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Fools And Foolishness Quotes

He is mad past recovery, but yet he has lucid intervals.

Author: Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616)

Profession: Spanish Novelist, Dramatist, Poet

How many fools does it take to make up a public?

Author: Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794)

Profession: French Writer, Journalist, Playwright

When he said we were trying to make a fool of him, I could only murmur that the Creator had beat us to it.

Author: Ilka Chase (1905)

Profession: American Author, Actor

It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own.

Author: Marcus T. Cicero

Profession: Great Roman Orator, Politician

A fool often fails because he thinks what is difficult is easy.

Author: John Churton Collins


A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart.

Author: Confucius

Profession: Chinese Ethical Teacher, Philosopher

The wise make proverbs, and fools repeat them.

Author: Isaac Disraeli


In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause.

Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)

Profession: British Novelist

Men who know themselves are no longer fools. They stand on the threshold of the door of Wisdom.

Author: Havelock Ellis (1859-1939)

Profession: British Psychologist

Fools are without number.

Author: Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

Profession: Dutch Humanist

In short, no association or alliance can be happy or stable without me. People can't long tolerate a ruler, nor can a master his servant, a maid her mistress, a teacher his pupil, a friend his friend nor a wife her husband, a landlord his tenant, a soldier his comrade nor a party-goer his companion, unless they sometimes have illusions about each other, make use of flattery, and have the sense to turn a blind eye and sweeten life for themselves with the honey of folly.

Author: Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

Profession: Dutch Humanist

The entire world is my temple, and a very fine one too, if I'm not mistaken, and I'll never lack priests to serve it as long as there are men.

Author: Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

Profession: Dutch Humanist

Commend a fool for his wit, or a rogue for his honesty and he will receive you into his favor.

Author: Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Profession: British Novelist, Dramatist

There are two fools in this world. One is the millionaire who thinks that by hoarding money he can somehow accumulate real power, and the other is the penniless reformer who thinks that if only he can take the money from one class and give it to another, all the world's ills will be cured.

Author: Henry Ford (1863-1947)

Profession: American Industrialist, Founder of Ford Motor Company

Most fools think they are only ignorant.

Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat