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FOOLS
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[ Also see Blockhead Bores Coxcomb Dullness Folly Ignorance Mediocrity ]

A prosperous fool is a grievous burden.
      - Aeschylus

The multitude of fools is a protection to the wise.
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)

It would be easier to endow a fool with intellect than to persuade him that he had none.
      - Jacques Babinet

Fools gain greater advantages through their weakness than intelligent men through their strength. We watch a great man struggling against fate and we do not lift a finger to help him. But we patronize a grocer who is headed for bankruptcy.
      - Honore de Balzac

It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. X, v. 23)

Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XVII, v. 12)

Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVII, v. 22)

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
      - William Blake

If a fool would persist in his folly, he would become wise.
      - William Blake

All men are fools, and with every effort they differ only in the degree.
      - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

What shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue!
      - Edmund Burke

Twenty-seven millions, mostly fools.
      - Thomas Carlyle

The fool inherits, but the wise must get.
      - William Cartwright

To succeed in the world, it is much more necessary to possess the penetration to discover who is a fool than to discover who is a clever man.
      - Cato (Marcus Porcius Cato "The Elder") (a/k/a Cato the Censor)

A fool who has a flash of wit creates astonishment and scandal, like hack-horses setting out to gallop.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

For not only is Fortune herself blind, but she generally causes those men to be blind whose interests she has more particularly embraced. Therefore they are often haughty and arrogant; nor is there anything more intolerable than a prosperous fool. And hence we often see that men who were at one time affable and agreeable are completely changed by prosperity, despising their old friends, and clinging to new.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

A rogue is a roundabout fool.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A fool is often as dangerous to deal with as a knave, and always more incorrigible.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

A harmless hilarity and a buoyant cheerfulness are not infrequent concomitants of genius; and we are never more deceived than when we mistake gravity for greatness, solemnity for science, and pomposity for erudition.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The wise man has his follies no less than the fool; but it has been said that herein lies the difference,--the follies of the fool are known to the world, but are hidden from himself; the follies of the wise are known to himself, but hidden from the world.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

A fool may now and then be right by chance.
      - William Cowper

A fool with judges, amongst fools a judge.
      - William Cowper

Ever since Adam fools have been in the majority.
      - Jean Francois Casimir Delavigne

The fool wonders, the wise man asks.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.
      - Euripides


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