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Fool

Definition: A person who acts unwisely or imprudently; a silly person.
Number of Quotes: 46

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Douglas Adams

The trouble with this country is that there are too many politicians who believe, with a conviction based on experience, that you can fool all of the people all of the time.
Franklin P. Adams

By definition, risk-takers often fail. So do morons. In practice it's difficult to sort them out.
Scott Adams

There's a sucker born every minute.
P. T. Barnum

The fence around a cemetery is foolish, for those inside can't come out and those outside don't want to get in.
Arthur Brisbane

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.
Warren Buffett

The fact that people will be full of greed, fear, or folly is predictable. The sequence is not predictable.
Warren Buffett

Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to sell it.
Samuel Butler (Author)

I have always heard it said, that to do a kindness to clowns, is like throwing water into the sea.
Cervantes

Young men think old men are fools; but old men know young men are fools.
George Chapman

When he said we were trying to make a fool of him, I could only murmur that the Creator had beat us to it.
Ilka Chase

Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.
Charles Colton

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?
Jamie Lee Curtis

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.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man shouldn't fool with booze until he's fifty; then he's a damn fool if he doesn't.
William Faulkner

Never give a sucker an even break.
W. C. Fields

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.
Henry Ford

He that teaches himself hath a fool for a master.
Benjamin Franklin

Some die because they feel everything, others because they feel nothing. Some are fools because they suffer no regrets, and others because they do.
Baltasar Gracián

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.

E. Y. Harburg

An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
Eric Hoffer

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
Elbert Hubbard

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.
Samuel Johnson

Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.
Samuel Johnson

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.
Ben Jonson

I don't suffer fools, and I like to see fools suffer.
Florence King

As usual, there's a great woman behind every idiot.
John Lennon

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.
Abraham Lincoln

It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied.
John Stuart Mill

An author is a fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him, insists on boring future generations.
Montesquieu

Experience! Wise men do not need it.
Experience! Idiots do not heed it.

Ogden Nash

It takes a woman twenty years to make a man of her son, and another woman twenty minutes to make a fool of him.
Helen Rowland

Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain.
Friedrich Schiller

When we are born, we cry that we are come
To this great stage of fools:

King Lear
William Shakespeare

'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.

Jonathan Swift

The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
Thomas Szasz

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.
Mark Twain

Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.
Mark Twain

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.
Mark Twain

Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
Mark Twain

Lawyers should never marry other lawyers. This is called inbreeding, from which comes idiot children and more lawyers.
David Wayne

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.
Oscar Wilde

In examinations the foolish ask questions that the wise cannot answer.
Oscar Wilde

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.
Oscar Wilde

Money sometimes makes fools of important persons, but it may also make important persons of fools.
Walter Winchell

Be wise with speed; a fool at forty is a fool indeed.
Edward Young

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