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26 Folly Quotes

A fool and a wise man are alike both in the starting-place--their birth, and at the post--their death; only they differ in the race of their lives.

Thomas Fuller Quotes , Source: Holy and Profane States--Of Natural Fools (maxim IV)

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More knave than fool.

Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) Quotes , Source: Don Quixote (pt. I, bk. IV, ch. 2)

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A fool must now and then be right by chance.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: Epistles (X, 20)

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Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

Bible Quotes , Source: Proverbs (ch. XXVI, v. 4-5)

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The most exquisite folly is made of wisdom too fine spun

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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The folly of one man is the fortune of another.

Francis Bacon Quotes , Source: Of Fortune

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Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

Bible Quotes , Source: Proverbs (ch. XVII, v. 28)

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It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

Bible Quotes , Source: Proverbs (ch. XX, v. 3)

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Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

Bible Quotes , Source: Proverbs (ch. XXVII, v. 22)

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The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

Bible Quotes , Source: Psalms (ch. XIV, v. 1)

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A fool always finds one still more foolish to admire him. [Fr., Un sot trouve toujours un plus sot qui l'admire.]

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux Quotes , Source: L'art Poetique (I, 232)

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Fool me no fools.

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, first Baron Lytton Quotes , Source: Last Days of Pompeii (bk. III, ch. 6)

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To swallow gudgeons ere they're catch'd. And count their chickens ere they're hatch'd.

Samuel Butler (1) Quotes , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto III, l. 923)

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Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (l. 6)

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Folly loves the martyrdom of Fame.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Monody on the Death of the Rt. Hon. R.B. Sheridan (l. 68)

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Folly is wont to have more followers and comrades than discretion. [Sp., Mas acompanados y paniguados debe di tener la locura que la discrecion.]

Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) Quotes , Source: Don Quixote (II, 13)

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Young men think old men are fools; but old men know young men are fools.

George Chapman Quotes , Source: All Fools (act V, sc. 1, l. 292)

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The shortest follies are the best. [Fr., Les plus courtes folies sont les meilleures.]

Pierre Charron Quotes , Source: Las Sagesse (bk. I, ch. 3)

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Fool beckons fool, and dunce awakens dunce.

Charles Churchill Quotes , Source: Apology (l. 42)

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All places are filled with fools. [Lat., Stultorum plenea sunt omnia.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: Epistles (IX, 22)

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To stumble twice against the same stone, is a proverbial disgrace. [Lat., Culpa enim illa, bis ad eundem, vulgari reprehensa proverbio est.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: Epistles (X, 20)

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The solemn fog; significant and budge; A fool with judges, amongst fools a judge.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Conversation (l. 299)

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Defend me, therefore, common sense, say From reveries so airy, from the toil Of dropping buckets into empty wells, And growing old in drawing nothing up.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Task (bk. III, l. 187)

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Exactness is the sublimity of fools. [Fr., L'exactitude est le sublime des sots.]

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Task (bk. III, l. 187)

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A rational reaction against irrational excesses and vagaries of skepticism may . . . readily degenerate into the rival folly of credulity.

Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone Quotes , Source: Time and Place of Homer (introductory)

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