Foolishness Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old foolishness quotes, foolishness sayings, and foolishness proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

Khalil Gibran

Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes from our foolishness.     

Sacha Guitry

Foolishness is rarely a matter of lack of intelligence or even lack of information.     

John McCarthy

The two most abundant things in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.     

Harlan Elison

People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actually fools.     

Alice Walker

With too much pride a man cannot learn a thing. In and of itself, learning teaches you how foolish you are.     

Criss Jami

If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.     


Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.     

Marcus Tullius Cicero

The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinion.     

James Russell Lowell

I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.     

Edith Sitwell

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change.     


Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.     

William Shakespeare

Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.      

African Proverb

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.      

English Proverb

The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is to let him have his way.      

Josh Billings

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result.     

Albert Einstein

A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one.     


A fellow who is always declaring that he's no fool, usually has his suspicions.     

Wilson Mizner

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.     

Mark Twain