100 Foolishness Quotes And Sayings

Of all the human emotions, foolishness has to be the most difficult to handle. It doesn’t show up often, but it can absolutely wreck your day. Folly is an invisible force, so there’s no way of being prepared for it. When you feel foolish, there are a few things you can do to deal with it Read more

First, try to figure out why you were foolish. Second, take comfort in knowing that everyone feels foolish at least once (and probably more than that.) And third, know that if you feel foolish now, you will feel even more foolish later on. These quotes will help you deal with your greatest foe, foolishness!

Any fool can make a rule And any fool will...
Any fool can make a rule And any fool will mind it. Henry David Thoreau
Compromise is a stalling between two fools.
Compromise is a stalling between two fools. Stephen Fry
I imagine that the intelligent people are the ones so...
I imagine that the intelligent people are the ones so intelligent that they don't even need or want to look 'intelligent' anymore. Criss Jami
She was reflecting back on a truth she had learned...
She was reflecting back on a truth she had learned over the years: that people heard what they wanted to hear, saw what they wanted, believed what they wanted. Jeffery Deaver
Causing any damage or harm to one party in order to help another party is not justice, and likewise, attacking all feminine conduct [in order to warn men away from individual women who are deceitful] is contrary to the truth, just as I will show you with a hypothetical case. Let us suppose they did this intending to draw fools away from foolishness. It would be as if I attacked fire -- a very good and necessary element nevertheless -- because some people burnt themselves, or water because someone drowned. The same can be said of all good things which can be used well or used badly. But one must not attack them if fools abuse them. Christine De Pizan
You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. Colette
Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else ... Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it. Hermann Hesse
A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends. Unknown
Love is wise; hatred is foolish. In this world, which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don't like. We can only live together in that way. But if we are to live together, and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance, which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet. . Bertrand Russell
Ah! how little knowledge does a man acquire in his life. He gathers it up like water, but like water it runs between his fingers, and yet, if his hands be but wet as though with dew, behold a generation of fools call out, 'See, he is a wise man! ' Is it not so? H. Rider Haggard
Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes...
Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes from our foolishness. Sacha Guitry
[Y]ou [man] are fool enough, it seems, to dare to...
[Y]ou [man] are fool enough, it seems, to dare to war with [woman=] me, when for your faithful ally you might win me easily. Aristophanes
Those who possess wisdom cannot just ladle it out to every wantwit and jackanapes who comes along and asks for it. A person must be prepared to receive wisdom, or else it will do him more harm than good. Moreover, a lout thrashing about in the clear waters of wisdom will dirty those waters for everyone else. Tom Robbins
It is a fool of a shepherd who culls his...
It is a fool of a shepherd who culls his dogs. Jefferson Smith
Wisdom, itself, is often an abstraction associated not with fact...
Wisdom, itself, is often an abstraction associated not with fact or reality but with the man who asserts it and the manner of its assertion. John Kenneth Galbraith
Fear was wisdom in a situation like this, and he was pleased that Folly was obviously intelligent enough to know it. He hoped that she would use the fear to make her cleverer, rather than more foolish, but that was asking much of a human, relatively odd or not. Jim Butcher
Things becomes invisible at the very moment I refuse to...
Things becomes invisible at the very moment I refuse to grant them importance. And while I am utterly ashamed to admit it, many of the most important things in my life are invisible. Craig D. Lounsbrough
I am a scientist, and as such I am proud to say that being stupid at times is a very human thing. Be proud to be stupid, be proud to be fool. Being a fool is a billion times better than being blinded by the illusion of intellect. I admit I am a fool, but at the very least, with each passing day I do my best to get lesser fool. Abhijit Naskar
Being a fool is a billion times better than being...
Being a fool is a billion times better than being blinded by the illusion of intellect. Abhijit Naskar
Things that are truly great need nothing from me, and...
Things that are truly great need nothing from me, and to somehow think that they do speaks to my utter lack of greatness. Craig D. Lounsbrough
If I simply look at the map that I’ve so tediously created, it will explain why I’m laying at the bottom of this cliff looking up. Craig D. Lounsbrough
Common sense is one of the most unused commodities available...
Common sense is one of the most unused commodities available to man. Craig D. Lounsbrough
Only the foolish would think that wisdom is something to...
