Quotes About Foolishness

Quotes tagged as "foolishness" (showing 1-30 of 187)
“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”

“Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.”
Euripides, The Bacchae

Elbert Hubbard
“Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.”
Elbert Hubbard, The Roycroft Dictionary Concocted by Ali Baba and the Bunch on Rainy Days

Hermann Hesse
“Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else ... Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.”
Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

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

J.R.R. Tolkien
“He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Baltasar Gracián
“A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.”
Baltasar Gracián, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Jane Austen
“Mary wished to say something very sensible, but knew not how.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Henry David Thoreau
“Any fool can make a rule
And any fool will mind it.”
Henry David Thoreau, Journal #14

Robert Jordan
“In wars, boy, fools kill other fools for foolish causes”
Robert Jordan, To the Blight

Laurell K. Hamilton
“If you fear nothing, then you are not brave. You are merely too foolish to be afraid.”
Laurell K. Hamilton, Skin Trade

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


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

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

George W. Bush
“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.”
George W. Bush

Criss Jami
“I imagine that the intelligent people are the ones so intelligent that they don't even need or want to look 'intelligent' anymore.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Kurt Vonnegut
“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.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus

Jeffery Deaver
“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.”
Jeffery Deaver, The Bodies Left Behind

Mike  Norton
“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.”
Mike Norton, Just Another War Story

Michael Bassey Johnson
“The stupidity of gossips is that they become frightened when they see your face, and a little word from your mouth makes them vibrate like an electrocuted criminal.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Paul David Tripp
“Foolishness is more than being stupid, that deadly combination of arrogance and ignorance.”
Paul David Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change

Stephen Fry
“Compromise is a stalling between two fools.”
Stephen Fry

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

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

Sacha Guitry
“Our wisdom comes from our experience,
and our experience comes from our foolishness.”
Sacha Guitry

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

Jane Austen
“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.”
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Alexandre Dumas
“If it is ones lot to be cast among fools, one must learn foolishness.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

H. Rider Haggard
“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, She

William Shakespeare
“Shall we their fond pageant see?
Lord, what fools these mortals be!”
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

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