Quotes about fools

A collection of quotes on the topic of fools, fool, can, man.

Best quotes about fools

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„Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.“

—  Charles Bukowski American writer 1920 - 1994

Variant: Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.

Albert Einstein photo

„I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

William Shakespeare photo

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

—  William Shakespeare, As You Like It

Touchstone, Act V, scene i
Source: As You Like It (1599–1600)

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„Those who dance appear insane to those who cannot hear the music.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900


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„It's no shame to be born stupid. Only to die stupid.“

—  Erich Maria Remarque, book Three Comrades

Source: Three Comrades

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Jim Morrison photo

„Where's your will to be weird?“

—  Jim Morrison lead singer of The Doors 1943 - 1971

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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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„We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

1960s, A Christmas Sermon (1967)
Variant: We must either learn to live together as brothers or we are all going to perish together as fools.

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Bob Marley photo

„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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„She's mad, but she's magic. There's no lie in her fire.“

—  Charles Bukowski American writer 1920 - 1994

Variant: she’s mad, but she’s magic.

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„We're all damaged in our own way. Nobody's perfect. I think we're all somewhat screwy. Every single one of us.“

—  Johnny Depp American actor, film producer, and musician 1963

Quoted in Bernard Weintraub, "Playboy Interview: Johnny Depp," Playboy (May 2004)
Context: I do have an affinity for damaged people, in life, in roles. I don't know why. We're all damaged in our own way. Nobody's perfect. I think we are all somewhat screwy, every single one of us.

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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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„Wise men speak when they have something to say, fools speak because they have to say something“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 BC

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„The great thing about people with intellectual disabilities is that they’re not people who discuss philosophy… What they want is fun and laughter, to do things together and fool around, and laughter is at the heart of community.“

—  Jean Vanier Canadian humanitarian 1928 - 2019

The Gift of Living With the Not Gifted http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-gift-of-living-with-the-not-gifted-1428103079 Wall Street Journal, April 3, 2015
From interviews and talks

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„Humor is reason gone mad.“

—  Groucho Marx American comedian 1890 - 1977

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„The truth is I've never fooled anyone. I've let people fool themselves. They didn't bother to find out who and what I was.“

—  Marilyn Monroe American actress, model, and singer 1926 - 1962

Source: On Being Blonde (2007), p. 52
Context: The truth is I've never fooled anyone. I've let people fool themselves. They didn't bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn't argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn't. When they found this out, they would blame me for disillusioning them and fooling them.

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„I'm not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours.“

—  Lewis Carroll English writer, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer 1832 - 1898

Variant: I'm not crazy. My reality is just different than yours.

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„Whoever says that he "belongs to his time" is only saying that he agrees with the largest number of fools at that moment.“

—  Nicolás Gómez Dávila Colombian writer and philosopher 1913 - 1994

Sucesivos Escolios a un Texto Implícito (1992)

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„Consider that we shouldn’t call our brother a fool, since we don’t know ourselves what we are.“

—  Paracelsus Swiss physician and alchemist 1493 - 1541

Paracelsus - Doctor of our Time (1992)

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„Man is sick and nations have gone mad.
You would not even tolerate for one moment the conduct in an individual that is commonplace in the acts of some nations. You would lock up such a person.“

—  L. Ron Hubbard American science fiction author, philosopher, cult leader, and the founder of the Church of Scientology 1911 - 1986

"Times Must Change" in Ability # 179 (20 March 1966).

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„Fool me one time, shame on you. Fool me twice, can't put the blame on you. Fool me three times, fuck the peace sign. Load the chopper, let it rain on you.“

—  J. Cole American Song Writer, Rapper and former Pro Basketball Player, From Fayetteville, North Carolina 1985

Source: Song No Role Modelz

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„There's an old saying in Tennessee - I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, fool me once, shame on - shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again.“

—  George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946

Speech in http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2002/09/20020917-7.html Nashville, Tennessee, (September 17, 2002), in which the president confused a centuries-old proverb ("Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.")
2000s, 2002

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„The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.“

—  Nikola Tesla Serbian American inventor 1856 - 1943

"Radio Power Will Revolutionize the World" in Modern Mechanics and Inventions (July 1934)
Context: The scientists from Franklin to Morse were clear thinkers and did not produce erroneous theories. The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.

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„Here's all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid.“

—  George Carlin American stand-up comedian 1937 - 2008

Books, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? (2004)
Source: When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops?

