1. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
2. There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.
3. The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
4. Any fool can criticize, complain, and condemn—and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.
5. The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.
6. Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.
7. When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.
8. A man who trusts everyone is a fool and a man who trusts no one is a fool. We are all fools if we live long enough.
9. He who hesitates is a damned fool.
10. The greatest fools are ofttimes more clever than the men who laugh at them.
11. The young people think the old people are fools — but the old people know the young people are fools.
12. Always remember… Rumors are carried by haters, spread by fools, and accepted by idiots.
13. A fool with a heart and no sense is just as unhappy as a fool with sense and no heart.
14. A genius in the wrong position could look like a fool.
15. There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.
16. We’re all fools,” said Clemens, “all the time. It’s just we’re a different kind each day. We think, I’m not a fool today. I’ve learned my lesson. I was a fool yesterday but not this morning. Then tomorrow we find out that, yes, we were a fool today too. I think the only way we can grow and get on in this world is to accept the fact we’re not perfect and live accordingly.
17. A learned fool is more a fool than an ignorant fool.
18. Buy a gift for a dog, and you’ll be amazed at the way it will dance and swerve its tail, but if don’t have anything to offer to it, it won’t even recognize your arrival; such are the attributes of fake friends.
19. I became good at pretending. I became so good that after a while the lines blurred between my truth and fiction. And sometimes, when I did a really good job of pretending, I even fooled myself.
20. Those who wish to seek out the cause of miracles and to understand the things of nature as philosophers, and not to stare at them in astonishment like fools, are soon considered heretical and impious, and proclaimed as such by those whom the mob adores as the interpreters of nature and the gods. For these men know that, once ignorance is put aside, that wonderment would be taken away, which is the only means by which their authority is preserved.
21. We fool ourselves so much we could do it for a living.
22. A society without democracy is a society of slaves and fools.
23. Bitter people are not interested in what you say, but what you hide.
24. Hain’t we got all the fools in town on our side? And hain’t that a big enough majority in any town?
25. Compromise is a stalling between two fools.
26. To every rule there is an exception—and an idiot ready to demonstrate it. Don’t be the one!
27. Fools make feasts and wise men eat them.
28. What glitters may not be gold; and even wolves may smile; and fools will be led by promises to their deaths.
29. Wise men profit more by fools than fools by wise men.
30. Everyone gets scared at times. It’s only the fools who won’t admit it.
31. The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.
32. There are more fools in the world than there are people.
33. The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so sure of themselves and wiser people so full of doubt.
34. For in Paris, whenever God puts a pretty woman there (the streets), the Devil, in reply, immediately puts a fool to keep her.
35. I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays. You can’t go anywhere without meeting clever people. The thing has become an absolute public nuisance. I wish to goodness we had a few fools left.
36. No matter how valuable you are and your ideas, fools will certainly play both of you down, so exclude yourselves from the inflammatory environs of fools.
37. A knavish speech sleeps in a fool’s ear.
38. Any fool can hope when success lies plainly in view. It wants genuine strength to hope when matters are hopeless.
39. Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other, and scarce in that.
40. Many men talk like philosophers and live like fools.
41. Where two principles really do meet which cannot be reconciled with one another, then each man declares the other a fool and a heretic
42. Don’t show a friend your gift, or your bag of money if you still want to maintain your relationship, but if nay, go on, and all you’ll see is hate and jealousy, and you’ll fight with him in the street like a dog and all you’ll feel is regret.
43. Some people will insult your intelligence by suddenly being nice or nicer to you once you make it … or they think you have.
44. We all know we’re one day closer to the end when we wake up in the morning. We just kid ourselves that it’s not happening.
45. optimism, n. The doctrine, or belief, that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly, everything good, especially the bad, and everything right that is wrong. It is held with greatest tenacity by those most accustomed to the mischance of falling into adversity, and is most acceptably expounded with disproof – an intellectual disorder, yielding to no treatment but death. It is hereditary, but fortunately not contagious.
46. But heroes, at times, had to be fools.
47. Fools talk, cowards silence , wise men listen
48. It’s never permitted to be surprised at the aberrations of born fools.
49. As time moves on the line will blur. It will no longer seem to be the simplicity of good versus evil, but good versus fools who think they are good
50. Foolish men always believe that a little knowledge will give them control over the world, but it is no more than a display of their vanity.
51. I would never say, to justify a lapse in principle, “I am only human”–as though that were some kind of justification for weakness, moral weakness. Flesh and blood is much, much stronger than fools believe.
52. The world is full of fools, and he who would not see it should live alone and smash his mirror.
53. Nothing complements a fast mind better than a slow tongue. And nothing aggravates a slow mind better than a fast tongue.
54. Most folks don’t have but a few days to a week’s worth of food in their houses at any given time. When they run out, they’ll have to forage. Only the fools will forage in town. The smart ones will look on the outskirts
55. Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools that don’t have brains enough to be honest.
56. The world loves to be amused by hollow professions, to be deceived by flattering appearances, to live in a state of hallucination; and can forgive everything but the plain, downright, simple, honest truth
57. If it’s true what is said, that only the wise discover the wise, then it must also be true that the lone wolf symbolizes either the biggest fool on the planet or the biggest Einstein on the planet.
58. Labeled fools to the world are geniuses to the cosmos.
59. What have you done when you have bested a fool?
60. To expect to be kissed having bad breath is the secret of a fool.