Most popular foolishness quotes
The best way to convince a fool is to let him have his own way.
A fool and his money are soon parted.
Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.
Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.
Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
Anyone can make a mistake. A fool insists on repeating it.
A fool judges people by the presents they give him.
Astrology proves one scientific fact, and one only; there's one [fool] born every minute.
Only a fool argues with a skunk, a mule or the cook.
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
The surprising thing about young fools is how many survive to become old fools.
Self-delusion is pulling in your stomach when you step on the scales.
Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain—and most do.
Anybody with money to burn will easily find someone to tend the fire.
Follies change their type but foolishness remains.
Everybody has the right to express what he thinks. That, of course, lets the crackpots in. But if you cannot tell a crackpot when you see one, then you ought to be taken in.
Some people get lost in thought because it's such unfamiliar territory.
A fanatic is someone who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
While intelligent people can often simplify the complex, a fool is more likely to complicate the simple.
There are 40 kinds of lunacy, but only one kind of common sense.
Don't approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back or a fool from any side.
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.
Fine clothes may disguise, but foolish words will disclose a fool.
There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death.
The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.
A fool bolts pleasure, then complains of moral indigestion.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain—and most fools do.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof was to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
Never let a fool kiss you or a kiss fool you.
A prosperous fool is a grievous burden.
The folly of one man is the fortune of another. For no man prospers so suddenly as by others' errors.
The wise man's eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness.
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself.
A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
A fool can always find a greater fool to admire him.
Even a fool can deceive a man—if he be a bigger fool than himself.
I used to think that romantic love was a neurosis shared by two, a supreme foolishness. I no longer thought that. There's nothing foolish in loving anyone. Thinking you'll be loved in return is what's foolish.
Though a fool spend all his life with wise men, he will know the truth no more than a spoon knows the taste of the soup.
A fool flatters himself—a wise man flatters the fool.
There are well-dressed foolish ideas just as there are well-dressed fools.
A wise man may be duped as well as a fool; but the fool publishes the triumph of the deceiver.
A virulent, aggressive fool taints the reason of a household. I have seen a whole family of quiet, sensible people unhinged and beside themselves, the victims of such a rogue.
Most fools think they are only ignorant.
To be intimate with a foolish friend is like going to bed to a razor.
A Fool's Tongue is long enough to cut his own Throat.
Zeal is fit only for wise men, but is found mostly in fools.
Oh, innocent victims of Cupid, Remember this terse little verse; To let a fool kiss you is stupid, To let a kiss fool you is worse.
Self-satisfaction is the opiate of fools.
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day. Wisdom consists in not exceeding that limit.
Silence is all the genius a fool has and it is one of the things a smart man knows how to use when he needs it.
There are two kinds of fools: one says, "This is old, therefore it is good"; the other says, "This is new, therefore it is better."
A knowledgeable fool is a greater fool than an ignorant fool.
People are never so near playing the fool as when they think themselves wise: they lay aside that distrust which is the surest guard against indiscretion.
The dullness of the fool is the whetstone of the wits.
Fools are a family over all the world.
There's no system foolproof enough to defeat a sufficiently great fool.
People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they were willing to remain actually fools.
Ninety-nine percent of the people in the world are fools and the rest of us are in great danger of contagion.
When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile examines the finger.
The fool considers that what he doesn't understand is either extremely stupid, or extremely intelligent, pending on how others react to it.