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

Fools need advice most, but wise men only are the better for it.
      - Benjamin Franklin

The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools that have not wit enough to be honest.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Fools, to talking ever prose
  Are sure to make their follies known.
      - John Gay

Of all thieves, fools are the worst; they rob you of time and temper.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Were I to be angry at men being fools, I could here find ample room for declamation; but, alas! I have been a fool myself; and why should I be angry with them for being something so natural to every child of humanity?
      - Oliver Goldsmith

The greatest fool is he who thinks he is not one and all others are.
      - Baltasar Gracian (used pseudonym Lorenzo Gracian)

What matter though the scorn of fools be given
  If the path follow'd lead us on to heaven!
      - Mrs. Sarah Josepha (Buell) Hale

People have no right to make fools of themselves, unless they have no relations to blush for them.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

Surely he is not a fool that hath unwise thoughts, but he that utters them.
      - Joseph Hall

I have met, in my time, many an old fool; but this one tops them all.
      - Hannibal,
        said after the end of the Second Punic War

None but a fool is always right.
      - Augustus William Hare

He must be a thorough fool who can learn nothing from his own folly.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare

I am always afraid of a fool. One cannot be sure that he is not a knave as well.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Always win fools first. They talk much, and what they have once uttered they will stick to; whereas there is always time, up to the last moment, to bring before a wise man arguments that may entirely change his opinion.
      - Sir Arthur Helps

None is a fool always, everyone sometimes.
      - George Herbert

After the event, even a fool is wise.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")

Even the fool is wise after the event.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")

If the fools do not control the world, it isn't because they are not in the majority.
      - Edgar Watson Howe

The instruction of the foolish is a waste of knowledge; soap cannot wash charcoal white.
      - Kabir

A fool cannot look, nor stand, nor walk like a man of sense.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

As riches and favor forsake a man, we discover him to be a fool, but nobody could find it out in his prosperity.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

The compliments of the season to my worthy masters, and a merry first of April to us all. We have all a speck of the motley.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

A man of wit would often be much embarrassed without the company of fools.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Fortune makes folly her peculiar care.-Churchill. Old fools are more foolish than young ones.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld


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