Foolish Quotes

Quotes tagged as "foolish" (showing 1-30 of 211)
Stephen Fry
“The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriousity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is.”
Stephen Fry, The Fry Chronicles

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

Tad Williams
“He who is certain he knows the ending of things when he is only beginning them is either extremely wise or extremely foolish; no matter which is true, he is certainly an unhappy man, for he has put a knife in the heart of wonder.”
Tad Williams, The Dragonbone Chair

Bertrand Russell
“The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widely spread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.”
Bertrand Russell, Marriage and Morals

Criss Jami
“In order to share one's true brilliance one initially has to risk looking like a fool: genius is like a wheel that spins so fast, it at first glance appears to be sitting still.”
Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

Baruch Spinoza
“Those who wish to seek out the cause of miracles and to understand the things of nature as philosophers, and not to stare at them in astonishment like fools, are soon considered heretical and impious, and proclaimed as such by those whom the mob adores as the interpreters of nature and the gods. For these men know that, once ignorance is put aside, that wonderment would be taken away, which is the only means by which their authority is preserved.”
Baruch Spinoza, Ethics

W. Somerset Maugham
“Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.”
W. Somerset Maugham

W. Somerset Maugham
“If 50 million people say something foolish, it is still foolish.”
W. Somerset Maugham

John Brunner
“There are two kinds of fools. One says, "This is old, and therefore good." And one says, " This is new, and therefore better.”
John Brunner, The Shockwave Rider

Leigh Bardugo
“I thought the love I'd had for him belonged to the past, to the foolish, lonely girl I never wanted to be again. I'd tried to bury that girl and the love she'd felt, just as I'd tried to bury my power. But I wouldn't make that mistake again.”
Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone

Bob Marley
“We don't have education, we have inspiration; if I was educated I would be a damn fool.”
Bob Marley, Bob Marley - Legend

Kristin Cashore
“Maybe it was for the best that she'd been so foolish, for if she'd known how hard this would be, perhaps she wouldn't have done it.”
Kristin Cashore, Graceling

Judith McNaught
“We all do foolish things when we are in love. Don't we, your grace?”
Judith McNaught, Whitney, My Love

Terry Pratchett
“You had to deal every day with people who were foolish and lazy and untruthful and downright unpleasant, and you could certainly end up thinking that the world would be considerably improved if you gave them a slap.”
Terry Pratchett, Wintersmith

“And whenever any one informs us that he has found a man who knows all the arts, and all things else that anybody knows, and every single thing with a higher degree of accuracy than any other man –whoever tells us this, I think that we can only imagine him to be a simple creature who is likely to have been deceived by some wizard or actor whom he met, and whom he thought all-knowing, because he himself was unable to analyze the nature of knowledge and ignorance and imitation.”
Plato, The Republic

Anatole France
“If 50 million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.”
Anatole France

Dee Remy
“You may say suicide is a loss of control and cowardly. Foolish as it may sound, I am prepared to argue.”
Dee Remy, There Once Was A Boy

Anton Chekhov
“He is an emancipated thinker who is not afraid to write foolish things.”
Anton Chekhov, Letters Of Anton Chekhov

Criss Jami
“If it's true what is said, that only the wise discover the wise, then it must also be true that the lone wolf symbolizes either the biggest fool on the planet or the biggest Einstein on the planet.”
Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

Jacques Rancière
“Whoever teaches without emancipating stultifies.”
Jacques Rancière

Kristin Cashore
“Your brothers are the foolish ones for not seeing the strength in beautiful things.”
Kristin Cashore, Graceling

Charles Proteus Steinmetz
“There are no foolish questions and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions.”
Charles Proteus Steinmetz

William Shatner
“If you make a fool of yourself, you can do it with dignity, without taking your pants down. And if you do take your pants down, you can still do it with dignity.”
William Shatner

Erica Bauermeister
“I've been wondering," Isabelle commented reflectively over dessert, "if it is foolish to make new memories when you know you are going to lose them.”
Erica Bauermeister, The School of Essential Ingredients

Santosh Kalwar
“I don’t care if people say that I am staying hungry and foolish.”
Santosh Kalwar

Kelli Jae Baeli
“That's like leaping off a precipice and trying to knit yourself a parachute on the way down.”
Kelli Jae Baeli, Also Known as Armchair Detective

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“And, beginning to grind his teeth again, Pyotr Petrovich admitted that he'd been a fool--but only to himself, of course.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

Criss Jami
“When enemies, the intellect and the heart only see one another as the hater and the fool.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Ana Monnar
“if you are foolish, foolish is going to stay out.”
Ana Monnar

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