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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Fool
 
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
        Shakespeare.—As You Like It, Act V. Scene 1. (Touchstone.)
  1
For every inch that is not fool is rogue.
        Dryden.—Absalom and Achitophel, Part II. Line 463.
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No creature smarts so little as a fool.
        Pope.—Prol. to Satires, Line 84.
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At thirty man suspects himself a fool;
Knows it at forty, and reforms his plan;
At fifty, chides his infamous delay,
Pushes his prudent purpose to resolve,
Resolves—and re-resolves; then dies the same.
        Young.—Night I. Line 418.
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’Tis hard if all is false that I advance,
A fool must now and then be right by chance.
        Cowper.—Conversation, Line 95.
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Why should I play the Roman fool, and die
On mine own sword?
        Shakespeare.—Macbeth, Act V. Scene 7. (Before his combat with Macduff.)
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A fool at forty is a fool indeed.
        Young.—Sat. II. Line 282.
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The fool of nature, stood with stupid eyes
And gaping mouth, that testified surprise.
        Dryden.—Cymon and Iphigenia.
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A fool, a fool! I met a fool i’ the forest,
A motley fool; a miserable world;
As I do live by food, I met a fool;
Who laid him down and bask’d him in the sun,
And rail’d on lady Fortune in good terms,
In good set terms,—and yet a motley fool.—
Motley’s the only wear.
        Shakespeare.—As You Like It, Act II. Scene 7. (Jacques.)
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A French edition of a fool.
        Cawthorne.—Equality of Human Conditions, Line 2.
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The little foolery that wise men have makes a great show.
        Shakespeare.—As You Like It, Act I. Scene 2. (Celia to Touchstone.)
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