|The folly of one man is the fortune of another.|
|Un sot trouve toujours un plus sot qui ladmire.|
A fool always finds one still more foolish to admire him.
BoileauLArt Poétique. I. 232.
|Fool me no fools.|
Bulwer-LyttonLast Days of Pompeii. Bk. III. Ch. 6.
|To swallow gudgeons ere theyre catchd,|
And count their chickens ere theyre hatchd.
ButlerHudibras. Pt. II. Canto III. L. 923.
|Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.|
ByronEnglish Bards and Scotch Reviewers. L. 6.
|Folly loves the martyrdom of Fame.|
ByronMonody on the Death of the Right Hon. R. B. Sheridan. L. 68.
|More knave than fool.|
CervantesDon Quixote. Pt. I. Bk. IV. Ch. 2.
| Mas acompañados y paniguados debe di tener la locura que la discrecion.|
Folly is wont to have more followers and comrades than discretion.
CervantesDon Quixote. II. 13.
| Young men think old men are fools; but old men know young men are fools.|
Geo. ChapmanAll Fools. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 292.
|Les plus courtes folies sont les meilleures.|
The shortest follies are the best.
CharronLas Sagesse. Bk. I. Ch. 3.
|Fool beckons fool, and dunce awakens dunce.|
ChurchillApology. L. 42.
|Stultorum plena sunt omnia.|
All places are filled with fools.
CiceroEpistles. IX. 22.
| Culpa enim illa, bis ad eundem, vulgari reprehensa proverbio est.|
To stumble twice against the same stone, is a proverbial disgrace.
CiceroEpistles. X. 20.
| Haint we got all the fools in town on our side? And aint that a big enough majority in any town?|
S. L. Clemens (Mark Twain)Huckleberry Finn. Ch. 26.
|A fool must now and then be right by chance.|
CowperConversation. L. 96.
|The solemn fog; significant and budge;|
A fool with judges, amongst fools a judge.
CowperConversation. L. 299.
|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.
CowperTask. Bk. III. L. 187.
|Lexactitude est le sublime des sots.|
Exactness is the sublimity of fools.
Attributed to Fontenelle, who disclaimed it.
| A fool and a wise man are alike both in the starting-placetheir birth, and at the posttheir death; only they differ in the race of their lives.|
FullerThe Holy and Profane States. Of Natural Fools. Maxim IV.
| A rational reaction against irrational excesses and vagaries of skepticism may * * * readily degenerate into the rival folly of credulity.|
GladstoneTime and Place of Homer. Introductory.
| He is a fool|
Who only sees the mischiefs that are past.
HomerIliad. Bk. XVII. L. 39. Bryants trans.
|Stultorum incurata malus pudor ulcera celat.|
The shame of fools conceals their open wounds.
HoraceEpistles. I. 16. 24.
| Adde cruorem|
Stultitiæ, atque ignem gladio scrutare.
To your folly add bloodshed, and stir the fire with the sword.
HoraceSatires. II. 3. 275.
| A man may be as much a fool from the want of sensibility as the want of sense.|
Mrs. JamesonStudies. Detached Thoughts. P. 122.
|Fears of the brave and follies of the wise.|
Samuel Johnson.Vanity of Human Wishes.
| Un fat celui que les sots croient un homme de mérite.|
A fool is one whom simpletons believe to be a man of merit.
La BruyèreLes Caractères. XII.
|Hélas! on voit que de tout temps|
Les Petits ont pâti des sottises des grands.
Alas! we see that the small have always suffered for the follies of the great.
La FontaineFables. II. 4.
|Ce livre nest pas long, on le voit en une heure;|
La plus courte folie est toujours la meilleure.
This book is not long, one may run over it in an hour; the shortest folly is always the best.
La GirandièreLe Recueil des Voyeux Epigrammes.
|Qui vit sans folie nest pas si sage quil croit.|
He who lives without committing any folly is not so wise as he thinks.
La RochefoucauldMaximes. 209.
|Un sot na pas assez détoffe pour être bon.|
A fool has not material enough to be good.
La RochefoucauldMaximes. 387.
|The right to be a cussed fool|
Is safe from all devices human,
Its common (ez a ginl rule)
To every critter born of woman.
LowellThe Biglow Papers. Second Series. No. 7. St. 16.
|A fool! a fool! my coxcomb for a fool!|
|I have playd the fool, the gross fool, to believe|
The bosom of a friend will hold a secret
Mine own could not contain.
MassingerUnnatural Combat. Act V. Sc. 2.
| Young men think old men fools, and old men know young men to be so.|
Quoted by Camden os a saying of Dr. Metcalf.
|Quantum est in rebus inane!|
How much folly there is in human affairs.
PersiusSatires. I. 1.
| An old doting fool, with one foot already in the grave.|
PlutarchMorals. On the Training of Children.
|The rest on outside merit but presume,|
Or serve (like other fools) to fill a room.
PopeDunciad. Bk. I. L. 136.
|So by false learning is good sense defacd;|
Some are bewilderd in the maze of schools,
And some made coxcombs Nature meant but fools.
PopeEssay on Criticism. Pt. I. L. 25.
|We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow;|
Our wiser sons, no doubt, will think us so.
PopeEssay on Criticism. Pt. II. L. 438.
|For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.|
PopeEssay on Criticism. Pt. III. L. 66.
|The fool is happy that he knows no more.|
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. II. L. 264.
|Whether the charmer sinner it, or saint it,|
If folly grow romantic, I must paint it.
