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.

Can't see the forest for the trees.      


Don't cry over spilt milk.      

James Howell

Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.      

Mid 14th century French Proverb

Don't try to reinvent the wheel.      


Fools and scissors require good handling.      

Japanese (on foolishness)

Fools are like other folks as long as they are silent.      

Danish (on foolishness)

Fools rush in where wise men fear to tread.      

Alexander Pope

If you buy things you don't need, you will soon be selling things you do need.      

Pampango - Filipino (on buying and selling)

If you follow a fool, you are a fool yourself.      

Jamaican (on foolishness)

It is a foolish sheep that makes the wolf its confessor.      

Italian (on common sense)

It is a fool's sheep that breaks loose twice.      

Ashanti (West African) (on foolishness)

It's better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.      


Only a fool hates that which he knows nothing about.      


Only the foolish visit the land of the cannibals.      

Maori (on foolishness)

Philosophy as well as foppery often changes fashion.      

Benjamin Franklin

Sing away sorrow, cast away care.      

Miguel de Cervantes

The complete fool is half prophet.      

Yiddish (on foolishness)(Meaning: even a fool is right half the time)

The fool is thirsty in the midst of water.      

Ethiopian (on foolishness)

The fool never undertakes little.      

Czech (on foolishness)

The hero appears only after the tiger is dead.      

Burmese (on cynicism)

The right place at the wrong time.      


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


Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.     


He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.     

Unknown Author

He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.     

J.R.R. Tolkien

If you fear nothing, then you are not brave. You are merely too foolish to be afraid.     

Laurell K. Hamilton

Until you're ready to look foolish, you'll never have the possibility of being great.      


Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.     


Fools build houses, and wise men buy them.     

Unknown Author

Foolishness is indeed the sister of wickedness.