Quotes about Fools and foolishness

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It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

I was young and foolish then; now I am old and foolisher.
The fool thinks himself to be wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. [Measure For Measure]
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
If a man fools me once, shame on him. If he fools me twice, shame on me.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes.
A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain -- and most fools do.
Who loves not women, wine and song remains a fool his whole life long.
Most fools think they are only ignorant.
It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own.
Every fool finds a greater one to admire them.
The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is to let him have his way.
Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark, or the man afraid of the light?
The world is full of fools and faint hearts; and yet everyone has courage enough to bear the misfortunes, and wisdom enough to manage the affairs of his neighbor.
If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
The fool needs company, the wise solitude.
Don't approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side.
A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one.
Men who know themselves are no longer fools. They stand on the threshold of the door of Wisdom.
The dullness of the fool is the whetstone of the wits.
He is a fool that kisseth the maid when he may kiss the mistress.
You ask whether I have ever been in love: fool as I am, I am not such a fool as that. But if one is only to talk from first-hand experience, conversation would be a very poor business. But though I have no personal experience of the things they call love, I have what is better -- the experience of Sappho, of Euripides, of Catallus, of Shakespeare, of Spenser, of Austen, of Bronte, of anyone else I have read.
He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks.
Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.
There are four types of men in this world: 1. The man who knows, and knows that he knows; he is wise, so consult him. 2. The man who knows, but doesn't know that he knows; help him not forget what he knows. 3. The man who knows not, and knows that he knows not; teach him. 4. Finally, there is the man who knows not but pretends that he knows; he is a fool, so avoid him.
He is mad past recovery, but yet he has lucid intervals.
Greatest fools are the most often satisfied.
Sometimes the fool who rushes in gets the job done.
Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society.
It is rude to silence a fool, and cruelty to let him go on.
Fortune, seeing that she could not make fools wise, has made them lucky.
No one but a fool would measure their satisfaction by what the world thinks of it.
Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom.
A fool always finds a greater fool to admire him.
A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.

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