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FOLLY The folly of one man is the fortune of another.

BACON-Of Fortune.

2 Un sot trouve toujours un plus sot qui l'admire.

A fool always finds one still more foolish to admire him. BOILEAU-L'Art Poétique. I. 232.

3 Fool me no fools. BULWER-LYTTON—Last Days of Pompeii. Bk.

III. Ch. 6.

The solemn fog; significant and budge;
A fool with judges,

amongst fools a judge.
COWPER— Conversation. L. 299.
(See also QUINTILIAN, also JOHNSON under Wir)
Defend me, therefore, common sense, say
From reveries so airy, from the toil
Of dropping buckets into empty wells,
And growing old in drawing nothing up.
COWPERTask. Bk. III. L. 187.

(See also SMITH, YOUNG) 18 L'exactitude est le sublime des sots.

Exactness is the sublimity of fools. Attributed to FONTENELLE, who disclaimed it. 19

A fool and a wise man are alike both in the starting-place their birth, and at the posttheir death; only they differ in the race of their lives. FULLERThe Holy and Profane States. Of

Natural Fools. Maxim IV.

To swallow gudgeons ere they're catch'd.
And count their chickens ere they're hatch'd.
BUTLERHudibras. Pt. II. Canto III. L.



Fools are my theme, let satire be my song. BYRON–English Bards and Scotch Reviewers.

L. 6.


Folly loves the martyrdom of Fame.
BYRON-Monody on the Death of the Right Hon.

R. B. Sheridan. L. 68.
More knave than fool.
CERVANTESDon Quixote. Pt. I. Bk. IV.

Ch. 2. 8

Mas acompañados y paniguados debe di tener la locura que la discrecion.

Folly is wont to have more followers and comrades than discretion. CERVANTES—Don Quixote. II. 13.

A rational reaction against irrational excesses and vagaries of skepticism may

readily degenerate into the rival folly of credulity. GLADSTONE-Time and Place of Homer. In

troductory. 21

He is a fool Who only sees the mischiefs that are past. HOMER-Iliad. Bk. XVII. L. 39. BRYANT'S



Stultorum incurata malus pudor ulcera celat.

The shame of fools conceals their open . wounds. HORACE-Epistles. I. 16. 24.

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Young men think old men are fools; but old men know young men are fools. GEO. CHAPMAN-AU Fools. Act V. Sc. 1.

L. 292. (See also METCALF) 10 Les plus courtes folies sont les meilleures.

The shortest follies are the best. CHARRON—Las Sagesse. Bk. I. Ch. 3. (See also LA GIRONDIÈRE; also MOLIÈRE

under ERROR) 11 Fool beckons fool, and dunce awakens dunce.

CHURCHILL-Apology. L. 42.

12 Stultorum plena sunt omnia.

All places are filled with fools. CICEROEpistles. LX. 22. 13

Culpa enim illa, bis ad eundem, vulgari reprehensa proverbio est:

To stumble twice against the same stone, is a proverbial disgrace. CICERO-Epistles. X. 20.

A man may be as much a fool from the want of sensibility as the want of sense. MRS. JAMESON-Studies. Detached Thoughts.

P. 122. 25 Fears of the brave and follies of the wise.

SAMUEL JOHNSON. Vanity of Human Wishes.


Un fat celui que les sots croient un homme de mérite.

A fool is one whom simpletons believe to be a man of merit. LA BRUYÈRE-Les Caractères. XII.


Hélas! on voit que de tout temps
Les Petits ont pâti des sottises des grands.

Alas! we see that the small have always suffered for the follies of the great. LA FONTAINE-Fables. II. 4.



Hain't we got all the fools in town on our side? And ain't that a big enough majority in any town? S. L. CLEMENS (Mark Twain)Huckleberry

Finn. Ch. 26.

Ce livre n'est pas long, on le voit en une heure; La plus courte folie est toujours la meilleure.

This book is not long, one may run over it in an hour; the shortest folly is always the best. LA GIRANDIÈRE-Le Recueil des Voyeux Epi

grammes. (See also CHARRON)


A fool must now and then be right by chance.

