In public, as well as in private expences, great wealth may, perhaps, frequently be admitted as an apology for great folly.
My canvas soothes me into forgetfulness of the scene of turmoil and folly — and worse — of the scene around me. Every gleam of sunshine is blighted to me in the art at least. Can it therefore be wondered at that I paint continual storms? "Tempest o'er tempest roll'd" — still the "darkness" is majestic.john constable
If folly leads each man into a blindness where he is lost, the madman, on the contrary, reminds each man of his truth; in a comedy where each man deceives the other and dupes himself, the madman is comedy to the second degree: the deception of deception; he utters, in his simpleton's language which makes no show of reason, the words of reason that release, in the comic, the comedy: he speaks love to lovers, the truth of life to the young, the middling reality of things to the proud, to the insolent, and the liars.
We frequently fall into error and folly, Dr. Johnson tells us, “not because the true principles of action are not known, but because, for a time, they are not remembered.” To compress, therefore, the great and obvious rules of life into brief sentences which are not easily forgotten is, as he said, to confer a real benefit upon us.
We that are true lovers run into strange capers; but as all is mortal in nature, so is all nature in love mortal in folly.
One man's justice is another's injustice. One man's beauty another's ugliness. One man's wisdom another's folly.ralph waldo emerson
Do not let me hear Of the wisdom of old men, but rather of their folly.
The passionate heart of the poet is whirled into folly and vice.Tennyson
"I have no cause to fear; and if they scorn me as a victim of their guilt, I can pity their folly and despise their scorn."anne brontë
War is mankind's most tragic and stupid folly; to seek or advise its deliberate provocation is a black crime against all men. Though you follow the trade of the warrior, you do so in the spirit of Washington — not of Genghis Khan. For Americans, only threat to our way of life justifies resort to conflict.
The minute we leave south Lebanon we will have to erase the word Hezbollah from our vocabulary, because the whole idea of the State of Israel versus Hezbollah was sheer folly from the outset. It most certainly no longer will be relevant when Israel returns to her internationally recognized northern border.amos oz
The obstinancy of cleverness and reason is nothing to the obstinancy of folly and inanity.harriet beecher stowe
You may as well Forbid the sea for to obey the moon As or by oath remove or counsel shake The fabric of his folly.william shakespeare
There are limits beyond which your folly will not carry you. I am glad of that. In fact, I am relieved.Isaac Asimov
There can be there ought to be no medium course; a love-affair is either sober earnest or contemptible folly, if not wickedness: to gossip about it is, in the first instance, intrusive, unkind, or dangerous; in the second, simply silly.dinah maria mulock
A young man who is unable to commit a folly is already an old man.Paul Gauguin
Plato by a goodly similitude declareth, why wise men refrain to meddle in the commonwealth. For when they see the people swarm into the streets, and daily wet to the skin with rain, and yet cannot persuade them to go out of the rain, they do keep themselves within their houses, seeing they cannot remedy the folly of the people.
Where lives the man that has not tried How mirth can into folly glide, And folly into sin!walter scott
But I remember now I am in this earthly world; where, to do harm, Is often laudable; to do good, sometime, Accounted dangerous folly.william shakespeare
Fashion a word which knaves and fools may use, Their knavery and folly to excuse.Charles Churchill
All my joys to this are folly, Naught so sweet as melancholy.robert burton
It is folly to punish your neighbour by fire when you live next door.publilius syrus
Tyranny is usually tempered with assassination, and Democracy must be tempered with culture. In the absence of this, it turns into a representation of collective folly.
The best plan is, as the common proverb has it, to profit by the folly of others.
His foe was folly and his weapon wit.
The first Degree of folly, is to conceit one’s self wise; the second to profess it; the third to despise Counsel.Benjamin Franklin
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