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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
A barber learneth to shave by shaving fools.  1
A fair promise makes a fool merry.  2
A fool always comes short of his reckoning.  3
A fool always finds a greater fool than himself.  Boileau.  4
A fool always finds a greater fool that admires him.  German.  5
A fool and his money are soon parted.  6
A fool can dance without a fiddle.  7
A fool cannot be silent.  Demaratus, king of Sparta.  8
A fool demands much, but he is a greater that gives it.  9
A fool has not stuff enough to make a good man.  Rochefoucauld.  10
A fool if he holds his tongue passes for wise.  Spanish.  11
A fool is better than an obstinate man.  12
A fool is full of words.  13
A fool is like other men as long as he is silent.  Danish.  14
A fool is one who gives, and greater fool one who will not take.  German.  15
A fool is the wise man’s ladder.  African.  16
A fool laughs when others laugh.  17
A fool loses his estate before he finds his folly.  18
A fool may chance to say a wise thing.  Dutch.  19
A fool must now and then be right by chance.  Cowper.  20
A fool never admires himself so much as when he has committed some folly.  Chinese.  21
A fool only wins the first game.  Danish.  22
A fool shoots; God guides the bullet.  Russian.  23
A fool thinks nothing right but what he does himself.  24
A fool unless he knows Latin is never a great fool.  Spanish.  25
A fool wants his cloak on a rainy day.  26
A fool when he hath spoken hath done all.  27
A fool who speaks the truth is better than a hundred liars.  German.  28
A fool will laugh when he is drowning.  29
A fool will not be foiled.  30
A fool will not gie his bauble for the tower of London.  31
A fool’s head never whitens.  32
A fool’s bolt is soon shot.  33
A fool’s bolt may sometimes hit the mark.  34
A fool’s heart dances on his lips.  35
A fool’s lips are the snare of his soul.  Bible.  36
A fool’s speech is a bubble of air.  37
A fool’s tongue is long enough to cut his own throat.  38
A fool’s voice is known by a multitude of words.  Bible.  39
A nod from a lord is a beefsteak for a fool.  40
A pointless saying is a fool’s doing.  Punch.  41
A prating fool shall fall.  Bible.  42
A thorn in the foot and a fool’s answer, are two sharp things.  Irish.  43
A wise look may secure a fool if he talk not.  44
All but fools know fear sometimes.  Henry Hein.  45
All cry “fie” on the fool.  46
All fails that fools think.  47
All fools have still an itching to deride,
And fain would be upon the laughing side.  Pope.
All places are filled with fools.  Cicero.  49
All the fools are not dead yet.  50
All too good is every man’s fool.  51
An easy fool is a knave’s tool.  52
An ass will deny more in an hour than a hundred philosophers will prove in an hundred years.  53
An old fool is better than a young simpleton.  Danish.  54
As the bell clinks so the fool thinks.  55
As the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of a fool.  Bible.  56
Be wise with speed,
A fool at forty is a fool indeed.  Young.
Bray a fool in a mortar, he’ll be never the wiser.  58
By his immoderate laughter you can always distinguish a fool.  Latin.  59
Even a fool can bet a good hand at poker. (A game of cards.)  60
Even a fool when he holdeth his peace is counted wise.  Bible.  61
Even fools sometimes speak to the purpose.  62
Everybody must wear out one pair of fool’s shoes if he wear no more.  German.  63
Every fool is pleased with his bauble.  64
Every fool is wise when he holds his tongue.  65
Every fool thinks he is clever enough.  Danish.  66
Every fool wants to give advice.  Italian.  67
Every fool will be meddling.  Bible.  68
Every man a little beyond himself is a fool.  69
Every man hath a fool in his sleeve.  French, Italian.  70
Every man’s friend, every man’s fool.  German.  71
Far fools hae fair feathers.  72
Fool is he who alone talks and is his only listener.  Turkish.  73
Fools and madmen ought not to be left in their own company.  74
Fools are all the world over, as he said who shod the goose.  75
Fools are always resolute to make good their own folly.  76
Fools are free all the world over.  German.  77
Fools are known by looking wise.  Butler.  78
Fools are not to be convinced.  79
Fools are pleased with their own blunders.  80
Fools are plentier than philosophers because there is more demand for them.  Durbin Ward.  81
Fools for arguments use wagers.  Butler.  82
Fools go in throngs.  French.  83
Fools grin on fools.  Young.  84
Fools grow without watering.  Italian.  85
