Folly Quotes

Most popular folly quotes

Folly always knows the answer.


What use is wisdom when folly reigns?
— Jewish proverb

Jewish proverbs proverbs

To weep over a folly is to double it.


With folly even the gods contend in vain.
Where ignorance is bliss
'Tis folly to be wise.


Profit from folly rather than participate in it.
In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in folly.

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Folly is perennial and yet the human race has survived.
The most exquisite folly is made of wisdom spun too fine.


My only books
Were Woman's looks,
And Folly's all they taught me.


As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

biblical foolishness proverbs

The chief characteristic of folly is that it mistakes itself for wisdom.
The history of the world's great leaders is often the story of human folly.


What curious little corners of folly are to be found in even the sanest brain!
The obstinacy of cleverness and reason is nothing to the obstinacy of folly and inanity.
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools.
To flee vice is the beginning of virtue, and to have got rid of folly is the beginning of wisdom.
The folly of one man is the fortune of another; for no man prospers so suddenly as by others' errors.
The follies which a man regrets most in his life are those which he didn't commit when he had the opportunity.
There is, perhaps no surer mark of folly, than an attempt to correct the natural infirmities of those we love.
I enjoy vast delight in the folly of mankind; and, God be praised, that is an inexhaustible source of entertainment.
The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true.  It is the chief occupation of mankind.
Chief among the forces affecting political folly is lust for power, named by Tacitus as "the most flagrant of all the passions."


Government remains the paramount area of folly because it is there that men seek power over others—only to lose it over themselves.


Folly pursues us throughout our lives, and the man whom we call wise is he whose follies are proportionate to his age and to his fortune.
Of all the passions that possess mankind,
The love of novelty rules most the mind.
In search of this, from realm to realm we roam,
Our fleets come fraught with every folly home.
A man can never do anything at variance with his own nature.  He carries within him the germ of his most exceptional action; and if we wise people make eminent fools of ourselves on any particular occasion, we must endure the legitimate conclusion that we carry a few grains of folly to our ounce of wisdom.
Friends and neighbours complain that taxes are indeed very heavy, and if those laid on by the government were the only ones we had to pay, we might the more easily discharge them; but we have many others, and much more grievous to some of us. We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly.

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