Quotations on Fool

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The trouble with this country is that there are too many politicians who believe, with a conviction based on experience, that you can fool all of the people all of the time.
- Franklin P. Adams
(Keywords: Time, Experience, People, Conviction, Country, Fool, Politicians, Trouble)

Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Change, Men, Nature, Climate, Common sense, Fool, Man, May)

True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.
- Akhenaton
(Keywords: Wisdom, Folly, Fool, Ignorance, Man, Mind)

It's impossible to work under conditions where they confused negativity with objectivity. You can't fool the fans.
- Marv Albert
(Keywords: Work, Fans, Fool, Negativity)

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
- Sholom Aleichem
(Keywords: Life, Dream, Comedy, Fool, Poor, Tragedy)

Television is a powerful medium that has to be used for something better than sitcoms and police shows. On the other hand, if you don't recognize the forces that play on what people watch and what they don't then you're a fool and you should be in a different business.
- Roone Arledge
(Keywords: Business, People, Fool, Play, Police, Television)

To the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution.
- Marcus Aurelius
(Keywords: Life, Fool, Solution)

People have discovered that they can fool the devil; but they can't fool the neighbors.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: People, Devil, Fool, Neighbors)

There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Happiness, Difference, Fool, Man)

You can't fool television viewers with dancing girls and flashing lights.
- Bob Barker
(Keywords: Dancing, Fool, Girls, Television)

I guess what bothers me so much about what I now see going on in both Washington and in Texas is an effort to keep people from finding out about the mistakes of lawmakers and then when they're uncovered, an effort to fool people and pretend there was nothing wrong.
- Chris Bell
(Keywords: People, Effort, Fool, Mistakes, Nothing, Now, Washington, Wrong)

I think that people need to have the courage of their convictions and not be trying to fool people into thinking that they've changed overnight.
- Chris Bell
(Keywords: People, Courage, Fool, Thinking, Trying)

A fool and his money get a lot of publicity.
- Al Bernstein
(Keywords: Money, Fool, Publicity)

Vote: the instrument and symbol of a freeman's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: Power, Country, Fool, Symbol)

When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.
- Otto von Bismarck
(Keywords: Truth, Fool, Want, World)

We can't fool ourselves that they will ever be enough to overthrow Capitalism. If we're serious about that we need to organise ourselves in our workplaces and communities, making the links with other workers internationally.
- John Blair
(Keywords: Capitalism, Fool, Will, Workers)

The fool who persists in his folly will become wise.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Folly, Fool, Will)

You can't control how you are perceived, and you are a fool if you waste any energy trying to do so. Vanity will get you nowhere.
- Dave Blood
(Keywords: Control, Energy, Fool, Trying, Vanity, Waste, Will)

I guess if you're stupid enough to join the army without thinking about getting shot at, then you really are a fool.
- James Blunt
(Keywords: Army, Fool, Thinking)

You see, Africa makes a fool of our idea of justice. It makes a farce of our idea of equality. It mocks our pieties. It doubts our concern. It questions our commitment. Because there is no way we can look at what's happening in Africa, and if we're honest, conclude that it would ever be allowed to happen anywhere else.
- Bono
(Keywords: Equality, Idea, Commitment, Concern, Fool, Justice, Questions)

In Britain, because I live here, I can also run into problems of envy and competition. But all this is just in a day's work for a writer. You can't put stuff out there without someone calling you a complete fool. Oh, well.
- Alain de Botton
(Keywords: Work, Competition, Day, Envy, Fool, Problems, Writer)

The bitterest creature under heaven is the wife who discovers that her husband's bravery is only bravado, that his strength is only a uniform, that his power is but a gun in the hands of a fool.
- Pearl S. Buck
(Keywords: Power, Wife, Husband, Strength, Bravery, Fool, Heaven)

You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on.
- George W. Bush
(Keywords: Time, People, Fool, Want)

Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.
- Samuel Butler
(Keywords: Truth, Lie, Fool, Man, Sense)

If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom.
- George Byron
(Keywords: Wisdom, Certainty, Envy, Fool, Self)

I was always too mature for my age - and not very happy. I had no young friends. I wish I could go back to those days. If I could only live it all again, how I would play and enjoy other girls. What a fool I was.
- Maria Callas
(Keywords: Age, Fool, Friends, Girls, Play)

Sometimes in politics one must duel with skunks, but no one should be fool enough to allow skunks to choose the weapons.
- Joseph Cannon
(Keywords: Politics, Fool, Weapons)

We avenge intellect when we dupe a fool, and it is a victory not to be despised for a fool is covered with steel and it is often very hard to find his vulnerable part.
- Giacomo Casanova
(Keywords: Victory, Fool, Intellect)

In fact, to gull a fool seems to me an exploit worthy of a witty man.
- Giacomo Casanova
(Keywords: Fact, Fool, Man, Witty)

Indeed, I was so afraid to dishonour my friends and family by my indiscreet actions, that I rather chose to be accounted a fool, than to be thought rude or wanton.
- Margaret Cavendish
(Keywords: Family, Thought, Actions, Fool, Friends)

Any woman can fool a man if she wants to and if he's in love with her.
- Agatha Christie
(Keywords: Love, Fool, Man, Woman)

The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself.
- John Ciardi
(Keywords: American, Constitution, Fool, Right)

Any man is liable to err, only a fool persists in error.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Error, Fool, Man)

It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Quality, Faults, Fool, Forget)

The wise are wise only because they love. The fool are fools only because they think they can understand love.
- Paulo Coelho
(Keywords: Love, Fool, Fools)

There is this difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so; but he that thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Happiness, Difference, Fool, Man)

To find a young fellow that is neither a wit in his own eye, nor a fool in the eye of the world, is a very hard task.
- William Congreve
(Keywords: Eye, Fool, Wit, World)

So far as hypotheses are concerned, let no one expect anything certain from astronomy, which cannot furnish it, lest he accept as the truth ideas conceived for another purpose, and depart from this study a greater fool than when he entered it.
- Nicolaus Copernicus
(Keywords: Truth, Ideas, Purpose, Astronomy, Fool, Study)

A fool must now and then be right, by chance.
- William Cowper
(Keywords: Chance, Fool, Now, Right)

Any fool knows that bravado is always a cover-up for insecurity. That's the truth. And on that note, I'll say goodnight. God love you.
- Bobby Darin
(Keywords: Love, God, Truth, Fool, Insecurity)

A fool is a man who never tried an experiment in his life.
- Erasmus Darwin
(Keywords: Life, Fool, Man)

It's fool's gold if you are winning games and are not playing the right way.
- Antonio Davis
(Keywords: Winning, Fool, Games, Gold, Right)

It takes a fool to test how deep the water is with both feet.
- J. Wallace Day
(Keywords: Deep, Feet, Fool, Water)

This age thinks better of a gilded fool Than of a threadbare saint in wisdom's school.
- Thomas Dekker
(Keywords: Age, Wisdom, Fool, School)

I really love pets. They're like children. They know if you really love them or not. You can't fool them.
- Donna Douglas
(Keywords: Love, Children, Fool, Pets)

It takes a wise man to handle a lie, a fool had better remain honest.
- Norman Douglas
(Keywords: Lie, Fool, Man)

It may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.
- Will Durant
(Keywords: Time, People, Country, Fool, May)

That's what a man wants in a wife, mostly; he wants to make sure one fool tells him he's wise.
- George Eliot
(Keywords: Wife, Fool, Man)

When someone demands blind obedience, you'd be a fool not to peek.
- Jim Fiebig
(Keywords: Blind, Fool, Obedience)

A rich man without charity is a rogue; and perhaps it would be no difficult matter to prove that he is also a fool.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Charity, Fool, Man)



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