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
History shows again and again How nature points out the folly of man.
All higher knowledge in her presence falls Degraded, wisdom in discourse with her Loses discount'nanced, and like folly shows.john milton
'Tis melancholy, and a fearful sign Of human frailty, folly, also crime, That love and marriage rarely can combine, Although they both are born in the same clime; Marriage from love, like vinegar from wine A sad, sour, sober beverageby time Is sharpened from its high celestial flavour, Down to a very homely household savour.Rochdale
If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.william blake
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
The first chapter of fools is to think themselves wise. (Strauss, 1994 p. 879)Every fool is pleased with his own folly.
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
All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people.james a. garfield
A little folly is desirable in him that will not be guilty of stupidity.Michel de Montaigne
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
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