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Genius creates, and taste preserves. Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is only sublime folly.
Childhood: the period of human life intermediate between the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth - two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age.
Men are happy to be laughed at for their humor, but not for their folly.
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools.
It is the folly of too many to mistake the echo of a London coffee-house for the voice of the kingdom.
War contains so much folly, as well as wickedness, that much is to be hoped from the progress of reason.
To become Christ-like is the only thing in the whole world worth caring for, the thing before which every ambition of man is folly and all lower achievement vain.
The obstinacy of cleverness and reason is nothing to the obstinacy of folly and inanity.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn't -it's human.
The one process now going on that will take millions of years to correct is the loss of genetic and species diversity by the destruction of natural habitats. This is the folly our descendants are least likely to forgive us.
E. O. Wilson
Those who realize their folly are not true fools.
To attempt the destruction of our passions is the height of folly. What a noble aim is that of the zealot who tortures himself like a madman in order to desire nothing, love nothing, feel nothing, and who, if he succeeded, would end up a complete monster!
At times it is folly to hasten at other times, to delay. The wise do everything in its proper time.
The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.
When lovely woman stoops to folly, and finds too late that men betray, what charm can soothe her melancholy, what art can wash her guilt away?
The inquiry constantly is what will please, not what will benefit the people. In such a government there can be nothing but temporary expedient, fickleness, and folly.
Human folly does not impede the turning of the stars.
The best plan is to profit by the folly of others.
Pliny the Elder
My only books were woman's looks, and folly's all they've taught me.
This Old Testament - containing error, folly, absurdity and immorality - is by English statute law declared to be of divine authority, a blasphemy - if there were anyone to be blasphemed - blacker and more insolent than any word ever written or penned by the most hotheaded Freethinker.
The folly which we might have ourselves committed is the one which we are least ready to pardon in another.
Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom.
There is perhaps no surer mark of folly, than to attempt to correct natural infirmities of those we love.
Frequent and loud laughter is the characteristic of folly and ill manners.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
It may be assumed as an axiom that Providence has never gifted any political party with all of political wisdom or blinded it with all of political folly.
John George Nicolay
C. S. Lewis
Leonardo da Vinci
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