„A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool.“

—  Joseph Roux, Part 1, LXXIV
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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
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„Some fool or some trigger happy judicial finger.“

—  Michael Foot British politician 1913 - 2010
On the NIRC Judge Sir John Donaldson (Hansard, 7 May 1974, Col. 239).

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„The bullet is a fool, the bayonet is a fine chap.“

—  Alexander Suvorov Russian military commander 1953 - 1800
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„I am satisfied it has strengthened my hand tremendously. Nobody but a fool would disregard the kind of result we witnessed today.“

—  Ian Smith Prime Minister of Rhodesia 1919 - 2007
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„Silence is the wit of fools, and one of the virtues of the wise.“

—  Anatole France French writer 1844 - 1924
Le silence est l'esprit des sots Et l'une des vertus du sage. Bernard de Bonnard, "Le Silence," http://books.google.com/books?id=9gAvAAAAMAAJ&pg=PR14&dq=%22Et+l%27une+des+vertus+du+sage%22+Bonnard&ei=iyzvR-bFOIa4zASV0PyoBQ#PPA244,M1 L'Almanach des Muses (1776)

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„For God’s sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself! As for the others, the irony of facts shall take it out of their hands, and make fools of them in downright earnest, ere the farce be over.“

—  Robert Louis Stevenson Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer 1850 - 1894
Context: All error, not merely verbal, is a strong way of stating that the current truth is incomplete. The follies of youth have a basis in sound reason, just as much as the embarrassing questions put by babes and sucklings. Their most antisocial acts indicate the defects of our society. When the torrent sweeps the man against a boulder, you must expect him to scream, and you need not be surprised if the scream is sometimes a theory. Shelley, chafing at the Church of England, discovered the cure of all evils in universal atheism. Generous lads irritated at the injustices of society, see nothing for it but the abolishment of everything and Kingdom Come of anarchy. Shelley was a young fool; so are these cocksparrow revolutionaries. But it is better to be a fool than to be dead. It is better to emit a scream in the shape of a theory than to be entirely insensible to the jars and incongruities of life and take everything as it comes in a forlorn stupidity. Some people swallow the universe like a pill; they travel on through the world, like smiling images pushed from behind. For God’s sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself! As for the others, the irony of facts shall take it out of their hands, and make fools of them in downright earnest, ere the farce be over. There shall be such a mopping and a mowing at the last day, and such blushing and confusion of countenance for all those who have been wise in their own esteem, and have not learnt the rough lessons that youth hands on to age. If we are indeed here to perfect and complete our own natures, and grow larger, stronger, and more sympathetic against some nobler career in the future, we had all best bestir ourselves to the utmost while we have the time. To equip a dull, respectable person with wings would be but to make a parody of an angel. Crabbed Age and Youth.

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

—  Anatole France French writer 1844 - 1924
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