Fools Sayings and Quotes

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

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.     

Winston S. Churchill

The world is full of fools, and he who would not see it should live alone and smash his mirror.     

Claude Le Petit

I don't argue with fools; I educate.     

Shannon L. Alder

Fools may have the greatest repository of knowledge but will never attain wisdom.     

Caleb Ricketts

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.     


Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.     

Alexander Pope

There are more fools than wise men, and even in the wise man himself there is more folly than wisdom.     


The greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.     

Charles Caleb Colton

Men may live fools, but fools they cannot die.     

Edward Young

With fools forbear to argue--better strive to wake the dead.     


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

African Proverb

Fools build houses, and wise men buy them.     

English Proverb

The fool is always beginning to live.     


There are two kinds of fools: those who can't change their opinions and those who won't.     

Josh Billings

Take all the fools out of this world and there wouldn't be any fun living in it, or profit.     

Josh Billings

Greatest fools are the most often satisfied.     

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

Arguing with a fool proves there are two.     

Doris M. Smith

It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own.     


Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.     


There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man.     


The greatest fools are ofttimes more clever than the men who laugh at them.     

George R.R. Martin

Too many men are afraid of being fools.     

Henry Ford

There are two fools in this world. One is the millionaire who thinks that by hoarding money he can somehow accumulate real power, and the other is the penniless reformer who thinks that if only he can take the money from one class and give it to another, all the world's ills will be cured.     

Henry Ford

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.     

William Shakespeare

A foolish man is always doing,Yet much remains to be done.     

Lao Tzu

Fools give you reasons, wise men never try.     

Oscar Hammerstein

Humanity is a parade of fools, and I am at the front of it, twirling a baton.     

Dean Koontz

Wise men learn by other men's mistakes, fools by their own.     

H. G. Bohn

Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.     

Cato the Elder

Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.     

Benjamin Franklin

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.     

Herbert Spencer

Hurry is the weakness of fools.     

Baltasar Graciàn

Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men.     

Thomas H. Huxley

No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.     

Ben Jonson

Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.     


Young people tell what they are doing, old people what they have done and fools what they wish to do.     

French Proverb

He who laughs at everything is as big a fool as he who weeps at everything.     

Baltasar Gracian

The fool has set in his heart that he can get more money through the tiring of his muscle and the starvation of his brain—but he can’t.     

William D. Hoard

He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom.     

James Gibbons Huneker

There are two kinds of fools. One says, 'This is old, therefore it is good.' The other says, 'This is new, therefore it is better.'     

William Ralph Inge

Sometimes a fool has talent, but never judgment.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

An erudite fool is a greater fool than an ignorant fool.     


An erudite fool is a greater fool than an ignorant fool.     


Wise men profit more from fools than fools from wise men; for the wise men shun the mistakes of fools, but fools do not imitate the successes of the wise.     

Marcus Porcius Cato

When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.     

William Shakespeare

Let us be thankful for the fools; but for them the rest of us could not succeed.     

Mark Twain

A fool is his own informer.     

Yiddish Proverb

By their own follies they perished, the fools.     


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

Gaius Petronius

He is a fool who leaves things close at hand to follow what is out of reach.     


Thus we play the fools with the time, and the spirits of the wise sit in the clouds and mock us.     

William Shakespeare

Always the dullness of the fool is the whetstone of the wits.     

William Shakespeare

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

William Shakespeare

God give them wisdom that have it; and those that are tools, let them use their talents.     

William Shakespeare

I do not attack fools, but foolishness.     

Jacques du Laurens

Some are bewilder'd in the maze of schools, / And some made coxcombs nature meant but fools.     

Alexander Pope

Greatest fools are oft most satisfied.     

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

A fool there was and he made his prayer / (Even as you and I!) / To a rag and a bone and hank of hair / (We called her the woman who did not care) / But the fool he called her his lady fair— / (Even as you and I!)      

Rudyard Kipling

The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.     

