foolishness

A Quote by Thomas Vernor Smith on anxiety, army, belief, bitterness, chance, day, death, disaster, dreams, endurance, foolishness, freedom, friendship, glory, government, heart, hope, ignorance, laughter, life, losing, patience, peace, people, pity, powe

No man made great by death offers more hope to lowly pride than does Abraham Lincoln; for while living he was himself so simple as often to be dubbed a fool. Foolish he was, they said, in losing his youthful heart to a grave and living his life on married patience; foolish in pitting his homely ignorance against Douglas, brilliant, courtly, and urbane; foolish in setting himself to do the right in a world where the day goes mostly to the strong; foolish in dreaming of freedom for a long-suffering folk whom the North is as anxious to keep out as the South was to keep down; foolish in choosing the silent Grant to lead to victory the hesitant armies of the North; foolish, finally, in presuming that government for the people must be government of the people and by the people. Foolish many said; foolish many, many believed. This Lincoln, whom so many living friends and foes alike deemed foolish, hid his bitterness in laughter; fed his sympathy on solitude; and met recurring disaster with whimsicality to muffle the murmur of a bleeding heart. Out of the tragic sense of life he pitied where others blamed; bowed his own shoulders with the woes of the weak; endured humanely his little day of chance power; and won through death what life disdains to bestow upon such simple souls - lasting peace and everlasting glory.

Thomas Vernor Smith

Source: Illinois Senate, Feb 12,’35, Lincoln's 126th birthday —Smith, Lincoln, Living Legend, pp. 3-5

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A Quote by Thomas S. Monson on foolishness, god, learning, men, mortality, and wisdom

Remember, the wisdom of God may appear as foolishness to men, but the greatest single lesson we can learn in mortality is that when God speaks and a man obeys, that man will always be right.

Thomas S. Monson (1927 -)

Source: Friend December, 1988, “They Spoke to Us” © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc.Used by permission.

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A Quote by Thomas Fuller on debt, foolishness, friendship, repentance, rest, and thought

Lord, often have I thought to myself, I will sin but this one sin more, and then I will repent of it, and of all the rest of my sins together. So foolish was I, and ignorant. As if I should be more able to pay my debts when I owe more: or as if I should say, I will wound my friend once again, and then I will lovingly shake hands with him - but what if my friend will not shake hands with me?

Thomas Fuller (1608 - 1661)

Source: Good Thoughts in Bad Times

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A Quote by Sophocles on deed, foolishness, judgment, and present

And if my present deeds are foolish in thy sight, it may be that a foolish judge arraigns my folly.

Sophocles (496 - 406 BC)

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A Quote by Sidonie Gabrielle Claudine Colette on enthusiasm and foolishness

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.

Sidonie Gabrielle Claudine Colette (1873 - 1954)

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A Quote by Robert Burton on foolishness

Penny wise, pound foolish.

Robert Burton (1577 - 1640)

Source: Anatomy of Melancholy

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A Quote by Robert Burns on foolishness and power

Oh wad some power the giftie gie us To see oursel's as others see us! It wad frae monie a blunder free us, And foolish notion.

Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)

Source: To a Louse.

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A Quote by Richard David Bach on anger, choice, consequences, cruelty, foolishness, funny, health, helpful, kindness, laziness, life, patience, sacrifice, selfishness, sharing, stupidity, and tolerance

Life does not require us to be consistent, cruel, patient, helpful, angry, rational, thoughtless, loving, rash, open-minded, neurotic, careful, rigid, tolerant, wasteful, rich, downtrodden, gentle, sick, considerate, funny, stupid, healthy, greedy, beautiful, lazy, responsive, foolish, sharing, pressured, intimate, hedonistic, industrious, manipulative, insightful, capricious, wise, selfish, kind or sacrificed. Life does, however, require us to live with the consequences of our choices.

Richard Bach (1936 -)

Source: Running

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on foolishness

The wise know that foolish legislation is a rope of sand, which perishes in the twisting.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on foolishness and society

Society always consists in the greatest part, of young and foolish persons.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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