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[ Also see Fools Ignorance Indiscretion Invention Merriment Mischief Nonsense Rashness Recklessness Sense Silliness Stupidity Wisdom ]

There is nothing which one regards so much with an eye of mirth and pity as innocence when it has in it a dash of folly.
      - Joseph Addison

The folly of one man is the fortune of another.
      - Francis Bacon, Of Fortune

Folly is like the growth of weeds, always luxurious and spontaneous; wisdom, like flowers, requires cultivation.
      - Hosea Ballou

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XVII, v. 28)

It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XX, v. 3)

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
  Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVI, v. 4-5)

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)

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. XIV, v. 1)

If others had not been foolish, we should be so.
      - William Blake

A fool always finds one still more foolish to admire him.
  [Fr., Un sot trouve toujours un plus sot qui l'admire.]
      - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux, L'art Poetique
         (I, 232)

Fool me no fools.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton,
        Last Days of Pompeii (bk. III, ch. 6)

To swallow gudgeons ere they're catch'd.
  And count their chickens ere they're hatch'd.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. II, canto III, l. 923)

Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        English Bards and Scotch Reviewers
         (l. 6)

Folly loves the martyrdom of Fame.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Monody on the Death of the Rt. Hon. R.B. Sheridan
         (l. 68)

Folly is wont to have more followers and comrades than discretion.
  [Sp., Mas acompanados y paniguados debe di tener la locura que la discrecion.]
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (II, 13)

More knave than fool.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (pt. I, bk. IV, ch. 2)

Women, like men, may be persuaded to confess their faults; but their follies, never.-Alfred de Musset. There are well-dressed follies, as there are well-clothed fools.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

Young men think old men are fools; but old men know young men are fools.
      - George Chapman, All Fools
         (act V, sc. 1, l. 292)

The shortest follies are the best.
  [Fr., Les plus courtes folies sont les meilleures.]
      - Pierre Charron, Las Sagesse (bk. I, ch. 3)

Fool beckons fool, and dunce awakens dunce.
      - Charles Churchill, Apology (l. 42)

No one should so act as to take advantage of another's folly.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

All places are filled with fools.
  [Lat., Stultorum plenea sunt omnia.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Epistles (IX, 22)

To stumble twice against the same stone, is a proverbial disgrace.
  [Lat., Culpa enim illa, bis ad eundem, vulgari reprehensa proverbio est.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Epistles (X, 20)

In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in folly.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

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