Baltasar Gracian

Fools, through false shame, conceal their open wounds.     


A wise man may look ridiculous in the company of fools.     

Thomas Fuller

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.     

William Blake

And here, poor fool, with all my lore I stand no wiser than before.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Fools act on imagination without knowledge, pedants act on knowledge without imagination.     

Alfred North Whitehead

The learned is happy, nature to explore, the fool Is happy, that he knows no more.     

Alexander Pope

A fool and his money are soon parted.     

George Buchanan

Great men undertake great things because they are great; fools, because they think them easy.     

Luc de Clapiers Marquis de Vauvenargues

I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should appear like a fool but be wise.     

Charles Montesquieu

A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.     

Baltasar Gracian

Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.      

Elbert Hubbard

A wise man fights to win, but he is twice a fool who has no plan for possible defeat.     

Louis L'Amour

For God's sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself.     

Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Chinese Proverb

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.     

Douglas Adams

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes.     

Bible (Proverbs 12:15)

If a fool could keep silent he would not be a fool.     

Swedish Proverb

If every fool wore a crown, we should all be kings.     

Welsh Proverb

Learned fools are the greatest fools.     

German Proverb

No one is a fool always, everyone sometimes.     

Roman Proverb

One fool always finds a greater fool to admire him.     

French Proverb

Only a fool leans upon his own misunderstanding.      

Jamaican Proverb

The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned; but still 'tis nonsense.     

Benjamin Franklin

A fool at forty is a fool indeed.     

Edward Young

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. / Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.     

Bible (Proverbs 26:4)

As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.     

Bible (Proverbs 26:11)

The idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone, / All centuries but this, and every country but his own.     

W.S. Gilbert

Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, / And fools, who came to scoff, remained to pray.     

Oliver Goldsmith

The method by which the fool arrives at his folly was as dear to him as the ultimate wisdom of the wise.      

Oscar Wilde

Remember that the fool in the eyes of the gods and the fool in the eyes of man are very different.     

Oscar Wilde

The real fool, such as the gods mock or mar, is he who does not know himself.      

Oscar Wilde

Ah! I prefer a gentlemanly fool any day. There is more to be said for stupidity than people imagine. Personally I have a great admiration for stupidity. It is a sort of fellow-feeling, I suppose.     

Oscar Wilde

Many talk like philosophers, and live like fools.     

H. G. Bohn

A fool is like other men as long as he is silent.     

Jacob Cats

A fool . . . says little, but that little said owes all its weight, like loaded dice, to lead.     

William Cowper

[He] may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don't let that fool you: He really is an idiot.     

Groucho Marx

Yet fools and children sometimes tell in play / Some, wise in show, more fools indeed than they.     

Michael Drayton

O Fool, try to carry thyself upon thy own shoulders! / O beggar, to come beg at thy own door!      

Rabindranath Tagore

Oh! a private buffoon is a light-hearted loon, / If you listen to popular rumour; / From morning to night he's so joyous and bright, / And he bubbles with wit and good humour!     

William Schwenck Gilbert

Come along, Fool / A direct hit of the senses you are disconnected / It's not that it's bad, it's not that it's death / It's just on the tip of your tongue, and you're so silent     

Chan Marshall

He is no fool / If he would choose / To give the thing he cannot keep / To buy what he can never lose     

Twila Paris

Who is more a fool: the fool, or he who follows the fool?      


Everybody is somebody's fool.      

Michael O'Hara

Fool me once. Fool me twice. Fool me chicken soup with rice.     

Todd Chavez

Fool me once, shame on you, but teach a man to fool me, and I'll be fooled for the rest of my life.      

Virgil van Cleef

Maybe we're all fools and none of it matters.      

Jack Crabb

Oh sir, we're all fools for most of our lives. It's unavoidable.      

Jean Valjean

I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays. You can't go anywhere without meeting clever people. The thing has become an absolute public nuisance. I wish to goodness we still had a few fools left.      

Jack Worthing