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

If men are to be fools, it were better that they were fools in little matters than in great; dullness, turned up with temerity, is a livery all the worse for the facings; and the most tremendous of all things is a magnanimous dunce.
      - Sydney Smith

The man who talks of an unalterable law is probably an unalterable fool.
      - Sydney Smith

You pity a man who is lame or blind, but you never pity him for being a fool, which is often a much greater misfortune.
      - Sydney Smith

No fool can be silent at a feast.
      - Solon

The imputation of being a fool is a thing which mankind, of all others, is the most impatient of, it being a blot upon the prime and specific perfection of human nature.
      - Bishop Robert South

Fools are apt to imitate only the defects of their betters.
      - Jonathan Swift

Don't use the conduct of a fool as a precedent.
      - The Talmud

A fool can no more see his own folly than he can see his ears.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

If thou hast never been a fool, be sure thou wilt never be a wise man.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Oh, brother wearers of motley, are there not moments when one grows sick of grinning and trembling and the jingling of cap and bells?
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

He who provides for this life, but takes no care for eternity, is wise for a moment, but a fool forever.
      - John Tillotson

Those who realize their folly are not true fools.
      - Chuang Tzu (Zhuangzi)

Fools act on imagination without knowledge, pedants act on knowledge without imagination.
      - Alfred North Whitehead

Ninety-nine percent of the people in the world are fools and the rest of us are in great danger of contagion.
      - Thornton Niven Wilder

A fool at forty is a fool indeed.
      - Edward Young

Nothing exceeds in ridicule, no doubt,
  A fool in fashion, but a fool that's out;
    His passion for absurdity's so strong,
      He cannot bear a rival in the wrong.
      - Edward Young

Fools with bookish knowledge art children with edged weapons; they hurt themselves, and put others in pain.
      - Johann Georg von Zimmermann


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