Foolish Fools and the Fools Who Fool Them



Happy April Fool’s Day!

This week’s post is a pithy collection of a dozen quotes about fools.

If you have a favorite that you don’t see here, please add it in the comments…

Joe Kerr


Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
— William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night


Who’s the more foolish: the fool, or the fool who follows him?
— Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope


The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.
— Samuel Butler, Notebooks


If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.
— W. C. Fields


They that are fated to be fools, have one consolation, that they are fated also to be ignorant of it.
— Norman MacDonald, Maxims and Moral Reflections


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


Don’t approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side.
— Jewish Proverb


Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.
— Anon. (or maybe Plato ;-))


A fool follows his own wisdom and makes his own mistakes but a Wise man learns from the mistakes of fools.
— Luelle Davis


Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.
— Abraham Lincoln or Mark Twain or ?!?!?
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You can fool some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool Mom. She’s pretty nice and she’s pretty smart. If you listen to Mom you won’t go far wrong.
— Captain Penny (click here for more info)


Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will want to use it.
— George Bernard Shaw



7 thoughts on “Foolish Fools and the Fools Who Fool Them

  1. Joe, back in the day, I played the fool in King Lear. The irony of Lear’s Fool was that he was the bearer of wisdom, where it was the King himself who was really the fool. Sayeth Lear’s Fool: “He’s mad, that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse’s health, a boy’s love, or a whore’s oath.”

    • Well spake! It’s often the fool’s words that are allowed to be spoken in even the most controlled societies. Funny but true.

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