|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|All human wisdom to divine is folly;|
This truth the wisest man made melancholy.
Denham.Progress of Learning, Line 207.
|Is folly then so old? Why, let me see|
About what time of life may folly be?
Oh! she was born, by nicest calculation,
One moment after womans first creation.
W. Spencer.Prol. to Fashionable Friends. (Metrical Miscellany.)
|Sick of herself is follys character,|
As wisdoms is a modest self-applause.
Dr. Young.Night VIII. Line 918.
|Folly ends where genuine hope begins.|
Cowper.Hope, Line 637.
|And must I ravel out|
My weavd up follies?
Shakespeare.King Richard II., Act IV. Scene 1. (The King to Northumberland.)
|Whether the charmer sinner it, or saint it;|
If folly grow romantic, I must paint it.
Pope.Moral Essays, Epi. II. Line 15.
|In hers or vices casual road advance,|
Thoughtless, the sinners or the saints of chance.
Shenstone.The Judgment of Hercules, Line 27, and see a song by Congreve beginning Pious Selinda.
|Thus in a sea of folly tost,|
My choicest hours of life are lost.
Swift.Horace, Book II. Line 125.