Only the foolish would think that wisdom is something to keep locked in a drawer. Only the fearful would feel empowerment is something best kept to oneself, or the few, and not shared with all. Rasheed Ogunlaru
Any fool can break something, criticise someone and tear things apart. It takes a far more skilled, wise and kind soul to build something, nurture someone, fix things and help others thrive over time. Rasheed Ogunlaru
A learned fool is more a fool than an ignorant fool. Unknown
The advantages of natural folly in a beautiful girl have been already set forth by the capital pen of a sister author; and to her treatment of the subject I will only add, in justice to men, that though to the larger and more trifling part of the sex, imbecility in females is a great enhancement of their personal charms, there is a portion of them too reasonable and too well informed themselves to desire anything more in woman than ignorance. Jane Austen
My father told me once
My father told me once "Son, there are only two kinds people that can do whatever they want in life. Kings and fools.". So I decided to be a King. Danilo Vukovljak
GOD is foolishness and GOD is wisdom all at the...
GOD is foolishness and GOD is wisdom all at the same time. TemitOpe Ibrahim
Running’ is driven by panic. ‘Destination’ is driven by thought. And while it’s terribly painful to admit, incessantly pretending that I do the latter doesn’t replace the fact that I’m constantly doing the former. Craig D. Lounsbrough
To intentionally pass on opportunity is to intentionally pass on...
To intentionally pass on opportunity is to intentionally pass on living. Craig D. Lounsbrough
The circumstances of the world are so variable that an...
The circumstances of the world are so variable that an irrevocable purpose or opinion is almost synonymous with a foolish one. William Seward
Be willing for purpose; it pays huge returns on investment....
Be willing for purpose; it pays huge returns on investment. And along the journey, those who dis your willing sacrifice(s) will ponder their own foolishness. T.F. Hodge
Independence that has declared its ‘independence’ from the sure and certain compass of sound morals is nothing more than rogue greed having scantily dressed itself in the garb of independence while running off the cliff of anarchy. Craig D. Lounsbrough
It is at the precise moment that I take something for granted that I have placed myself in the precarious position of losing that very thing. And if that thing I risk losing is liberty, taking it for granted is foolishness of the most foolish sort. Craig D. Lounsbrough
Only a foolish child would go swimming in the river...
Only a foolish child would go swimming in the river that swallowed his father. Bamigboye Olurotimi
For in me there have always been two fools, among others, one asking nothing better than to stay where he is and the other imagining that life might be slightly less horrible a little further on. So that I was never disappointed, so to speak, whatever I did, in this domain. And these inseparable fools I indulged turn about, that they might understand their foolishness. Samuel Beckett
To deny the battle is unwise. To believe that I...
To deny the battle is unwise. To believe that I can fight it without God is insane. To actually do so is suicidal. No wonder so many of us walk around looking like death warmed over. Craig D. Lounsbrough
If I choose to take the pen from God and...
If I choose to take the pen from God and write the story of my life without Him, I better have plenty of erasers and a whole lot of white-out. Better yet, I should invest in a good shredder. Craig D. Lounsbrough
A fool can't help but be a fool, but when others follow, he makes a fool of us all. DaShanne Stokes
Our best-laid plans are often our worst-made decisions. Craig D. Lounsbrough
The extent of creativity to which I admire in an individual is his ability to be richly creative while still, in a way, telling the truth. It is the fool who creates only his own lies, and the bore who simply repeats what he is told. Criss Jami
Passion often makes a madman of the cleverest man, and renders the greatest fools clever. Unknown
I sit back and try to think. I've been discovering, much to my dismay, that I'm not a criminal mastermind or anything. I'm just brute force and my powers in no way include super-intelligence, which kind of pisses me off. Kelly Thompson
Idiots are of two kinds: those who try to be smart and those who think they are smart. Raheel Farooq
To be naive is to be unaware of how stupid and cruel other people are; but, by some definitions, ignorance is nearly the opposite of naivety in being a kind of cynicism, in being unaware of their intelligence and humanity. It seems to be a normal although unfortunate case that the great many of us consciously abhor ignorance in others yet subconsciously practice it ourselves: as naivety is apparent and well-known to inflict its damage upon oneself; whereas the alternative and the easier, ignorance, its damage upon others. Criss Jami
