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It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that
which he has the power to obtain by himself.
- Epicurus

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In war as in life, it is often necessary
when some cherished scheme has failed,
to take up the best alternative open,
and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
- Winston Churchill

Experience - the wisdom that enables us to recognise
in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced.
- Ambrose Bierce

Silence is not always a Sign of Wisdom,
but Babbling is ever a folly.
- Benjamin Franklin

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The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery,
a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a
spring of capital truths,
and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.
- Paul Valery

Those who realize their folly are not true fools.
- Zhuangzi

For the subtlest folly proceeds from the subtlest wisdom.
- John Webster


 

War contains so much folly, as well as wickedness,
that much is to be hoped from the progress of reason.
- James Madison

What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity.
We are all formed of frailty and error;
let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly -
that is the first law of nature.
- Voltaire

It may be assumed as an axiom that Providence has never
gifted any political party with all of political wisdom
or blinded it with all of political folly.
- John George Nicolay

True wisdom is less presuming than folly.
The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind;
the fool is obstinate,
and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.
- Akhenaton

In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.'
All issues are political issues,
and politics itself is a mass of lies,
evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.
- George Orwell

It is the folly of too many to mistake the echo of
a London coffee-house for the voice of the kingdom.
- Jonathan Swift

The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury,
our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Wisdom prepares for the worst, but folly leaves the
worst for the day when it comes.
- Richard Cecil

Frequent and loud laughter is the characteristic of folly and ill manners.
- Lord Chesterfield

The Steps to Folly as well as Sin are gradual,
and almost imperceptible, and when we are once on the Decline,
we go down without taking notice on't.
- Mary Astell

'Tis folly to be wise.
- Thomas Gray

His foe was folly and his weapon wit.
- Anthony Hope

At sixty, I know little more about wisdom than I did at thirty,
but I know a great deal more about folly.
- Mason Cooley

The vanity of loving fine clothes and new fashion,
and placing value on ourselves by them is one of the
most childish pieces of folly.
- Matthew Hale

All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people.
- James A. Garfield

To be bowed by grief is folly; Naught is gained by melancholy;
Better than the pain of thinking,
Is to steep the sense in drinking.
- Alcaeus

Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting
that it can only be misery to live in folly,
illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn't -it's human.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly,
better than wise people for their wisdom.
- Elizabeth Gaskell

When lovely woman stoops to folly, and finds too late that men betray,
what charm can soothe her melancholy,
what art can wash her guilt away?
- Oliver Goldsmith

Is there in all the history of human folly a greater
fool than a clergymen in politics?
- Pat Robertson

Human folly does not impede the turning of the stars.
- Tom Robbins

Public opinion is a compound of folly,
weakness, prejudice, wrong feeling, right feeling,
obstinacy, and newspaper paragraphs.
- Robert Peel

My only books were woman's looks, and folly's all they've taught me.
- Thomas More

To become Christ-like is the only thing in the whole world worth caring for,
the thing before which every ambition of man is folly
and all lower achievement vain.
- Henry Drummond

Away with that folly that her rights would be detrimental to her character -
that if she were recognized as the equal to a man she
would cease to be a woman!
- Ernestine Rose

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

We should never rush into folly just because other
nations are practicing it.
- Leon Kass

The preserve of ambition and folly in pursuit of illusion,
or delusion.
- Derek Jarman

The best plan is to profit by the folly of others.
- Pliny the Elder

It is folly to punish your neighbor by fire when you live next door.
- Publilius Syrus

Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy;
profit from folly rather than participate in it.
- Warren Buffett

There is no greater folly in the world than for a man to despair.
- Miguel de Cervantes

But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue?
It is the greatest of all possible evils;
for it is folly,
vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.
- Edmund Burke

Humanity has the stars in its future,
and that future is too important to be lost under the
burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.
- Isaac Asimov

A law can be both economic folly and constitutional.
- Antonin Scalia

And it is a folly to try to craft a novel for the screen,
to write a novel with a screen contract in mind.
- Thomas Keneally

The fool who persists in his folly will become wise.
- William Blake

What a folly to dread the thought of throwing away life at once,
and yet have no regard to throwing it away by parcels and piecemeal.
- John Howe

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly,
is to fill the world with fools.
- Herbert Spencer

There ought to be no laws to guarantee property against
the folly of its possessors.
- William Graham Sumner

There is perhaps no surer mark of folly,
than to attempt to correct natural infirmities of those we love.
- Henry Fielding

The world is neither wise nor just, but it makes up
for all its folly and injustice by being damnably sentimental.
- Thomas Huxley

When knowledge is limited - it leads to folly...
When knowledge exceeds a certain limit,
it leads to exploitation.
- Abu Bakr

I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
- Anatole France

One man's folly is another man's wife.
- Helen Rowland

Courts of law, and all the paraphernalia and folly
of law cannot be found in a rational state of society.
- Robert Owen

At times it is folly to hasten at other times,
to delay.
The wise do everything in its proper time.
- Ovid

To keep your secret is wisdom; to expect others to keep it is folly.
- William Samuel Johnson

Men are happy to be laughed at for their humor,
but not for their folly.
- Jonathan Swift

Folly loves the martyrdom of fame.
- Lord Byron

But I can tell you what your folly and injustice will compel us to do.
It will compel us to be free from your domination,
and more self-reliant than we have been.
- John H. Reagan

Anger begins with folly, and ends with repentance.
- Beverly Sills

Man's wisdom is his best friend; folly his worst enemy.
- William Temple

Of all the passions of mankind, the love of novelty most rules the mind.
In search of this, from realm to realm we roam.
Our fleets come loaded with every folly home.
- Shelby Foote

Always the cat remains a little beyond the limits we
try to set for him in our blind folly.
- Andre Norton

You can do but one of these things; it is folly to attempt anything else,
for there cannot exist a slave confederacy and a free
confederacy side by side upon this continent.
- John Brough

Where ignorance is bliss, 'Tis folly to be wise.
- Thomas Gray

It would be stupid tameness, and unaccountable folly,
for whole nations to suffer one unreasonable,
ambitious and cruel man, to wanton and riot in their misery.
- Jonathan Mayhew

Folly enlarges men's desires while it lessens their capacities.
- Robert South

It is folly to expect men to do all that they may reasonably be expected to do.
- Richard Whately

Genius creates, and taste preserves.
Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste,
genius is only sublime folly.
- Alexander Pope

Much of the wisdom of one age, is the folly of the next.
- Charles Simmons

To take my work seriously would be the height of folly.
- Edward Gorey

I only did my duty to my country when I tried to oppose
the criminal folly of Hitler.
- Wilhelm Canaris


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