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

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„1953. Learn the art of Silence; the wise Man that holds his Tongue, says more than the Fool who speaks.“

—  Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734
Introductio ad prudentiam: Part II (1727)

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„No doubt, when modesty was made a virtue, it was a very advantageous thing for the fools, for everybody is expected to speak of himself as if he were one.“

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, livro Aphorisms on the Wisdom of Life
Parerga and Paralipomena (1851), Aphorisms on the Wisdom of Life, Vol. 1, Ch. 3, Section 2: Pride

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„Who are a little wise, the best fools be.“

—  John Donne English poet 1572 - 1631
The Triple Fool, stanza 2

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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
Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers (1881), 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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„It takes one woman twenty years to make a man of her son—and another woman twenty minutes to make a fool of him.“

—  Helen Rowland American journalist 1875 - 1950
A Guide to Men (1922), Overture: Prelude http://www.gutenberg.org/files/30630/30630-h/30630-h.htm#Page_20

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