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
Fashiona word which knaves and fools may use, Their knavery and folly to excuse.Charles Churchill
All higher knowledge in her presence falls Degraded, wisdom in discourse with her Loses discount'nanced, and like folly shows.john milton
The hours of folly are measur'd by the clock, but of wisdom no clock can measure.william blake
If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.william blake
Such is our pride, our folly, or our fate,That few but such as cannot write, translate.john denham
Norman was a splendid, surprising American writer, a good friend, a true New Yorker, and a man we will all miss. To me, it's like a thousand people just left the room. As a novelist, he never repeated himself, never succumbed to the temptation to write 'The Naked and the Dead Go to Japan,' and always made us imagine other lives, other choices, other varieties of human folly, grandeur and capacity for evil.norman mailer
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools.Herbert Spencer
What folly can be ranker. Like our shadows, our wishes lengthen as our sun declines.Edward Young
Such people as can be prevailed upon to believe, that their reason is depraved, may easily be led by the nose, and duped into superstition at the pleasure of those in whom they confide, and there remain from generation to generation: for when they throw by the law of reason the only one which God gave them to direct them in their speculations and duty, they are exposed to ignorant or insidious teachers, and also to their own irregular passions, and to the folly and enthusiasm of those about them, which nothing but reason can prevent or restrain...ethan allen
The idea of defending, as integral parts of our Empire, countries 10,000 miles off, like Australia, which neither pay a shilling to our revenue...nor afford us any exclusive trade...is about as quixotic a specimen of national folly as was ever exhibited.Richard Cobden
Experience. The wisdom that enables us to recognise in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced.ambrose bierce
Sweet bird that shunn'st the noise of folly, Most musical, most melancholy! Thee, chauntress, oft, the woods among, I woo, to hear thy even-song.john milton
Debt is the prolific mother of folly and of crime.benjamin disraeli
It is not proof that I sought. I, of all men, know that proof is but a fallacy invented by man to justify to himself and his fellows his own crass lust and folly.
What a curious picture it is to find man, homo sapiens , of divine origin, we are told, seriously considering going underground to escape the consequences of his own folly. With a little wisdom and foresight, surely it is not yet necessary to forsake life in the fresh air and in the warmth of the sunlight. What a paradox if our own cleverness in science should force us to live underground with the moles.
Anger begins in folly, and ends in repentance.
folly such as yours, Grac'd with a sword, and worthier of a fan, Has made what enemies could ne'er have done. Our arch of empire, stedfast but for you, A mutilated structure, soon to fall.
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