foolishness

A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on humanity, sin, wickedness, foolishness, set it right, and rationality

No man treats a motorcar as foolishly as he treats another human being. When the car will not go, he does not attribute its annoying behavior to sin; he does not say, 'You are a wicked motorcar, and I shall not give you any more petrol until you go.' He attempts to find out what is wrong and to set it right.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on consistency, foolishness, and mistakes

Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on pain, foolishness, bliss, knowledge, eternal wisdom, eternal, wisdom, sun, in vain, and vain

Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on concern, foolishness, and soul

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. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall...

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: The Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Modern Library)

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on foolishness and wit

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: Twelfth Night, Act 1, Scene 5

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on wisdom, foolishness, and self-knowledge

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: As You Like It, Act 5, Scene 1

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on foolishness, needs, reward, service, speech, and understanding

rosencrantz: Do you take me for a sponge, my lord? hamlet: Ay, sir; that soaks up the king's countenance, his rewards, his authorities. But such officers do the king best service in the end: he keeps them, like an ape, in the corner of his jaw; first mouthed, to be last swallowed: when he needs what you have gleaned, it is but squeezing you, and, sponge, you shall be dry again. rosencrantz: I understand you not, my lord. hamlet: I am glad of it: a knavish speech sleeps in a foolish ear.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: Hamlet, Act IV, scene ii.

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A Quote by William of Baskerville on cleverness and foolishness

So, rather than appear foolish afterward, I renounce seeming clever now.

William of Baskerville

Source: The Name of the Rose

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on foolishness, god, life, tears, and world

She bid me take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs; But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears. The years like great black oxen tread the world And God the herdsman goads them on behind And I am broken by their passing feet.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Countess Cathleen, 1892, last lines

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on agreement, foolishness, garden, and love

Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet; She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet. She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Crossways, 1889. Down by the Salley Gardens

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