Foolishness Quotes

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“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”

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

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

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

“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 Gracian, 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

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

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

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


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

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

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 Jr.
“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

Ruta Sepetys
“How foolish to believe we are more powerful than the sea or the sky.”
Ruta Sepetys, Salt to the Sea

Bertrand Russell
“Love is wise; hatred is foolish. In this world, which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don't like. We can only live together in that way. But if we are to live together, and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance, which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet.”
Bertrand Russell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: A History of Adventure

François de La Rochefoucauld
“Passion often makes fools of the wisest men and gives the silliest wisdom.”
Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld, Reflections or Sentences and Moral Maxims

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