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Definition of Folly


  1. The state of being foolish; want of good sense; levity, weakness, or derangement of mind.
  2. A foolish act; an inconsiderate or thoughtless procedure; weak or light-minded conduct; foolery.
  3. Scandalous crime; sin; specifically, as applied to a woman, wantonness.
  4. The result of a foolish action or enterprise.

Folly Quotations

What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature.

But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.
Edmund Burke

It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The Queen is most anxious to enlist everyone in checking this mad, wicked folly of 'Women's Rights'. It is a subject which makes the Queen so furious that she cannot contain herself.
Queen Victoria

In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.
George Orwell
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Folly Translations

folly in French is folie
folly in German is Torheit
folly in Italian is stoltezza
folly in Latin is insania
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