— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
— Charles Proteus Steinmetz Mathematician and electrical engineer 1865 - 1923
[John J. B. Morgan and T. Webb Ewing, Making the Most of Your Life, 2005, 75 http://books.google.fr/books?id=5i-JlfkMEUUC&pg=PA75]
Variante: No man really becomes a fool until he stops asking questions.
„A man who trusts everyone is a fool, and a man who trusts no one is a fool. We are all fools, if we live long enough.“
— Robert Jordan, Winter's Heart
Lews Therin Telamon
(9 November 2000)
Fonte: Winter's Heart
„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.
„Where Plato and Aristotle had asked the question, What is man?, St. Augustine (in the Confessions) asks, Who am I?“
— William Barrett (philosopher), livro Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy
and this shift is decisive.
Fonte: Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy (1958), Chapter Five, Christian sources, p. 84
„Any man who does not make himself proficient in at least two languages other than his own is a fool“
— Martin H. Fischer American university teacher (1879-1962) 1879 - 1962
„Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.“
— Charles Caleb Colton British priest and writer 1780 - 1832
Vol. I; CCCXXII
— George Santayana 20th-century Spanish-American philosopher associated with Pragmatism 1863 - 1952
Fonte: Dialogues in Limbo (1926), Ch. 3, P. 57
„The man of action is not the headstrong fool who rushes into danger with no thought for himself, but the man who puts into practice the things he knows.“
— Cesare Pavese Italian poet, novelist, literary critic, and translator 1908 - 1950
This Business of Living (1935-1950)
— Fred Dibnah English steeplejack and television personality, with a keen interest in mechanical engineering 1938 - 2004
— Alfred, Lord Tennyson British poet laureate 1809 - 1892
Locksley Hall Sixty Years After (1886)
— Henry Ward Beecher American clergyman and activist 1813 - 1887
Fonte: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 566
Contexto: A man is a fool who sits looking backward from himself in the past. Ah! what shallow, vain conceit there is in man! Forget the things that are behind. That is not where you live. Your roots are not there. They are in the present; and you should reach up into the other life.
— William Lane Craig American Christian apologist and evangelist 1949
A Reasonable Response: Answers to Tough Questions on God, Christianity, and the Bible (2013)
„Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.“
— Viktor E. Frankl, livro Man's Search for Meaning
Man's Search for Meaning (1946; 1959; 1984)
„The question is asked in ignorance, by one who does not even know what can have led him to ask it.“
— Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855
1840s, Philosophical Fragments (1844)
„Each new generation asks – What is the meaning of life? A more fertile way of putting the question would be – Why does man need a meaning to life?“
— Peter Wessel Zapffe Norwegian philosopher, mountaineer, and author 1899 - 1990
To Be a Human Being (1989–90)
„If anyone else asked that question, O He Who Is Terrible and Great, I would have said they were an ignorant fool; in you it is a sign of the disarming simplicity which is the fount of all virtue.“
— Jonathan Stroud, livro The Amulet of Samarkand
Fonte: The Amulet of Samarkand
„Fools will be fools,
And wise will be wise.
But I will look this world
Straight in the eyes.What good is a man
Who won't take a stand?
What good is a cynic
With no better plan?“
— Ben Harper singer-songwriter and musician 1969
Song lyrics, Both Sides of the Gun (2006)
„Who was it who said that a wise man speaks when he has something to say, but a fool speaks because he must?“
— Alastair Reynolds, livro Chasm City
Fonte: Chasm City (2001), Chapter 12 (p. 197).