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On Wise Men and Fools

   The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. 

                                                   Psalms 14:1

   Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. 


   A wise man fears and departs from evil, 
    But a fool rages and is self-confident.     

                                       Prov 14:16

   A fool loseth his estate before he finds his folly.

   A fool must now and then be right --- by chance.

   A fool and his money are soon parted.

   A man may be a fool and not know it.

   A fool in a gown is none the wiser.

   Hope and expectation are a fool's income.

   A fool in his own house will not be wise in mine.

   Men may live fools, but fools they cannot die.

   A fool is a man who is wise too late.

   A foolish man diligently advertises his own folly.

   If every fool were crowned, the majority of the population 
   would be kings.

   Fools grow without watering.

   Fools live but do not learn.

   Fools make those inquiries afterwards which wise men make 

   A fool is never wrong. 

   A fool's fortune is his misfortune.                            

   A fool despises his father's instruction, 
    But he who receives correction is prudent.      

                                      Prov 15:5

   Rebuke is more effective for a wise man 
    Than a hundred blows on a fool.  

                                       Prov 17:10

   A fool's mouth is his destruction, 
     and his lips are the snare of his soul.

                                       Prov 18:7

   Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, 
    Rather than a fool in his folly.  

                                       Prov 17:12

   He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow, 
    And the father of a fool has no joy.     

                                        Prov 17:21

   A fool has no delight in understanding, 
    But in expressing his own heart.  

                                      Prov 18:2


   A prudent man forseeth the evil and hideth himself,
    but the simple pass on and are punished.

                                        Prov 22:3


   The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge, 
    And the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
                                       Prov 18:15

    Speak not in the ears of a fool,
     For he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

                                      Prov 23:9

   As a dog returns to his own vomit, 
    So a fool repeats his folly. 
                                  Prov 26:11

   Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with 
         crushed grain, 
    Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.    
                                                   Prov 27:22

   A fool vents all his feelings, 
    But a wise man holds them back.    
                                     Prov 29:11

   Whoever spreads slander is a fool.                                   
                              Prov 10:18

   To do evil is like sport to a fool.
                                    Prov 10:23

   The fool will be servant to the wise of heart.     

                                        Prov 11:29

   The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, 
    But he who heeds counsel is wise. 
                                      Prov 12:15

   In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, 
    But the lips of the wise will preserve them. 
                                                  Prov 14:3

   A fool uttereth all his mind; but a wise man keepeth it in til 
                                                     Prov 29:11

   Shame shall be the promotion of fools. 

                                             Prov 3:35

   A prating fool shall fall. 
                               Prov 10:8

   Men of all ages have the same inclinations over which reason 
   exercises no control. Thus wherever men are found there are 
   follies, aye, and the same follies. 

   If any young man expects without faith, without thought, 
   without study, without patient, persevering labor, in the midst 
   of and in spite of discouragement, to attain anything in the 
   world that is worth attaining, he will simply wake up, by-and-
   by, and find that he has been playing the part of a fool. 

                                                 M. J. Savage

   A fool may be known by six things: anger, without cause;  
   speech, without profit;  change, without progress;  inquiry, 
   without object;  putting trust in a stranger, and mistaking 
   foes for friends. 
                                           Arabian proverb

   There are many more fools in the world than there are knaves, 
   otherwise the knaves could not exist. 


   Nothing is more intolerable than a prosperous fool;  and hence 
   we see men who, at one time, were affable and agreeable, 
   completely changed by prosperity, despising old friends and 
   clinging to new. 

   A fool always finds some greater fool to admire him. 


   There is no greater fool than he that says, "There is no God", 
   unless it be the one who says he does not know whether there is 
   one or not. 

   A fool at forty is a fool indeed. 


   None but a fool is always right. 


   The greatest of fools is he who imposes on himself, and thinks 
   certainly he knows that which he has least studied, and of 
   which he is almost profoundly ignorant. 


   A fool may have his coat embroidered with gold, but it is a 
   fool's coat still. 

   A fool can no more see his own folly than he can see his ears. 

   The wise man is he who knows the relative value of things. 

                                             William Ralph Inge

   Very few men are wise by their own counsel, or learned by their 
   own teaching;  for he that was only taught by himself had a 
   fool for his master. 
                                                Ben Johnson

   Much wisdom often goes with fewest words. 


   Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls 

   Wisdom is to the mind what health is to the body. 


   Living in an age of extraordinary events and revolutions, I 
   have learned from thence this truth, which I desire might be 
   communicated to posterity:  that all is vanity which is not 
   honest, and that there is no solid wisdom but in real piety. 


   Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life --- 
   in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite.  It teaches us 
   to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all 
   of a color. 

   Perfect wisdom hath four parts, viz., wisdom, the principle of 
   doing things aright;  justice, the principle of doing things 
   equally in public and private;  fortitude, the principle of not 
   flying danger, but meeting it;  and temperance, the principle 
   of subduing desires and living moderately. 


   True wisdom is to know what is best worth knowing, and to do 
   what is best worth doing. 


   The wise man is also the just, the pious, the upright, the man 
   who walks in the way of truth.  The fear of the Lord, which is 
   the beginning of wisdom, consists in a complete devotion to 

   The first point of wisdom is to discern that which is false;  
   the second, to know what is true. 


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