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FOOLS
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Fools learn nothing from wise men, but wise men learn much from fools.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

If the advice of a fool for once happens to be good, it requires a wise man to carry it out.
      - Ephraim Gotthold Lessing

It needs brains to be a real fool.
      - George MacDonald

A fellow who is always declaring he's no fool, usually has his suspicions.
      - Wilson Mizner

A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant fool.
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

People are never so near playing the fool as when they think themselves wise.
      - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

If a traveler does not meet with one who is his better or his equal, let him firmly keep to his solitary journey; there is no companionship with a fool.
      - (Friedrich) Max Muller

Make it foolproof, and someone will make a better fool.
      - Old Saying

Wise men make proverbs, but fools repeat them.
      - Samuel Palmer (2)

Men are so completely fools by necessity that he is but a fool in a higher strain of folly who does not confess his foolishness.
      - Blaise Pascal

Men are so necessarily fools that it would be being a fool in a higher strain of folly, not to be a fool.
      - Blaise Pascal

Levity of behavior, always a weakness, is far more unbecoming in a woman than a man.
      - William Penn

Fools admire, but men of sense approve.
      - Alexander Pope

Some old men, by continually praising the time of their youth, would almost persuade us that there were no fools in those days; but unluckily they are left themselves for examples.
      - Alexander Pope

To pardon those absurdities in ourselves which we cannot suffer in others is neither better nor worse than to be more willing to be fools ourselves than to have others so.
      - Alexander Pope

If you wish to avoid seeing a fool you must first break your looking-glass.
      - Francois Rabelais

Too many giddy, foolish hours are gone.
      - Nicholas Rowe

To the fool-king belongs the world.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.
      - Albert Schweitzer

Thou little thinkest what a little foolery governs the whole world.
      - John Selden, Table Talk

The greatest of fools is he who imposes on himself, and in his greatest concern thinks certainly he knows that which he has least studied, and of which he is most profoundly ignorant.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.
      - William Shakespeare

The wise man knows himself to be a fool.
      - William Shakespeare

Lord, what fools these mortals be!
      - William Shakespeare,
        A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Puck at III, ii)

Fools are very often united in the strictest intimacies, as the lighter kinds of woods are the most closely glued together.
      - William Shenstone


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