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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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„fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice, shame on me.“

—  Todd Strasser American author of young-adult and middle grade novels 1950

Source: Count Your Blessings

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„Consider the source… Don't be a fool by listening to a fool.“

—  Sylvester Stallone American actor, screenwriter, and film director 1946

Source: Sly Moves: My Proven Program to Lose Weight, Build Strength, Gain Will Power, and Live your Dream

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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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„Look at me, see if I am poor, or my people either. The whites may get me at last, as you say, but I will have good times till then. You are fools to make yourselves slaves to a piece of fat bacon, some hard-tack, and a little sugar and coffee.“

—  Sitting Bull Hunkpapa Lakota medicine man and holy man 1831 - 1890

Also told to Charles Larpenteur at Fort Union in 1867. Published in Utley, Robert M. The Lance and the Shield. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1993. p. 73.

„Fool, if you be cancer, I be the cure.“

—  Vico C American rapper and singer of Puerto Rican descent 1971

"Bueno, si mi pueblo perece, por falta de conocimiento. Aqui le va una aspirina
The first sentence is from the Book of Hosea, 4:6.

Phil Brooks photo

„Don't let these tattoos fool you. I'm straight edge. I'm a man of great discipline; I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't do drugs… my addiction is wrestling - my obsession is competition. Discipline. My name is C…M…Punk.“

—  Phil Brooks American professional wrestler and mixed martial artist 1978

Extreme Championship Wrestling. July 4th, 2006.
This was Punk's debut on ECW television.
Extreme Championship Wrestling

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„By Silence, the discretion of a man is known: and a fool, keeping Silence, seemeth to be wise.“

—  Pythagoras ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher -585 - -495 BC

The Sayings of the Wise (1555)

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„A man is a fool not to put everything he has, at any given moment, into what he is creating“

—  Frank Herbert American writer 1920 - 1986

As quoted in Shoptalk: learning to write with writers (1990), edited by Donald Morison Murray<!-- Cook Publishers -->
General sources
Context: A man is a fool not to put everything he has, at any given moment, into what he is creating. You're there now doing the thing on paper. You're not killing the goose, you're just producing an egg. So I don't worry about inspiration, or anything like that. It's a matter of just sitting down and working. I have never had the problem of a writing block. I've heard about it. I've felt reluctant to write on some days, for whole weeks, or sometimes even longer. I'd much rather go fishing, for example, or go sharpen pencils, or go swimming, or what not. But, later, coming back and reading what I have produced, I am unable to detect the difference between what came easily and when I had to sit down and say, 'Well, now it's writing time and now I'll write.' There's no difference on paper between the two.

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„A fool may buy all the books in the world, and they will be in his library; but he will be able to read only those that he deserves to.“

—  Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902

Source: Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, 9 Vols.

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„If a man is a fool, the best thing is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking.“

—  Woodrow Wilson American politician, 28th president of the United States (in office from 1913 to 1921) 1856 - 1924

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„It is such an uncomfortable feeling to know one is a fool.“

—  L. Frank Baum, book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Source: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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„Tell me then, does love make one a fool or do only fools fall in love?“

—  Orhan Pamuk Turkish novelist, screenwriter, and Nobel Prize in Literature recipient 1952

Source: My Name is Red

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„God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. Even so, God cannot save them from fools.“

—  John Muir Scottish-born American naturalist and author 1838 - 1914

Variant: God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fool
Source: 1900s, Our National Parks (1901), chapter 10: The American Forests <!-- Terry Gifford, EWDB, pages 604-605 -->
Context: Any fool can destroy trees. They cannot run away; and if they could, they would still be destroyed — chased and hunted down as long as fun or a dollar could be got out of their bark hides, branching horns, or magnificent bole backbones. Few that fell trees plant them; nor would planting avail much towards getting back anything like the noble primeval forests. … It took more than three thousand years to make some of the trees in these Western woods — trees that are still standing in perfect strength and beauty, waving and singing in the mighty forests of the Sierra. Through all the wonderful, eventful centuries … God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand straining, leveling tempests and floods; but he cannot save them from fools — only Uncle Sam can do that.

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„Some may never live, but the crazy never die.“

—  Hunter S. Thompson American journalist and author 1937 - 2005

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„Be crazy! But learn how to be crazy without being the center of attention. Be brave enough to live different.“

—  Paulo Coelho Brazilian lyricist and novelist 1947

Source: Veronika Decides to Die

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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

„A lot of men wouldn't like being called a romantic. It's not macho enough.'
Quite often men are fools.“

—  P. C. Cast American writer 1960

Source: Goddess of Light

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„It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

Cited as an example of "What Mark Twain Didn't Say" in Mark Twain by Geoffrey C. Ward, et al.
Variant: It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

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„If you make a deal with a fool, don't be surprised when they act foolishly.“

—  Jeffrey Archer, book Only Time Will Tell

Source: Only Time Will Tell

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„The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.“

—  Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970

Variant: The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.

