Foolishness Proverbs

Sayings about Foolishness & the Fools

Never trust a fool with a sword. ~ Arabian Proverb

If you give in to a fool, he will say, “This is because they are afraid of me.” ~ Arabian Proverb

A fool is not afraid to lose his mind. ~ Russian Proverb

It’s a foolish sheep that makes the wolf its confessor. ~ Italian Proverb

A fool who knows he is a fool has a little intelligence, but a fool that thinks he is intelligent is really a fool. ~ Sanskrit Proverb

The more you flatter a fool, the more seriously he plays his game. ~ Spanish Proverb

Zeal is fit only for wise men but is found mostly in fools. ~ Ancient Proverb

A foolish man may be known by six things: Anger without cause, speech without profit, change without progress, inquiry without object, putting trust in a stranger, and mistaking foes for friends. ~ Saudi Arabian Proverb

One never needs their humor as much a when they argue with a fool. ~ Chinese Proverb

You cannot be very smart if you have never done anything foolish. ~ French Proverb

The tongue of the fool is always long. ~ Armenian Proverb

Stubbornness is the energy of fools. ~ German Proverb

Don’t think you are eloquent just because a fool applauds you. ~ Arabian Proverb

To sing to the deaf, to talk with the dumb, and to dance for the blind are three foolish things. ~ Indian Proverb

Men can acquire knowledge, but not wisdom. Some of the greatest fools ever known were learned men. ~ Spanish Proverb

A fool is like all other men as long as he remains silent. ~ Danish Proverb

Never has a man more need of his intelligence than when a fool asks him a question. ~ Chinese Proverb

He that is his own lawyer has a fool for a client. ~ Traditional Proverb

Nothing looks more like a sensible man as a fool who holds his tongue. ~ German Proverb

Young people tell what they are doing, old people what they have done, and fools what they wish to do. ~ French Proverb

Too much prosperity makes most men fools. ~ Italian Proverb

He is a fool who does not consider his own interests. ~ Maltese Proverb

Old age is no protection against foolishness. ~ German Proverb

Everybody loves a fool, but nobody wants him for a son. ~ Ivorian Proverb

In a deal there are two fools: the one who asks too much and the one who asks too little. ~ Russian Proverb

A woman’s advice is of little value, but he who does not take it is a fool. ~ Spanish Proverb

Don’t approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side. ~ Jewish Proverb

Loving with the eyes only, has blinded a lot of fools. ~ French Proverb

Every man is a fool in some man’s opinion. ~ Spanish Proverb

A fool and water will go the way they are directed. ~ Ethiopian Proverb

Fools never get grey hair. ~ French Proverb

If you follow a fool, you’re a fool yourself. ~ Jamaican Proverb

Wit without discretion is a sword in the hand of a fool. ~ Spanish Proverb

Every fool is different. ~ German Proverb

Walls are the notebooks of fools. ~ Arabian Proverb

A foolish bride gets no presents. ~ Indian Proverb

When a finger is pointing at the moon, the fool looks at the finger. ~ Chinese Proverb

Never give a sword to a fool or power to an unjust man. ~ Greek Proverb

He is a fool that kisseth the maid when he may kiss the mistress. ~ English Proverb

They are fools whose sheep run away twice. ~ Traditional Proverb

After a foolish deed comes remorse. ~ Kenyan Proverb

Luck sometimes visits a fool, but never sits down with him. ~ German Proverb

The right answer to a fool is silence. ~ Afghan Proverb

If a man fools me once, shame on him. If he fools me twice, shame on me. ~ Chinese Proverb

A fool is like the big drum that beats fast but does not realize its hollowness. ~ Malay Proverb

By the time the fool has learned the game, the players have dispersed. ~ Ghanaian Proverb

The stubborn man is ruled by a fool. ~ German Proverb

Crafty advice is often got from a fool. ~ Irish Proverb

All men are fools, but all fools are not men. ~ United States Proverb

The soul of a fool is always dancing on the tip of his tongue. ~ Arabian Proverb

When a fool is cursed, he thinks he is being praised. ~ Ethiopian Proverb

Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet. ~ African Proverb

A fool in a hurry drinks tea with a fork. ~ Chinese Proverb

There are three “too much” and three “too little” that can bring a fool down: too much spending and too little money; too much talking and too little knowledge; and too much boasting and too little earnings. ~ Spanish Proverb