Fools’ haste is no speed.  86
Fools laugh at their own sport.  87
Fools live poor to die rich.  88
Fools must not be set on eggs.  German.  89
Fools refuse favors.  90
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.  Pope.  91
Fools set far trysts.  92
Fools shou’d na hae chopping sticks.  93
Fools should not see half-done work.  94
Fools will not part with their bauble for all Lombard street.  95
Fools worship mules that carry gold.  96
Forbid a fool a thing and that he’ll do.  97
From many questions one knows a fool.  German.  98
“God help the fool!” said the idiot.  99
God sends fools fortune.  100
Great fools have great bells.  Dutch.  101
Greater fools than those of Zago, who dunged the steeple to make it grow.  Italian.  102
He does a good day’s work who rids himself of a fool.  French.  103
He exposes himself to be thought a fool who reports the follies of others.  French.  104
He has great need of a fool who makes himself one.  French.  105
He is a fool who avoids the place where he has aforetime broken his nose.  Russian.  106
He is a fool who boasts of four things: that he has good wine, a good horse, a handsome wife, and plenty of money.  Italian.  107
He is a fool who buys an ox to have good cream.  German.  108
He is a fool who makes his physician his heir.  French.  109
He is a fool that makes a mallet of his fist.  French.  110
He is a fool who only hears himself speak.  German.  111
He is a fool who only sees the mischiefs that are past.  Bryant.  112
He is a fool who spends more money than his receipts.  French.  113
He is a fool who thinks that another does not think.  Italian, German, Portuguese.  114
He is a great fool who forgets himself to feed another.  Spanish.  115
He is fool enough himself who will bray against another ass.  116
He is nae the fool that the fool is, but he that wi’ the fool deals.  117
He shall have enough to do who studies to please fools.  118
He that cannot reason is a fool.  119
He that can turn his hand to anything hath not the mind of a fool.  Chinese.  120
He that is only his own pupil shall have a fool for his tutor.  121
He that is well sheltered is a fool if he stir out into the rain.  122
He who is born a fool is never cured.  123
He who is very learned is a very learned fool.  Tamil.  124
He who would make a fool of himself will find many to help him.  Danish.  125
He is a fool that’s wiser abroad than at home.  126
I will not dance for every fool’s pipe.  127
If a fool have success it ruins him.  128
If all fools wore white caps we should look like a flock of sheep.  129
If every fool were to wear a bauble, fuel would be dear.  130
If every fool wore a crown, we should all be kings.  Welsh.  131
If every one were wise, the fool would be the prize.  German.  132
If fools ate no bread, corn would be cheap.  German, Dutch.  133
If fools went not to the market, bad wares would not be sold.  134
If there were neither fools or knaves in the world all people would be of one mind.  Spanish.  135
If thou play the fool stay for a fellow.  136
If you play with a fool at home he’ll play with you in the market.  137
If you want to get into the bog, ask five fools the way to the wood.  Livonian.  138
It is a cunning part to play the fool well.  139
It is better to be a beggar than a fool.  140
It is better to deal with a whole fool than a half fool.  German.  141
It is better to please a fool than to anger him.  142
It is the part of a fool to say, “I should not have thought it.”  Latin.  143
It is the property of fools to be always judging.  144
It needs a cunning hand to shave a fool’s head.  Dutch.  145
Knaves and fools divide the world.  146
Learned fools are the greatest of all fools.  German.  147
More fools, more fun.  French.  148
Neither give to all nor contend with fools.  German.  149
Never challenge a fool to do wrong.  150
Never defy a fool.  French.  151
No fool like an old fool.  152
No one is a fool always: every one sometimes.  153
Nobody is twice a fool.  Accra (Africa).  154
No creature smarts so little as a fool.  Pope.  155
None but a fool is always right.  156
None is so wise but the fool overtakes him.  157
Nothing looks so much like a man of sense as a fool that holds his tongue.  German.  158
Nothing so foolish as the laugh of a fool.  Martial.  159
Old fools are more foolish than voting ones.  Rochefoucauld.  160
One begins by being a fool and ends by being a knave.  161
One fool is enough in a house.  162
One fool praises another.  163
One should be born either a king or a fool.  German.  164
