The rout is Folly's circle, which she draws With magic wand. So potent is the spell, That none decoy'd into that fatal ring, Unless by Heaven's peculiar grace, escape. There we grow early gray, but never wise.
The picture placed the busts betweenAdds to the thought much strength;Wisdom and Wit are little seen,But Folly's at full length.
The picture placed the busts between Adds to the thought much strength; Wisdom and Wit are little seen, But Folly's at full length.
What, know you not, old man (quoth he) Your hair is white, your face is wise That Love must kiss that Mortal's eyes Who hopes to see fair Arcady? No gold can buy you entrance there; But beggared Love may go all bare No wisdom won with weariness; But love goes in with Folly's dress No fame that wit could ever win; But only Love may lead Love in. To Arcady, to Arcady.
My only booksWere woman's looks,And Folly's all they've taught me.thomas moore
All the world's a mass of folly, youth is gay, age melancholy. Youth is spending, age is thrifty, mad at twenty, cold at fifty. Man is nought but Folly's slave, from the cradle to the grave.
Grant Folly's prayers that hinder Folly's wish, And serve the ends of wisdom.george eliot
Fashion, though Folly's child, and guide of fools, Rules e'en the wisest, and in learning rules.George Crabbe
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