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Foolproof systems do not take into account the ingenuity of fools.
~ Gene Brown

 

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Fools are without number.
~ Desiderius Erasmus

 

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Fools build houses, and wise men buy them.
~ English Proverb

 

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Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread.
~ Alexander Pope

 

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Fortune, seeing that she could not make fools wise, has made them lucky.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

 

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Greatest fools are the most often satisfied.
~ Nicholas Boileau

 

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He is a fool that kisseth the maid when he may kiss the mistress.
~ English Proverb

 

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He is mad past recovery, but yet he has lucid intervals.
~ Miguel De Cervantes

 

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He uses his folly like a stalking-horse, and under the presentation of that he shoots his wit.
~ William Shakespeare

 

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

 

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He who knows he who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool, shun him; He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is a child, teach him. He who knows, and knows not that he knows, is asleep, wake him. He who knows, and knows that he knows, is wise, follow him.
~ Persian Proverb

 

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He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld

 

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How many fools does it take to make up a public?
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort

 

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However big the fool, there is always a bigger fool to admire him.
~ Nicholas Boileau

 

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I was young and foolish then; now I am old and foolisher.
~ Mark Twain

 

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If a man fools me once, shame on him. If he fools me twice, shame on me.
~ Chinese Proverb

 

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If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
~ Bertrand Russell

 

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In days gone by, we were afraid of dying in dishonor or a state of sin. Nowadays, we are afraid of dying fools. Now the fact is that there is no Extreme Unction to absolve us of foolishness. We endure it here on earth as subjective eternity.
~ Jean Baudrillard

 

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In life, each of us must sometimes play the fool.
~ Yiddish Proverb

 

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In short, no association or alliance can be happy or stable without me. People can't long tolerate a ruler, nor can a master his servant, a maid her mistress, a teacher his pupil, a friend his friend nor a wife her husband, a landlord his tenant, a soldier his comrade nor a party-goer his companion, unless they sometimes have illusions about each other, make use of flattery, and have the sense to turn a blind eye and sweeten life for themselves with the honey of folly.
~ Desiderius Erasmus

 

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