Ordinarily I can bear the sensible knave better than the fool.  Pope.  165
Send a fool to market and a fool he’ll return.  166
Silent fools may pass for wise.  167
Speak not of stones to a fool lest he cast them at thy head.  Turkish.  168
The assistance of fools only brings an injury.  Latin.  169
The false modesty of fools will conceal ulcers rather than have them cured.  Horace.  170
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge but fools despise wisdom and instruction.  Bible.  171
The feast passes and the fool remains.  Italian, Spanish.  172
The first chapter of fools is to esteem themselves wise.  173
The fool and the brutish person die and leave their wealth to others.  Bible.  174
The fool cuts himself with his own knife.  French.  175
The fool discerns the faults of others and forgets his own.  Cicero.  176
The fool has always wet weather in his calendar.  German.  177
The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God.  Bible.  178
The fool hunts for misfortune.  French.  179
The fool is busy in every one’s business but his own.  180
The fool runs away while his house is burning.  181
The fool saith, “Who would have thought it.”  182
The fool thinks nothing well done but what he has done himself.  183
The fool who falleth into the fire rarely falleth out of it.  Arabian.  184
The fool who is silent passes for wise.  French, Portuguese.  185
A fool’s life is half death.  German.  186
The fool’s pleasure costs him dear.  187
The more riches a fool hath, the greater fool he is.  188
The older a fool the worse he is.  German.  189
The poor fool that closeth his mouth never winneth a dollar.  Spanish Gypsy.  190
The prosperity of fools shall destroy them.  Bible.  191
The shadow of a lord is a cap for a fool.  Italian.  192
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes.  Bible.  193
The world is too narrow for two fools a quarrelling.  194
There are bearded fools.  195
There cannot be a more intolerable thing than a fortunate fool.  196
There is a fool at every feast.  Dutch.  197
There is a medium betwixt all fool and all philosopher.  198
There is no art can make a fool wise.  199
There is no fool in this world but who is sure to find a greater fool than himself.  French.  200
There is no fool like a learned fool.  Italian.  201
There is no knife cuts keener than a fool turned doctor.  German.  202
There is no man that hath not a vein of the fool in him.  German.  203
There is no need to fasten a bell to a fool, he is sure to tell his own tale.  Danish.  204
There is nothing blackens like the ink of fools.  Pope.  205
There is nothing so intolerable as a fortunate fool.  Latin.  206
There must be fools in the world.  German.  207
This fellow’s wise enough to play the fool,
And to do that well craves a kind of wit.  Shakespeare.
Though a coat be ever so fine that a fool wears, yet ’tis but a fool’s coat.  209
Though the fool waits, the day does not.  French.  210
Thrust not thy finger into a fool’s mouth.  Dutch.  211
’Tis sweet to play the fool in time and place.  Homer.  212
To be a fool or knave in print doth but bring the truth to light.  213
To every fool his cap.  Dutch.  214
To promise and give nothing is comfort to a fool.  215
To reprove a fool is but lost labor.  216
Two fools in one house are too many by a couple.  217
Unless a fool knows Latin he is never a great fool.  Spanish.  218
We have all been fools in our time.  Latin.  219
What gifts to fools avail?  Homer.  220
When a fool finds a horseshoe, he thinks ay the like to do.  221
When a fool has spoken he has done all.  222
When a fool hath bethought himself the market is over.  223
When fools go to market, pedlers (hucksters) make money.  Dutch, Danish.  224
When fools have nothing to talk about they talk about the weather.  German.  225
When gods gave fools mouths, it was not that they might talk but eat.  Turkish.  226
Where two fools meet the bargain goes off.  227
Where you see a jester a fool is not far off.  228
When fools shun one sort of vices they fall on their opposite extremes.  Horace.  229
Who is born a fool is never cured.  Italian.  230
Why thinks the fool with childish hope to see
What neither is, nor was, nor e’er shall be?  Ovid.
Wise lads and old fools were never good for anything.  Italian.  232
With fools it is always holiday.  Latin.  233
Worthless is the advice of fools.  Latin.  234
Young fools think that the old are dotards, but the old have forgotten more than the young fools know.  Dutch.  235

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