PopeMoral Essays. Ep. II. L. 15.
|Die and endow a college or a cat.|
PopeMoral Essays. Ep. III. To Bathurst. L. 96.
|No creature smarts so little as a fool.|
PopePrologue to Satires. L. 84.
|Leave such to trifle with more grace and ease,|
Whom Folly pleases, and whose Follies please.
PopeSecond Book of Horace. Ep. II. L. 326.
| Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise.|
Proverbs. XVII. 28.
|Every fool will be meddling.|
Proverbs. XX. 3.
|Answer a fool according to his folly.|
Proverbs. XXVI. 5.
| Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.|
Proverbs. XXVII. 22.
|The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.|
Psalms. XIV. 1; LIII. 1.
| Qui stultis videri eruditi volunt, stulti eruditis videntur.|
Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.
Quintilian. X. 7. 22.
| After a man has sown his wild oats in the years of his youth, he has still every year to get over a few weeks and days of folly.|
RichterFlower, Fruit, and Thorn Pieces. Bk. II. Ch. V.
| Stultus est qui fructus magnarum arborum spectat, altitudinem non metitur.|
He is a fool who looks at the fruit of lofty trees, but does not measure their height.
Quintus Curtius RufusDe Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni. VII. 8.
|Insipientis est dicere, Non putaram.|
It is the part of a fool to say, I should not have thought.
Scipio Africanus. See Cicero. De Off. XXIII. 81. Valerius. Bk. VII. 2. 2.
|Where lives the man that has not tried,|
How mirth can into folly glide,
And folly into sin!
ScottBridal of Triermain. Canto I. St. 21.
|Inter cætera mala hoc quoque habet|
Stultitia semper incipit vivere.
Among other evils folly has also this, that it is always beginning to live.
SenecaEpistolæ Ad Lucilium. 13.
| Sir, for a quart décu he will sell the fee-simple of his salvation, the inheritance of it; and cut the entail from all remainders.|
Alls Well That Ends Well. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 311.
|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 baskd him in the sun.
As You Like It. Act II. Sc. 7. L. 12.
| O noble fool!|
A worthy fool! Motleys the only wear.
As You Like It. Act II. Sc. 7. L. 33.
| I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad: and to travel for it too!|
As You Like It. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 26.
| The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.|
As You Like It. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 34.
|Fools are not mad folks.|
Cymbeline. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 105.
| Let the doors be shut upon him, that he may play the fool nowhere but in s own house.|
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 134.
| Well, thus we play the fools with the time, and the spirits of the wise sit in the clouds and mock us.|
Henry IV. Pt. II. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 154.
|How ill white hairs become a fool and jester!|
Henry IV. Pt. II. Act V. Sc. 5. L. 52.
|A fools bolt is soon shot.|
Henry V. Act III. Sc. 7. L. 132.
|The fool hath planted in his memory|
An army of good words; and I do know
A many fools, that stand in better place,
Garnishd like him, that for a tricksy word
Defy the matter.
Merchant of Venice. Act III. Sc. 5. L. 71.
|Lord, what fools these mortals be!|
Midsummer Nights Dream. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 115.
|To wisdom hes a fool that will not yield.|
Pericles. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 54.
|This fellow is wise enough to play the fool;|
And to do that well craves a kind of wit.
Twelfth Night. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 67.
| Marry, sir, they praise me and make an ass of me; now my foes tell me plainly I am an ass; so that by my foes, sir, I profit in the knowledge of myself.|
Twelfth Night. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 19.
|I hold him but a fool that will endanger|
His body for a girl that loves him not.
Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act V. Sc. 4. L. 133.
| You may as well|
Forbid the sea for to obey the moon
As or by oath remove or counsel shake
The fabric of his folly.
Winters Tale. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 426.
|Tis not by guilt the onward sweep|
Of truth and right, O Lord, we stay;
Tis by our follies that so long
We hold the earth from heaven away.
E. R. SillThe Fools Prayer.
| He has spent all his life in letting down empty buckets into empty wells, and he is frittering away his age in trying to draw them up again.|
Sydney SmithLady Hollands Memoir. Vol. I. P. 259.
|For take thy ballaunce if thou be so wise,|
And weigh the winde that under heaven doth blow;
Or weigh the light that in the east doth rise;
Or weigh the thought that from mans mind doth flow.
SpenserFaerie Queene. Bk. V. Canto II. St. 43.
| He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put in phials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw, inclement summers.|
SwiftGullivers Travels. Pt. III. Ch. V. Voyage to Laputa.
|Chi conta i colpi e la dovuta offesa,|
Mentr arde la tenzon, misura e pesa?
A fool is he that comes to preach or prate,
When men with swords their right and wrong debate.
TassoGerusalemme. V. 57.
| Le sot est comme le peuple, qui se croit riche de peu.|
The fool is like those people who think themselves rich with little.
|Qui se croit sage, ô ciel! est un grand fou.|
He who thinks himself wise, O heavens! is a great fool.
VoltaireLe Droit du Seigneur. IV. 1.
|The greatest men|
May ask a foolish question, now and then.
John WolcotThe Apple Dumpling and the King.
| Be wise with speed;|
A fool at forty is a fool indeed.
YoungLove of Fame. Satire II. L. 281.
|At thirty man suspects himself a fool;|
Knows it at forty, and reforms his plan.
YoungNight Thoughts. Night I. L. 417.
| To climb lifes worn, heavy wheel|
Which draws up nothing new.
YoungNight Thoughts. Night III.
|Men may live fools, but fools they cannot die.|
YoungNight Thoughts. Night IV. Last line.
|We bleed, we tremble; we forget, we smile|
The mind turns fool, before the cheek is dry.
YoungNight Thoughts. Night V. L. 511.