— Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -550 - -478 a.C.
„… as you are not to be a boy all your life- and I trust would not be reckoned a fool- use your every endeavour to be a good man“
— Ignatius Sancho British composer, writer and grocer 1729 - 1780
(from vol 2, letter 13: 29 Nov 1778, to Mr S___ in Madras).
— William Lane Craig American Christian apologist and evangelist 1949
A Reasonable Response: Answers to Tough Questions on God, Christianity, and the Bible (2013)
— John Holt (Lord Chief Justice) English lawyer and Lord Chief Justice of England 1642 - 1710
Reg. v. Jones (1703), 2 Raym. 1013.
„Women have tongues of craft, and hearts of guile,
They will, they will not; fools that on them trust.“
— Torquato Tasso Italian poet 1544 - 1595
Gerusalemme Liberata (1581), Femina è cosa garrula e fallace: Vuole e disvuole; è folle uom che sen fida. Canto XIX, stanza 84 (tr. Fairfax)
„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.
„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.
— Alfred, Lord Tennyson British poet laureate 1809 - 1892
Locksley Hall Sixty Years After (1886), Stanza 124
— Henry Ward Beecher American clergyman and activist 1813 - 1887
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), Context: 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. p. 566
— Fred Dibnah English steeplejack and television personality, with a keen interest in mechanical engineering 1938 - 2004
— George Santayana 20th-century Spanish-American philosopher associated with Pragmatism 1863 - 1952
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)