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A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish.
Charles Caleb Colton
Many people want to send their children to faith schools because they get good exam results, but they're not foolish enough to believe that it's because of faith that they get good exam results.
If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
I think any man in business would be foolish to fool around with his secretary. If it's somebody else's secretary, fine.
Where ignorance is bliss it's foolish to borrow your neighbor's newspaper.
As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.
When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.
There is nothing more foolish, nothing more given to outrage than a useless mob.
If you don't educate yourself, you'll never get out of the starting block because you'll spend all your money making foolish decisions.
The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers.
Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered have prevented a single foolish action.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world.
It would not be foolish to contemplate the possibility of a far greater progress still.
John Maynard Keynes
Things that I felt absolutely sure of but a few years ago, I do not believe now. This thought makes me see more clearly how foolish it would be to expect all men to agree with me.
Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.
Idealists foolish enough to throw caution to the winds have advanced mankind and have enriched the world.
In my view, it's irreverence, foolish confidence and naivety combined with persistence, open mindedness and a continual ability to learn that created Facebook, Google, Yahoo, eBay, Microsoft, Apple, Juniper, AOL, Sun Microsystems and others.
Nobody ever did anything very foolish except from some strong principle.
The best servants of the people, like the best valets, must whisper unpleasant truths in the master's ear. It is the court fool, not the foolish courtier, whom the king can least afford to lose.
Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.
Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unsettling business, a little like waking from a long coma. Time, you discover, has wrought changes that leave you feeling mildly foolish and out of touch.
There are well-dressed foolish ideas just as there are well-dressed fools.
It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.
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