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„Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple.“

—  Woody Guthrie American singer-songwriter and folk musician 1912 - 1967

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„A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one.“

—  Molière, Les Femmes Savantes

Un sot savant est sot plus qu'un sot ignorant.
Act IV, sc. iii
Les Femmes Savantes (1672)

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„Don't be a fool. Don't give up something important to hold onto someone who can't even say they love you.“

—  Sarah Dessen American writer 1970

Source: Someone Like You

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„Anything that thinks logically can be fooled by something else that thinks at least as logically as it does.“

—  Douglas Adams English writer and humorist 1952 - 2001

Source: The Hitchhiker's Trilogy

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„Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?“

—  George Carlin American stand-up comedian 1937 - 2008

Carlin on Campus (1984)

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„A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.“

—  Bruce Lee Hong Kong-American actor, martial artist, philosopher and filmmaker 1940 - 1973

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„In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.“

—  George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950

No source for this quote among Orwell's writings has yet been located, and the earliest published source of this phrase found on Google Books is this snippet https://books.google.com.mx/books?id=kWD0AAAAMAAJ&q=%22truth+is+a+revolutionary+act%22&dq=%22truth+is+a+revolutionary+act%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjs0MKSqpbKAhWH0iYKHXj6ABUQ6AEIJjAD from p. 5 of Science Dimension, Volumes 14–18 (1982) published by the National Research Council Canada. Quote Investigator has an article "In a Time of Universal Deceit – Telling the Truth Is a Revolutionary Act" http://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/02/24/truth-revolutionary/ indicating their attempts to trace the quote. The earliest similar remarks they had found were in a 1982 book titled “Partners in Ecocide: Australia’s Complicity in the Uranium Cartel” by Venturino Giorgio Venturini, where the word “universal” was omitted, and a specific originating text was not identified: "In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
Speaking the Truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.
Truth is treason in an empire of lies. (Often attributed by Ron Paul to Orwell but never sourced.)
In the mid-19th century Karl Georg von Raumer made a remark, which has a similar meaning. In Geschichte der Pedagogic (1855), he states: 'Jede keimende Wahrheit ist revolutionär gegen den entgegenstehenden herrschenden Irrthum, jede keimende Tugend revolutionär gegen das im Schwange gehende, ihr widersprechende Laster' which translates as: "Every germinating truth is revolutionary against the opposing ruling error, every germinating virtue is revolutionary against popular contradictory lies."
In 1898 French socialist Jean Jaurès said, "When a society, when an institution, lives only by lies, truth is revolutionary." He was speaking with reference to the ongoing Dreyfus Affair. The statement is quoted in Ruth Harris, The Man on Devil's Island: Alfred Dreyfus and the Affair that Divided France (2010), p. 262. (She cites Le petit Meridional, 3 July 1898, as the original source.) This seems very close in spirit and in phrasing to the pseudo-Orwell quotation. (The cumulative index to the many volumes of Orwell's writing compiled and edited by Peter Davison does not reveal any direct references to Jaurès or the Dreyfus Affair.)
Variant: In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

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„We are all fools in love“

—  Jane Austen, book Pride and Prejudice

Source: Pride and Prejudice

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„Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.“

—  Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism

At the hazard of being thought one of the fools of this quotation, I meet that argument — I rush in — I take that bull by the horns. I trust I understand and truly estimate the right of self-government. My faith in the proposition that each man should do precisely as he pleases with all which is exclusively his own lies at the foundation of the sense of justice there is in me. I extend the principle to communities of men as well as to individuals. I so extend it because it is politically wise, as well as naturally just: politically wise in saving us from broils about matters which do not concern us. Here, or at Washington, I would not trouble myself with the oyster laws of Virginia, or the cranberry laws of Indiana. The doctrine of self-government is right, — absolutely and eternally right, — but it has no just application as here attempted. Or perhaps I should rather say that whether it has such application depends upon whether a negro is not or is a man. If he is not a man, in that case he who is a man may as a matter of self-government do just what he pleases with him.
But if the negro is a man, is it not to that extent a total destruction of self-government to say that he too shall not govern himself. When the white man governs himself, that is self-government; but when he governs himself and also governs another man, that is more than self-government — that is despotism. If the negro is a man, why then my ancient faith teaches me that "all men are created equal," and that there can be no moral right in connection with one man's making a slave of another.
1850s, Speech at Peoria, Illinois (1854)
Source: An Essay on Criticism

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„A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul and that, I am sure, is why he does it.“

