.
- Barry Goldwater
(Keywords: Business, Fool, Man)

A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
- Baltasar Gracian
(Keywords: Enemies, Fool, Friends, Man)

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
(Keywords: Imagination, Fool, World)

The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one's self a fool; the truest heroism is to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when it be obeyed.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
(Keywords: Wisdom, Being, Doubt, Fool, Heroism, May, Self)

Chavez made a compete fool of himself in front of the entire world while giving the U.N. a black eye. But the real losers are the Venezuelan people who have to put up with this unstable character every day.
- J. D. Hayworth
(Keywords: People, Character, Day, Eye, Fool, Giving, World)

It is not fit that every man should travel; it makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.
- William Hazlitt
(Keywords: Travel, Fool, Man)

The dupe of friendship, and the fool of love; have I not reason to hate and to despise myself? Indeed I do; and chiefly for not having hated and despised the world enough.
- William Hazlitt
(Keywords: Friendship, Love, Fool, Hate, Reason, World)

Anyone who has passed though the regular gradations of a classical education, and is not made a fool by it, may consider himself as having had a very narrow escape.
- William Hazlitt
(Keywords: Education, Fool, May)

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.
- Cynthia Heimel
(Keywords: Acting, Being, Doubt, Earth, Fool, Hell)

Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
- Heinrich Heine
(Keywords: Eloquence, Fool, Man, May, Talk, Talking)

The reality is, it will be a significant conflict going for many, many months, if not longer. Saddam Hussein is not a fool. He hasn't been sitting there waiting to get shot for 13 years.
- John Hewson
(Keywords: Conflict, Fool, Months, Reality, Waiting, Will, Years)

That wasn't a bad price for a first book. My agent upped it as much as possible. I was 27 and had nothing behind me. I was working like a fool to earn a living and pay for my apartment.
- Patricia Highsmith
(Keywords: First, Fool, Living, Nothing)

Fortune makes a fool of those she favors too much.
- Horace
(Keywords: Favors, Fool, Fortune)

Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.
- Elbert Hubbard
(Keywords: Wisdom, Day, Fool, Man)

I just love making a fool out of myself. I made my living as a clown at kids' parties for about three years.
- Hugh Jackman
(Keywords: Love, Fool, Kids, Living, Years)

I wonder whether if I had an education I should have been more or less a fool that I am.
- Alice James
(Keywords: Education, Fool, Wonder)

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
- Samuel Johnson
(Keywords: Thought, Doubt, Fool, Open)

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)

Nothing gives us courage more readily than the desire to avoid looking like a damn fool.
- Dean Koontz
(Keywords: Courage, Desire, Fool, Nothing)

The biggest fool in the world is he who merely does his work supremely well, without attending to appearance.
- Michael Korda
(Keywords: Work, Appearance, Fool, World)

Look, don't congratulate us when we buy a company, congratulate us when we sell it. Because any fool can overpay and buy a company, as long as money will last to buy it.
- Henry Kravis
(Keywords: Money, Company, Fool, Will)

A wise man fights to win, but he is twice a fool who has no plan for possible defeat.
- Louis L'Amour
(Keywords: Defeat, Fool, Man)

Showing off is the fool's idea of glory.
- Bruce Lee
(Keywords: Idea, Fool, Glory)

You can fool all the people all the time if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough.
- Joseph E. Levine
(Keywords: Time, People, Advertising, Fool, Right)

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
- Abraham Lincoln
(Keywords: Thought, Doubt, Fool, Open)

The best servants of the people, like the best valets, must whisper unpleasant truths in the master's ear. It is the court fool, not the foolish courtier, whom the king can least afford to lose.
- Walter Lippmann
(Keywords: People, Court, Fool, Whisper)

Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.
- Thomas B. Macaulay
(Keywords: People, Habit, Fool, Freedom, Maxim, Old, Politicians, Self, Water)

It has been said that there is no fool like an old fool, except a young fool. But the young fool has first to grow up to be an old fool to realize what a damn fool he was when he was a young fool.
- Harold MacMillan
(Keywords: First, Fool, Old)

My music will go on forever. Maybe it's a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever.
- Bob Marley
(Keywords: Music, Facts, Fool, Will)

You give me nothing during your life, but you promise to provide for me at your death. If you are not a fool, you know what I wish for!
- Marcus Valerius Martial
(Keywords: Death, Life, Fool, Nothing, Promise)

Self-pity comes so naturally to all of us. The most solid happiness can be shaken by the compassion of a fool.
- Andre Maurois
(Keywords: Happiness, Compassion, Fool, Self)

People are what you make them. A scornful look turns into a complete fool a man of average intelligence. A contemptuous indifference turns into an enemy a woman who, well treated, might have been an angel.
- Andre Maurois
(Keywords: Intelligence, People, Enemy, Fool, Indifference, Man, Woman)

War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality.
- John McCain
(Keywords: War, Fool, Fraud, Reality)

When blithe to argument I come, Though armed with facts, and merry, May Providence protect me from The fool as adversary, Whose mind to him a kingdom is Where reason lacks dominion, Who calls conviction prejudice And prejudice opinion.
- Phyllis McGinley
(Keywords: Argument, Conviction, Facts, Fool, May, Mind, Opinion, Prejudice, Providence, Reason)

Fighting is like champagne. It goes to the heads of cowards as quickly as of heroes. Any fool can be brave on a battlefield when it's be brave or else be killed.
- Margaret Mitchell
(Keywords: Cowards, Fighting, Fool, Heroes)

Author: A fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him, insists on tormenting generations to come.
- Baron de Montesquieu
(Keywords: Content, Fool, Generations)

An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.
- Charles de Montesquieu
(Keywords: Content, Fool, Future, Generations)

Anyone who works is a fool. I don't work - I merely inflict myself upon the public.
- Robert Morley
(Keywords: Work, Fool, Public)

One disadvantage of being a hog is that at any moment some blundering fool may try to make a silk purse out of your wife's ear.
- J. B. Morton
(Keywords: Wife, Being, Fool, May)

The best blood will at some time get into a fool or a mosquito.
- Benito Mussolini
(Keywords: Time, Blood, Fool, Will)

A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward.
- George Jean Nathan
(Keywords: Life, Fool, Labor, Man, Reward)

When I left school I went on trip around the world - I only got as far as Australia, but like a bloody fool I cut it short because of a girl. It's probably one of my big regrets in life.
- Ben Nicholson
(Keywords: Life, Fool, School, World)



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