Many talk like philosophers yet live like fools. ~ Traditional Proverb

A barber learns to shave by shaving fools. ~ Romanian Proverb

The heart of fools proclaims foolishness. ~ Biblical Proverb

Hell shared with a sage is better than paradise with a fool. ~ Yiddish Proverb

Every man has a fool up his sleeve. ~ United States Proverb

To be a fool at the right time is also an art. ~ Swiss Proverb

A fool who knows Latin is never a real fool. ~ Spanish Proverb

The complete fool is half prophet. ~ Yiddish Proverb

The fool’s mother is always pregnant. ~ French Proverb

A fool only wins the first game. ~ Danish Proverb

It’s quite true there’s a fool born every minute. It’s also quite true they don’t die that fast. ~ Sayings

A spoon does not know the taste of soup, nor a learned fool the taste of wisdom. ~ Welsh Proverb

Men are so completely fools by necessity that he is but a fool in a higher strain of folly who does not confess his foolishness. ~ Blaise Pascal

All fools are brothers. ~ Swedish Proverb

If fools went not to market, bad wares would not be sold. ~ Spanish Proverb

In life, each of us must sometimes play the fool. ~ Yiddish Proverb

To give counsel to a fool is like throwing water on a goose. ~ Danish Proverb

Make it foolproof, and someone will make a better fool. ~ Traditional Proverb

From the well of envy, only a fool drinks the water. ~ Nigerien Proverb

Man fools himself. He prays for a long life, and he fears an old age. ~ Chinese Proverb

He who is his own teacher has a fool for a pupil. ~ German Proverb

A great fortune in the hands of a fool is a great misfortune. ~ Sayings

He who asks a question may be a fool for five minutes; he who asks no questions stays a fool forever. ~ Chinese Proverb

Fools live poor to die rich. ~ Traditional Proverb

He is no fool who gives that which he cannot keep in order to gain that which he cannot lose. ~ Sayings

Silence is the best answer to the stupid. The fool has his answer on the tip of his tongue. ~ Saudi Arabian Proverb

Six hours for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool. ~ English Proverb

You don’t need a candle to look for a fool. ~ Serbian Proverb

A fool will jump into the bath and forget to wash his face. ~ Yiddish Proverb

Let fools and wind pass. ~ Spanish Proverb

Only fools are glad when governments change. ~ Romanian Proverb

Women and fools never forgive. ~ Chinese Proverb

The fool’s excuse is bigger than the mistake he made. ~ Iranian Proverb

The world is in the hands of fools. ~ Hebrew Proverb

A fool admires himself most when he has done foolish things. ~ Chinese Proverb

If every fool wore a crown, we should all be kings. ~ Welsh Proverb

There are more foolish buyers than foolish sellers. ~ French Proverb

There is no medicine for a fool. ~ Japanese Proverb

Never try to be more foolish than the jester. ~ Yiddish Proverb

There is a fool at every feast. ~ Dutch Proverb

Sometimes the whole nation has to pay for the foolish deed of one man. ~ German Proverb

Fools grow without watering. ~ Italian Proverb

Of the good we have an understanding, for fools we keep a stick upstairs. ~ Mongolian Proverb

There’s no fool like a learned fool. ~ Italian Proverb

Soon ripe, soon rotten; soon wise, soon foolish. ~ Dutch Proverb

There’s no fool like an old fool. ~ Traditional Proverb

In the presence of Fate, the physician becomes a fool. ~ Arabian Proverb

A woman listens only to the advice of a fool. ~ African Proverb

The fool is always beginning to live. ~ Sayings

A fool is someone who trusts another fool. ~ Spanish Proverb

If a fool borrows a book cut off his hand; but cut off both hands of the fool who brings it back. ~ Iranian Proverb

Useless wisdom is double foolishness. ~ Icelandic Proverb

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