COWPER-Conversation. L. 96.














Qui vit sans folie n'est pas si sage qu'il croit. Leave such to trifle with more grace and ease,

He who lives without committing any folly Whom Folly pleases, and whose Follies please. is not so wise as he thinks.

POPE-Second Book of Horace. Ep. II. L. 326. LA ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maximes. 209.

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is Un sot n'a pas assez d'étoffe pour être bon. counted wise.

A fool has not material enough to be good. Proverbs. XVII. 28.

Every fool will be meddling.
The right to be a cussed fool

Proverbs. XX. 3.
Is safe from all devices human,
It's common (ez a gin'l rule)

Answer a fool according to his folly.
To every critter born of woman.

Proverbs. XXVI. 5.
LOWELLThe Biglow Papers. Second Series. 21
No. 7. St. 16.

Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar

among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolA fool! a fool! my coxcomb for a fool!

ishness depart from him. MARSTON-Parasitaster.

Proverbs. XXVII. 22. 5 I have play'd the fool, the gross fool, to believe

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. The bosom of a friend will hold a secret

Psalms. XIV. 1; LIII. 1. Mine own could not contain.

23 MASSINGER—Unnatural Combat. Act V. Sc. Qui stultis videri eruditi volunt, stulti eruditis 2.


Those who wish to appear wise among fools, Young men think old men fools, and old men among the wise seem foolish. know young men to be so.

QUINTILIAN. X. 7. 22. Quoted by CAMDEN as a saying of DR. METCALF,

(See also COWPER)

After a man has sown his wild oats in the years Quantum est in rebus inane!

of his youth, he has still every year to get over a How much folly there is in human affairs.

few weeks and days of folly. PERSIUS-Satires. I. 1.

RICHTERFlower, Fruit, and Thorn Pieces.

Bk. II. Ch. V. An old doting fool, with one foot already in the grave.

Stultus est qui fructus magnarum arborum PLUTARCH-Morals. On the Training of spectat, altitudinem non metitur. Children.

He is a fool who looks at the fruit of lofty

trees, but does not measure their height. The rest on outside merit but presume,

QUINTUS CURTIUS RUFUSDe Rebus Gestis Or serve (like other fools) to fill a room.

Alexandri Magni. VII. 8. POPE-Dunciad. Bk. I. L. 136.

Insipientis est dicere, Non putaram. So by false learning is good sense defac'd;

It is the part of a fool to say, I should not Some are bewilder'd in the maze of schools, have thought. And some made coxcombs Nature meant but SCIPIO AFRICANUS. See Cicero.

De Off. fools.

XXIII. 81. VALERIUS. Bk. VII. 2. 2. POPE—Essay on Criticism. Pt. I. L. 25.


Where lives the man that has not tried, We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow;

How mirth can into folly glide, Our wiser sons, no doubt, will think us so.

And folly into sin! POPE-Essay on Criticism. Pt. II. L. 438. Scott-Bridal of Triermain. Canto I. St. 21.

Inter cætera mala hoc quoque habet For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

Stultitia semper incipit vivere. POPE—Essay on Criticism. Pt. III. L. 66.

Among other evils folly has also this, that

it is always beginning to live. The fool is happy that he knows no more.

SENECAEpistolæ Ad Lucilium. 13. Pope-Essay on Man. Ep. II. L. 264.

Sir, for a quart d'écu he will sell the fee-simple Whether the charmer sinner it, or saint it,

of his salvation, the inheritance of it; and cut If folly grow romantic, I must paint it.

the entail from all remainders. PoPE—Moral Essays. Ep. II. L. 15.

All's Well That Ends Well. Act. IV. Sc. 3.

L. 311.
Die and endow a college or a cat.
POPE-Moral Essays. Ep. III. To Bathurst. A fool, a fool! I met a fool i' the forest,
L. 96.

A motley fool; a miserable world!

As I do live by food, I met a fool; No creature smarts so little as a fool.

Who laid him down and bask'd him in the sun. POPEPrologue to Satires. L. 84.

As You Like It. Act II. Sc. 7. L. 12.
















