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
In theunreal realms of the canals, as in a Swiftian Lilliput, the real world, with its contrivances, appears as a vast folly.Joseph McCarthy
But now, instead of discussion and argument, brute force rises up to the rescue of discomfited error, and crushes truth and right into the dust. "Might makes right," and hoary folly totters on in her mad career escorted by armies and navies.
Here was a strange but true fact: The closer you were to the market, the harder it was to perceive its folly.michael lewis
Eye nature's walks, shoot folly as it flies,And catch the manners, living as they rise;Laugh where we must, be candid where we can,But vindicate the ways of God to man.Alexander Pope
Where lives the man that has not tried, How mirth can into folly glide, And folly into sin!walter scott
"Censure," says a late ingenious author, "is the tax a man plays for being eminent." It is a folly for an eminent man to think of escaping it, and a weakness to be affected with it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age in the world, have passed through this fiery persecution. There is no defense against reproach but obscurity; it is a kind of comitant to greatness, as satires and invectives were an essential part of a Roman triumph.joseph addison
Jefferson never entertained the folly that he was of immigrant stock. He considered the English settlers of America courageous conquerors, much like his Saxon forebears, to whom he compared them. To Jefferson, early Americans were the contemporary carriers of the Anglo-Saxon project.ilana mercer
We were dragged into folly by the Americans over Iran. We were dragged into folly by the Americans over Afghanistan. Neither national interest nor moral obligation requires us to be dragged by them into folly over Poland.enoch powell
Maybe you just can't protect people from certain specialized types of folly with any sane amount of regulation, and the correct response is to give up on the high social costs of inadequately protecting people from themselves under certain circumstances.eliezer yudkowsky
A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.George Bernard Shaw
I distrust those sentiments that are too far removed from nature, and whose sublimity is blended with ridicule; which two are as near one another as extreme wisdom and folly.
Jefferson never entertained the folly that he was of immigrant stock. He considered the English settlers of America courageous conquerors, much like his Saxon forebears, to whom he compared them. To Jefferson, early Americans were the contemporary carriers of the Anglo-Saxon project.
Eye Nature's walks, shoot folly as it flies, And catch the manners living as they rise.Alexander Pope
The ground-root folly of this piteous philantropy is thinking to distribute indivisibles, and make equality in things incommensurable: forged under such delusions, all Utopias are castles in the air or counsels of despair.robert bridges
Nor mourn the unalterable DaysThat Genius goes and folly stays.ralph waldo emerson
folly is as great as the sea. It can compass anything.
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