Funny and witty sourced quotes from writers – about fools, folly, and foolishness
Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever. – Charles Lamb, cited in Wordsworth Book of Humorous Quotations
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. – Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless
My nose itch’d, and I knew I should drink wine, or kiss a fool. – Jonathan Swift, ‘Polite Conversation’
In university they don’t tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools. – Doris Lessing, Martha Quest
If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. – Anatole France, cited in Listening and Speaking: A Guide to Effective Oral Communication
Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable. – Jane Austen, Emma
He who lives without folly is not as wise as he thinks. – François de la Rochefoucauld, Maximes
Education: That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding. – Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary
I have great faith in fools — self-confidence my friends will call it. – Edgar Allan Poe, Marginalia
In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in folly. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, cited in Little Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
Image: An original card from the tarot deck of Jean Dodal of Lyon, early eighteenth century; Wikimedia Commons; public domain.
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I like it! All the author I learned during high school days are quoted here…
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I really enjoyed this. A wonderfully appropriate post. Well done and thanks!
Have you missed out Nasrudin? A philosopher had an appointment and called at Nasrudin’s door but found he was out. So he wrote Stupid Fool on the door in a fit of bad temper. Nasrudin came home and realised he had missed an opportunity for a philosophical debate so rushed to the philosopher’s house. When he met the old sage he said. “Sorry I missed you but it was kind of you to leave your name.”
“Sir, I admit your general rule,
That every poet is a fool,
But you yourself may serve to show it,
That every fool is not a poet.”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
A great read to prepare for April Fool’s Day.
“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
– William Shakespeare
Good stuff :)
I love the Edgar Allan Poe quote.
Thanks for giving a reason to smile.
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Something to lighten the mood…
You forgot the best one! “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” – Shakespeare. Thanks for the wonderful list though! If you’re ever interested in some awesome book reviews and musings, be sure to follow! Thanks!
Oh God save me from playing a fool one too many in April, May be I shall try May.
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Don’t be an April Fool. Read and learn.
These are great, especially the Douglas Adams quote. Now that was a frood who always knew where his towel was!
Very apt and timely post!
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That Douglas Adams quote is AWESOME.
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In anticipation of April Fool’s Day, another inspiring list of quotes from Inspiring Literature
Thank you my friend :-)
Brilliant! I love the variety in the wit and wisdom!
Super! As a happily confirmed fool, I enjoyed these.