O noble fool!
A worthy fool! Motley's the only wear.

As You Like It. Act II. Sc. 7. L. 33.

I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad: and to travel for it too!

As You Like It. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 26. 3

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

As You Like It. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 34. Fools are not mad folks.

Cymbeline. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 105. 5

Let the doors be shut upon him, that he may play the fool nowhere but in's own house.

Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 134.

He has spent all his life in letting down empty buckets into empty wells, and he is frittering away his age in trying to draw them up again. SYDNEY SMITH-Lady Holland's Memoir. Vol. I. P. 259.

(See also COWPER) For take thy ballaunce if thou be so wise, And weigh the winde that under heaven doth

blow; Or weigh the light that in the east doth rise; Or weigh the thought that from man's mind doth

flow. SPENSER-Faerie Queene. Bk. V. Canto II.

St. 43.



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Well, thus we play the fools with the time, and the spirits of the wise sit in the clouds and mock us.

Henry IV. Pt. II. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 154. How ill white hairs become a fool and jester!

Henry IV. Pt. II. Act V. Sc. 5. L. 52.
A fool's bolt is soon shot.

Henry V. Act III. Sc. 7. L. 132.
The fool hath planted in his memory
An army of good words; and I do know
A many fools, that stand in better place,
Garnish'd like him, that for a tricksy word
Defy the matter.

Merchant of Venice. Act III. Sc. 5. L. 71.

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Qui se croit sage, 6 ciel! est un grand fou.

He who thinks himself wise, O heavens! is a great fool. VOLTAIRE—Le Droit du Seigneur. IV. 1.

23 The greatest men May ask a foolish question, now and then. JOHN WOLCOTThe Apple Dumpling and the

King. 24

Be wise with speed; A fool at forty is a fool indeed.

YOUNG-Love of Fame. Satire II. L. 281.


To wisdom he's a fool that will not yield.

Pericles. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 54.

12 This fellow is wise enough to play the fool; And to do that well craves a kind of wit.

Twelfth Night. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 67. 13 Marry, sir, they praise me and make an ass of me; now my foes tell me plainly I am an ass; so that by my foes, sir, I profit in the knowledge of myself.

Twelfth Night. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 19.

14 I hold him but a fool that will endanger His body for a girl that loves him not. Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act V. Sc. 4. L.

133. 15

You may as well Forbid the sea for to obey the moon As or by oath remove or counsel shake The fabric of his folly.

Winter's Tale. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 426.

16 'Tis not by guilt the onward sweep Of truth and right, O Lord, we stay; 'Tis by our follies that so long We hold the earth from heaven away.

E. R. SILL-The Fool's Prayer.

At thirty man suspects himself a fool;
Knows it at forty, and reforms his plan.

YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night I. L. 417.

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FOOT My feet, they haul me Round the House,

They Hoist me up the Stairs;
I only have to steer them, and

They Ride me Everywheres.


And the prettiest foot! Oh, if a man could but fasten his eyes to her feet, as they steal in and out, and play at bo-peep under her petticoats! CONGREVE—Love for Love. Act I. Sc. 1.

(See also HERRICK)


The tread Of coming footsteps cheats the midnight watcher Who holds her heart and waits to hear them

pause, And hears them never pause, but pass and die.

GEORGE ELIOTThe Spanish Gypsy. Bk. III.

14 There scatter'd oft the earliest of ye Year By Hands unseen are showers of Vi'lets found; The Redbreast loves to build and warble there, And little Footsteps lightly print the ground. GRAY-MS of Elegy in a Country Church

yard. Corrections made by Gray are "year” for “Spring”, “showers" for "fre

quent”, “redbreast” for “robin”. Vestigia terrent Omnia te adversum spectantia, nulla retrorsum.

The footsteps are terrifying, all coming towards you and none going back again. HORACEEp. Bk. I. 1. 74. Qruoted Vestigia

nulla retrorsum.



It is a suggestive idea to track those worn feet backward through all the paths they have trodden ever since they were the tender and rosy little feet of a baby, and (cold as they now are) were kept warm in his mother's hand. HAWTHORNE—The Marble Faun. Vol. I. Ch.

