Folly Quotes

All my joys to this are folly Naught so sweet as melancholy.

Robert Burton

There are more fools than wise men, and even in a wise man there is more folly than wisdom.

Nicolas Chamfort

Love, a pleasant folly; ambition, a serious stupidity.

Nicolas Chamfort

The picture placed the busts between Adds to the thought much strength; Wisdom and Wit are little seen, But Folly's at full length.

Jane Brereton

Debt is a prolific mother of folly and of crime

Benjamin Disraeli

If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.

William Blake

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?

Oliver Goldsmith

Mingle a little folly with your wisdom; a little nonsense now and then is pleasant.


Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.

Samuel Johnson

True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.


Public opinion is a compound of folly, weakness, prejudice, wrong feeling, right feeling, obstinacy, and newspaper paragraphs.

Robert Peel

The obstinacy of cleverness and reason is nothing to the obstinacy of folly and inanity.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Obstinacy and heat in argument are surest proofs of folly. Is there anything so stubborn, obstinate, disdainful, contemplative, grave, or serious, as an ass?

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Whatever excites the spirit of contradiction is capable of producing the last effects of heroism; which is only the highest pitch of obstinacy, in a good or bad cause, in wisdom or folly.

William Hazlitt

Of all the passions of mankind, the love of novelty most rules the mind. In search of this, from realm to realm we roam. Our fleets come loaded with every folly home.

Shelby Foote

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