More often than not, the foolishness of our humanity drives us to destroy the very things that we need to keep ourselves from destroying ourselves. And because that’s the case, God will never allow us to destroy Christmas. Craig D. Lounsbrough
A wise person is silent and rarely wants to show his wisdom. A fool is always vocal and uses every opportunity to show his foolishness. Debasish Mridha
One of the greatest evils is the foolishness of a good man. For the giving man to withhold helping someone in order to first assure personal fortification is not selfish, but to elude needless self-destruction; martyrdom is only practical when the thought is to die, else a good man faces the consequence of digging a hole from which he cannot escape, and truly helps no one in the long run. Mike Norton
Thankfully, the nature of pain reminds us of what the ease of pleasure foolishly allows us to forget. Craig D. Lounsbrough
Only in this world of topsy-turvy attitudes could outright stupidity, such as I had displayed, be something that got me high marks. I had an amused glimmering of a notion at that point: If I ever turned out to be a complete and utter fool, I could wind up running the whole kingdom. It was something to consider. Peter David
I remember so many things [.. .] The problem is, only half of them are true .. . and the half which is true keeps changing places with the half which is false. Peter David
Foolish minds will entertain you, but confuse minds will irritate you. Amit Kalantri
How foolish to believe we are more powerful than the sea or the sky. Ruta Sepetys
There is a very thin line of demarcation between bravery and foolhardiness. Anurag Shourie
Let the fools hold on to their treasured stupidity Let yourself be safe in wisdom with much rapidity Munia Khan
You are believing not in your god but in yourself if your god knows no better than you do...and yet, in this alone, I am afraid, you have already been fooling yourself. Criss Jami
I know you don't believe what you teach. But I believe all what you teach. Either I am the fool or you are. Prinx Maurice
I had given up the church, more because of its complicity with slavery than from a full understanding of the foolishness of its creeds. Lucy N. Colman
The stupidity of people comes from having an answer for everything. The wisdom of the novel comes from having a question for everything. Milan Kundera
Anyone that says his mind will be probably regarded a fool, but the true artist is not moved by the comments about the looks of his painting or remarks that are dreadfully sarcastic, but hearken now! That he who says what others want to hear hasn't said anything of his own. Michael Bassey Johnson
I could be living the best and happiest of lives if only I were not a fool. Unknown
With too much pride a man cannot learn a thing. In and of itself, learning teaches you how foolish you are. Criss Jami
Foolishness sleeps soundly, while knowledge turns with each thinking hour, longing for the dawn of answers. Anthony Liccione
It’s a race between your foolishness and your allotted days. Good luck. Mark Slouka
Why is it when I pursue the praises of men I find myself with everything that I’ve looked for but nothing that I need? That’s because I have an extraordinary habit of looking for the wrong thing in the wrong place. Craig D. Lounsbrough
There’s no easier way to cure foolishness than to give a man leave to be foolish. And the only way to show a fellow that he’s chosen the wrong business is to let him try it. George Horace Lorimer
Some people spend the best part of their lives living the dreams of others Bangambiki Habyarimana
Luthicer hummed. "You're either brave or very foolish." "What's the difference?" (Eric) Shannon A. Thompson
To deny the existence of God would be to close your eyes to the beauty around you, to close your ears to the symphony of nature, to close your nostrils to the scents wafting on the breeze, to close your mouth to the delicacies of nourishment, to close your hands to the feel of luxury, to close your mind to the ability to think, and to close your heart to the only love that can penetrate the depths of the soul. For in Him all things consist, in Him we live, and move, and have our being, and without Him we cannot help but be fools. J.E.B. Spredemann
It is hard to befool a fool who has already been fooled so many times Munia Khan
Due north’ on my compass is largely ‘due’ to the fact that in ‘due’ time I have been ‘unduly’ lax in recalibrating my compass. And I’m apparently ignorant enough to wonder why I’m lost. Craig D. Lounsbrough
I thought myself sufficiently shrewd to make whatever decisions I wanted to make, and then to be able to sufficiently steer those decisions away from the rather dark and nasty places they would naturally take me. And I stand oddly perplexed that suddenly everything around me is dark and nasty. Craig D. Lounsbrough
To avoid the cost incurred in pursuing great things we opt for ease and blithely abandon great things. The sheer recklessness of such a pathetically apathetic trade-off will eventually cost us a life squandered, which in the end is the greatest cost of all. Craig D. Lounsbrough