XXI. 4 Better a barefoot than none.

HERBERT Jacula Prudentum.



And so to tread
As if the wind, not she, did walk;
Nor prest a flower, nor bow'd a stalk.

BEN JONSON—Masques. The Vision of Delight.

Her pretty feet
Like snails did creep,

A little out, and then,
As if they played at bo-peep

Did soon draw in agen. HERRICK–Upon her Feet.



Her treading would not bend a blade of grass, Or shake the downy blow-ball from his stalk!

BEN JONSONThe Sad Shepherd.

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A beau is one who arranges his curled locks The tumult and the shouting dies, gracefully, who ever smells of balm, and cinna The captains and the kings depart; mon; who hums the songs of the Nile, and Ca- Still stands thine ancient sacrifice, diz; who throws his sleek arms into various atti A humble and a contrite heart. tudes; who idles away the whole day among the Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet chairs of the ladies, and is ever whispering

into Lest we forget,lest we forget. some one's ear; who reads little billets-doux from KIPLING-Recessional Hymn. this quarter and that, and writes them in return; Perhaps of Biblical inspiration. "He smelleth who avoids ruffling his dress by contact with his the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, neighbour's sleeve, who knows with whom every and the shouting.' body is in love; who flutters from feast to feast, Job. XXXIX. 25. who can recount exactly the pedigree of Hirpinus

. What do you tell me? is this a beau, Cotilus? Then a beau, Cotilus, is a very trifling

Forgotten? No, we never do forget:

We let the years go; wash them clean with tears, thing.

Leave them to bleach out in the open day, MARTIAL-Epigrams. Bk. III. Ep. 6.

Or lock them careful by, like dead friends'

clothes, Nature made every fop to plague his brother, Till we shall dare unfold them without pain,Just as one beauty mortifies another.

But we forget not, never can forget. POPE-Satire IV. L. 258.

D. M. MULOCK-A Flower of a Day.
A lofty cane, a sword with silver hilt,

Mistakes remember'd are not faults forgot.
A ring, two watches, and a snuff box gilt.
Recipe "To Makea Modern Fop.(About 1770)

R. H. NEWELL-The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers.

Second Series. Columbia's Agony. St. 9. This is the excellent foppery of the world.

Intrantis medici facies tres esse videntur King Lear. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 128.

Ægrotanti; hominis, Dæmonis, atque Dei.

Cum primum accessit medicus dixitque salutem, A fop? In this brave, licentious age

En Deus aut custos angelus, æger ait. To bring his musty morals on the stage?

To the sick man the physician when he enRhire us to reason? and our lives redress

ters seems to have three faces, those of a man, In metre, as Druids did the savages.

a devil, a god. When the physician first comes TUKEThe Adventures of Five Hours. Act V.

and announces the safety of the patient, then

the sick man says: “Behold a God or a guardHas death his fopperies?

ian angel! YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night II. L. 231. JOHN OWEN–Works.




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Our God and soldier we alike adore,
When at the brink of ruin, not before;
After deliverance both alike requited,
Our God forgotten, and our soldiers slighted.

(See also KIPLING under SOLDIERS)


If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

Psalms. CXXXVII. 5.


A man must get a thing before he can forget it.
HOLMES-Medical Essays. 300.

The wind blows out, the bubble dies;
The spring entomb'd in autumn lies;
The dew dries up; the star is shot;
The flight is past-and man forgot.
Attributed to DR. HENRY KING. Credited to

FRANCIS BEAUMONT (1600) in a periodical

pub. about 1828. 11 God of our fathers, known of old,

Lord of our far-flung battle-line, Beneath whose awful Hand we hold

Dominion over palm and pine Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget-lest we forget!

KIPLING-Recessional Hymn.

We bury love,
Forgetfulness grows over it like grass;
That is a thing to weep for, not the dead.

Poem. Pt. III.


One day I wrote her name upon the strand,

But came the waves and washed it away;
Agayne I wrote it with a second hand,
But came the tyde and made my paynes his


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