Quotes about fools

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

—  William Blake English Romantic poet and artist 1757 - 1827

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„The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.“

—  Arthur Schopenhauer German philosopher 1788 - 1860

Source: Religion: A Dialogue and Other Essays

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„Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.“

—  Bob Marley Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981

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„Look down at me and you see a fool; look up at me and you see a god; look straight at me and you see yourself.“

—  Charles Manson American criminal and musician 1934 - 2017

As quoted in 101 People You Won't Meet in Heaven: The Twisted Achievements of the Most Brutal and Sadistic Individuals the World Has Ever Known (2007) by Michael Powell, p. 148

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

—  Wilson Mizner American writer 1876 - 1933

"Maxims Old and New", All of a Piece: New Essays https://books.google.com/books?id=4vEQAAAAMAAJ&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=%22A+fellow+who+is+always+declaring+he%27s+no+fool+usually+has+his+suspicions.%22 (1937), edited by Edward Verrall Lucas, p. 52.

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„A fool is someone whose pencil wears out before its eraser does.“

—  Marilyn vos Savant US American magazine columnist, author and lecturer 1946

As quoted in The Truth in Words: Inspiring Quotes for the Reflective Mind (2002) by Paras, p. 92

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„A fool sees himself as another, but a wise man sees others as himself.“

—  Dogen Japanese Zen buddhist teacher 1200 - 1253

Source: How to Cook Your Life: From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment

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„Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand.“

—  Martin Fowler British programmer 1963

Source: Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code, 1999, p. 15

„What kind of fool am I?
I never fell in love.“

—  Lesley Bricusse English composer, lyricist and playwright 1931

Song What kind of fool am I?

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„A diamond was laying in the street covered with dirt. Many fools passed by. Someone who knew diamonds picked it up.“

—  Kabir Indian mystic poet 1440 - 1518

Sakhi, 171; translation by Yashwant K. Malaiya based on that of Puran Sahib.

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