foolishness

A Quote by Maurice Freehill on children, darkness, and foolishness

Who is more foolish - the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light?

Maurice Freehill

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A Quote by Mark Twain on animals, army, buddhism, catholicism, cats, chaos, christianity, dogs, foolishness, friendship, learning, life, peace, salvation, simplicity, and truth

Man is the Reasoning Animal. Such is the claim. I think it is open to dispute. Indeed, my experiments have proven to me that he is the Unreasoning Animal . . . In truth, man is incurably foolish. Simple things which other animals easily learn, he is incapable of learning. Among my experiments was this. In an hour I taught a cat and a dog to be friends. I put them in a cage. In another hour I taught them to be friends with a rabbit. In the course of two days I was able to add a fox, a goose, a squirrel and some doves. Finally a monkey. They lived together in peace; even affectionately. Next, in another cage I confined an Irish Catholic from Tipperary, and as soon as he seemed tame I added a Scotch Presbyterian from Aberdeen. Next a Turk from Constantinople; a Greek Christian from Crete; an Armenian; a Methodist from the wilds of Arkansas; a Buddhist from China; a Brahman from Benares. Finally, a Salvation Army Colonel from Wapping. Then I stayed away for two whole days. When I came back to note results, the cage of Higher Animals was all right, but in the other there was but a chaos of gory odds and ends of turbans and fezzes and plaids and bones and flesh-not a specimen left alive. These Reasoning Animals had disagreed on a theological detail and carried the matter to a Higher Court.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Source: Mark Twain, Letters from the Earth, A Fawcett Crest Book, Greenwich, Conn., 1962

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A Quote by Mark Twain on books, conscience, conviction, foolishness, friendship, good, idealism, and life

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. (The conviction of the rich that the poor are happier is no more foolish than the conviction of the poor that the rich are.)

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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A Quote by Marcus Fabius Quintilian on foolishness and wishes

Those who wish to appear wise among fools among the wise seem foolish.

Marcus Fabius Quintilian (c. 35 - 95)

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A Quote by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus on brevity, change, foolishness, future, life, nature, past, present, time, and universe

Think often of how swiftly all things pass away and are no more - the works of Nature and the works of man. The substance of the Universe, matter, is like unto a river that flows on forever. All things are not only in a constant state of change, but they are the cause of constant and infinite change in other things. Upon a narrow ledge thou standouts! Behind thee, the bottomless abyss of the Past! In front of thee, the Future that will swallow up all things that are now. Over what things, then, in this present life wilt thou, O foolish man, be disquieted or exalted - making thyself wretched; seeing that they can vex thee only for a time - a brief, brief time!

Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180)

Source: Meditations

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A Quote by Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé on blindness, darkness, facts, foolishness, ignorance, people, persuasion, and questions

There are petty-minded people who cannot endure to be reminded of their ignorance because, since they are usually quite blind to all things, quite foolish, and quite ignorant, they never question anything, and are persuaded that they see clearly what in fact they never see at all, save through the darkness of their own dispositions.

Magdeleine Sable (c. 1599 - 1678)

Source: the Marquise Sablé’s work is in Maxims and Various Thoughts (Maximes et pensées diverses) 1678

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A Quote by Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé on foolishness

We must accustom ourselves to the follies of others and not be astonished at the foolishness that takes place in our presence.

Magdeleine Sable (c. 1599 - 1678)

Source: the Marquise Sablé’s work is in Maxims and Various Thoughts (Maximes et pensées diverses) 1678

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A Quote by Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé on commitment, foolishness, and laughter

The foolish acts of others ought to serve more as a lesson to us than an occasion to laugh at those who commit them.

Magdeleine Sable (c. 1599 - 1678)

Source: the Marquise Sablé’s work is in Maxims and Various Thoughts (Maximes et pensées diverses) 1678

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A Quote by Loyd J. Ericson on approval, foolishness, god, idealism, inspiration, judgment, meaning, solution, spirit, and spirituality

If the new-found ideal solution to an issue is inspired of God, it will often not make sense to some persons upon whom we have occasionally relied for approval - persons who are sometimes well meaning, but not inspired. The Apostle Paul wrote, "The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man." 1 Corinthians 2:14,15

Loyd J. Ericson

Source: Loyd J. Ericson, The Sower and the Divine Pattern of Progress, Boise, Idaho, 1998

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A Quote by Louisa May Alcott on despair, foolishness, hope, and vanity

Rome took all the vanity out of me; for after seeing the wonders there, I felt too insignificant to live, and gave up all my foolish hopes in despair.

Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888)

Source: Amy March, in Little Women, pt. 2, ch. 16, 1869.

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