10 Great Quotes from Writers about Fools

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.


  1. -Amen3

  2. Super! As a happily confirmed fool, I enjoyed these.

  3. Brilliant! I love the variety in the wit and wisdom!

  4. Thank you my friend :-)

  5. Reblogged this on Word Shamble and commented:
    In anticipation of April Fool’s Day, another inspiring list of quotes from Inspiring Literature

  6. That Douglas Adams quote is AWESOME.

  7. Very apt and timely post!

  8. These are great, especially the Douglas Adams quote. Now that was a frood who always knew where his towel was!

  9. Reblogged this on Vauquer Boarding House and commented:
    Don’t be an April Fool. Read and learn.

  10. Oh God save me from playing a fool one too many in April, May be I shall try May.

  11. 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!

  12. Reblogged this on logging entries in my life and commented:
    Something to lighten the mood…

  13. Thanks for giving a reason to smile.

  14. I love the Edgar Allan Poe quote.

  15. “A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
    – William Shakespeare

    Good stuff :)

  16. A great read to prepare for April Fool’s Day.

  17. “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

  18. 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.”

  19. I really enjoyed this. A wonderfully appropriate post. Well done and thanks!

  20. Reblogged this on indiantaylor.

  21. I like it! All the author I learned during high school days are quoted here…

  22. Reblogged this on For the love of Books!!.

  23. Reblogged this on ArtFreak.

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