—  Roald Dahl British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot and screenwriter 1916 - 1990

"Goodbye school" in Boy: Tales of Childhood (1984)

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„A brute kills for pleasure. A fool kills from hate.“

—  Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

Time Enough for Love (1973)

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„All the gang of those who rule us
Hope our quarrels never stop
Helping them to split and fool us
So they can remain on top.“

—  Bertolt Brecht German poet, playwright, theatre director 1898 - 1956

"Solidarity song" [Solidaritätslied] (1931), trans. John Willett in Poems, 1913-1956, p. 186
Poems, 1913-1956 (1976)

„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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„When the war started in Abyssinia all Negro nationalists looked with hope to Haile Selassie. They spoke for him, they prayed for him, they sung for him, they did everything to hold up his hands, as Aaron did for Moses; but whilst the Negro peoples of the world were praying for the success of Abyssinia this little Emperor was undermining the fabric of his own kingdom by playing the fool with white men, having them advising him[, ] having them telling him what to do, how to surrender, how to call off the successful thrusts of his [Race] against the Italian invaders. Yes, they were telling him how to prepare his flight, and like an imbecilic child he followed every advice and then ultimately ran away from his country to England, leaving his people to be massacred by the Italians, and leaving the serious white world to laugh at every Negro and repeat the charge and snare - "he is incompetent," "we told you so." Indeed Haile Selassie has proved the incompetence of the Negro for political authority, but thank God there are Negroes who realise that Haile Selassie did not represent the truest qualities of the Negro race. How could he, when he wanted to play white? How could he, when he surrounded himself with white influence? How could he, when in a modern world, and in a progressive civilization, he preferred a slave State of black men than a free democratic country where the black citizens could rise to the same opportunities as white citizens in their democracies?“

—  Marcus Garvey Jamaica-born British political activist, Pan-Africanist, orator, and entrepreneur 1887 - 1940

The Failure of Haile Selassie as Emperor in The Blackman, April, 1937.

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„It must be borne in mind that everything the propagandist does or says is for effect—most commonly the effect on fools. The public wants not truth but a show?“

—  Everett Dean Martin 1880 - 1941

Source: Are We Victims of Propaganda, Our Invisible Masters: A Debate with Edward Bernays (1929), p. 144

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„I never imagined that France could be represented by such doddering old fools, not excepting that little twit Thiers…“

—  Edouard Manet French painter 1832 - 1883

Quote from Manet's letter to Félix Bracquemond (18 March 1871); as cited in Manet by Himself (1995) by Julliet Wilson-Bareau
1850 - 1875

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„I can say with truth that I have never, even in times of greatest preoccupation with carnal, worldly and egotistic pursuits, seriously doubted that our existence here is related in some mysterious way to a more comprehensive and lasting existence elsewhere; that somehow or other we belong to a larger scene than our earthly life provides, and to a wider reach of time than our earthly allotment of three score years and ten…It has never been possible for me to persuade myself that the universe could have been created, and we, homo sapiens, so-called, have, generation after generation, somehow made our appearance to sojourn briefly on our tiny earth, solely in order to mount the interminable soap opera, with the same characters and situations endlessly recurring, that we call history. It would be like building a great stadium for a display of tiddly-winks, or a vast opera house for a mouth-organ recital. There must, in other words, be another reason for our existence and that of the universe than just getting through the days of our life as best we may; some other destiny than merely using up such physical, intellectual and spiritual creativity as has been vouchsafed us. This, anyway, has been the strongly held conviction of the greatest artists, saints, philosophers and, until quite recent times, scientists, through the Christian centuries, who have all assumed that the New Testament promise of eternal life is valid, and that the great drama of the Incarnation which embodies it, is indeed the master drama of our existence. To suppose that these distinguished believers were all credulous fools whose folly and credulity in holding such beliefs has now been finally exposed, would seem to me to be untenable; and anyway I'd rather be wrong with Dante and Shakespeare and Milton, with Augustine of Hippo and Francis of Assisi, with Dr. Johnson, Blake and Dostoevsky, than right with Voltaire, Rousseau, Darwin, the Huxleys, Herbert Spencer, H. G. Wells and Bernard Shaw.“

—  Malcolm Muggeridge English journalist, author, media personality, and satirist 1903 - 1990

Confessions of a Twentieth-Century Pilgrim (1988)

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„A man who does not fool himself seldom cares much about fooling others. But the man who claims to have seen a ghost wants everybody else to believe in ghosts.“

—  E. W. Howe Novelist, magazine and newspaper editor 1853 - 1937

Ventures in Common Sense (1919), p87.