Top 20 Fool Quotations

Top 20 quotations about fools

Posted Mar 08, 2013

1. You can educate a fool, but you cannot make him think. —Talmud

2. If silence be good for the wise, how much better for fools. —Talmud

3. A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool. —Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

4. The fool wonders; the wise man asks. —Benjamin Disraeli

5. Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it. —Henry David Thoreau

6. A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence university education. —George Bernard Shaw

7. A lot of good arguments are spoiled by some fool who knows what he is talking about. —Miguel de Unamuno

8. A learned fool is more of a fool than an ignorant fool. —Molière

9. Before a man speaks it is always safe to assume that he is a fool. After he speaks, it is seldom necessary to assume it. —HL Mencken

10. Never tell a fool that he is a fool. All you'll have is an angry fool. —Talmud

11. A man may be a fool and not know it, but not if he is married. —HL Mencken

12. One fool at least in every married couple. —Henry Fielding

13. He who hesitates is a damned fool. —Mae West

14. The wise does at once what the fool does at last. —Baltasar Gracian

15. People have discovered that they can fool the devil, but they can't fool the neighbors. —Francis Bacon

16. The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool. —Epicurus

17. He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool. —Albert Camus

18. A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. —Roald Dahl

19. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks. —Heinrich Heine

20. The fool knows after he's suffered. —Hesiod

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