A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
By definition, risk-takers often fail. So do morons. In practice it's difficult to sort them out.
There's a sucker born every minute.
The fence around a cemetery is foolish, for those inside can't come out and those outside don't want to get in.
Of one thing be certain: if a CEO is enthused about a particularly foolish acquisition, both his internal staff and his outside advisors will come up with whatever projections are needed to justify his stance. Only in fairy tales are emperors told that they are naked.
The fact that people will be full of greed, fear, or folly is predictable. The sequence is not predictable.
Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to sell it.
I have always heard it said, that to do a kindness to clowns, is like throwing water into the sea.
Young men think old men are fools; but old men know young men are fools.
When he said we were trying to make a fool of him, I could only murmur that the Creator had beat us to it.
Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.
To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people. I've known sheep that could outwit you. I've worn dresses with higher IQs. But you think you're an intellectual, don't you, ape?
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.
A man shouldn't fool with booze until he's fifty; then he's a damn fool if he doesn't.
Never give a sucker an even break.
There are only two fools in this world. One is the millionaire who thinks that by hoarding money he can somehow accumulate real power, and the other is the penniless reformer who thinks that if only he can take the money away from one class and give it to another, all the world's ills will be cured.
He that teaches himself hath a fool for a master.
Some die because they feel everything, others because they feel nothing. Some are fools because they suffer no regrets, and others because they do.
Oh, innocent victims of Cupid,
Remember this terse little verse;
To let a fool kiss you is stupid,
To let a kiss fool you is worse.
An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
Fly fishing may be a very pleasant amusement; but angling or float fishing I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end and a fool at the other.
Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.
Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak, and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
I don't suffer fools, and I like to see fools suffer.
As usual, there's a great woman behind every idiot.
If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied.
An author is a fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him, insists on boring future generations.
Experience! Wise men do not need it.
Experience! Idiots do not heed it.
It takes a woman twenty years to make a man of her son, and another woman twenty minutes to make a fool of him.
Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain.
When we are born, we cry that we are come
To this great stage of fools:
'Tis an old maxim in the schools,
That Vanity's the food of fools;
Yet now and then your men of wit
Will condescend to taste a bit.
The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
Ah well, I am a great and sublime fool. But then I am God's fool, and all His work must be contemplated with respect.
Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.
July 4. Statistics show that we lose more fools on this day than in all the other days of the year put together. This proves, by the number left in stock, that one Fourth of July per year is now inadequate, the country has grown so.
Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
Lawyers should never marry other lawyers. This is called inbreeding, from which comes idiot children and more lawyers.
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. I have not one who is a fool. They are all men of some intellectual power, and consequently they all appreciate me.
In examinations the foolish ask questions that the wise cannot answer.
There is much to be said in favour of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.
Money sometimes makes fools of important persons, but it may also make important persons of fools.
Be wise with speed; a fool at forty is a fool indeed.