As I, my real self, grew older, I entered more and more into the substance of my dreams. One may dream, and even in the midst of the dream be aware that he is dreaming, and if the dream be bad, comfort himself with the thought that it is only a dream. This is a common experience with all of us. And so it was that I, the modern, often entered into my dreaming, and in the consequent strange dual personality was both actor and spectator. And right often have I, the modern, been perturbed and vexed by the foolishness, illogic, obtuseness, and general all-round stupendous stupidity of myself, the primitive. Jack London
The suicide committed by Sampson was partly determined by the craftiness of Delilah and partly decided by the disobedience of Sampson. Satan uses crafty means to set traps for us, but by our obedience of the laws of God, the traps remain functionless. Israelmore Ayivor
When you are gunning to be like other people, you are foolishly repeating their mistakes, and the worst of it all is that you can't even correct yours. Michael Bassey Johnson
Foolishness is darkness. Lailah Gifty Akita
For My people are foolish, They know Me not; They are stupid children And have no understanding. They are shrewd to do evil, But to do good they do not know. Jeremiah 4 22
Wisdom is unwanted in the colony of fools. Bamigboye Olurotimi
Youth is a failing only tooeasily outgrown. Agatha Christie
How foolish to yearn to ask the very person who'd caused the pain to heal it Judith McNaught
Each dark conjecture came and for a moment settled like a vulture on Bond's shoulder and croaked into his ear that he had been a blind fool. Ian Fleming
Until you're ready to look foolish, you'll never have the possibility of being great. Cher
Vigilance of the wisest kind is to incessantly remain open to the reality that what I ‘see’ is but a single thread and solitary shard of what ‘is’, for to assume otherwise is to surrender the wisdom of vigilance to the decay of ignorance. Craig D. Lounsbrough
We do not now stand in the middle; in every aspect of our life we have, deliberately or by the 'conditioning' of birth, education or environment, allowed ourselves to stand on one bank of the river of life, with some intolerance of those who were foolish enough to choose or be led to stand on the other. Thus we are male or female, old or young, of the East of West. By temperament we are introvert or extrovert, leaders of followers, all for action or striving rather to be. It surely follows that we should be more tolerant of the other fellow, equally right/wrong, and be less swift to judge him with our ignorant, lop-sided view and definite disapproval. In any event, do we have to express an opinion, presume to judge? . Christmas Humphreys
But if you're gonna dine with them cannibals Sooner or later, darling, you're gonna get eaten .. . Nick Cave
Nearly everyday life leans over and says, ‘Come on down! ’ But standing at the bottom looking up, it’s finally dawned on me that it’s not these invitations that have dug this hole. Rather, it’s the fact that I accepted them. Craig D. Lounsbrough
Over intellect will make you a genius, over emotions will make you a lunatic. Amit Kalantri
Starting over begins when I develop a reawakened appreciation for what I already have, a renewed recognition of what I’ve recklessly forsaken, a rehabilitated understanding that I foolishly do both of those things, and a revitalized commitment to live the rest of my life never doing either of them again. Craig D. Lounsbrough
The pessimist may call the optimist a fool; but who is more foolish, the happy individual who expects more happiness or the one who fills his life with bitterness and has only more despair to look forward to? Wayne Gerard Trotman
The foolishness of youth with the cynicism of age is a dangerous combination. Murad S. Shah
We were young and thought we were invincible and we threw ourselves into the gears of history and it ground us up. Ian McDonald
Its foolishness to claim that one is faithful towards God, when one is habitual of breaking the trust of those who love and respect him. Santosh Thankachan
Has he written to you?'' He writes frequently.'' Shew me his letters this instant, I order you'; and M. de Renal added six feet to his stature. Stendhal
To declare myself as a genius immediately evidences that I am not. Craig D. Lounsbrough
The magi, as you know, were wise men--wonderfully wise men--who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents. Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication. And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. O all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi. O. Henry
Adults were constantly auditioning, but for what? Alison Espach
A god who gave us everything we wanted would be the most malevolent god of all. With an infantile curiosity, we insist on tasting the cockroach on the floor while our father is preparing a magnificent feast for us. Criss Jami
If we all knew who God really was and what he really wanted for each and every one of us, we would all know that only a fool could really deny him. Criss Jami
How many times has our conscience firmly prompted us to ‘draw the line, ’ and we showed up with an eraser? Craig D. Lounsbrough