Foolishness

Thomas S. Monson Page

“The wisdom of God oft times appears as foolishness to men, but the greatest single lesson we can learn in mortality is that when god speaks and a man obeys, that man will always be right.”

- Thomas S. Monson

Source/Notes: Decisions BYU Devotional, February 6, 1977
François de La Rochefoucauld Page

“There are foolish people who recognize their foolishness and use it skillfully.”

- François de La Rochefoucauld

Source/Notes: Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678)
Osho Page

“I have never been a celibate. If people believe so, that is their foolishness. I have always loved women — and perhaps more women than anybody else. You can see my beard: it has become grey so quickly because I have lived so intensely that I have compressed almost two hundred years into fifty.”

- Osho

Source/Notes: The Last Testament : Interviews with the World Press (1986)
Golda Meir Page

“Women's Liberation is just a lot of foolishness. It's the men who are discriminated against. They can't bear children. And no one's likely to do anything about that.”

- Golda Meir

Source/Notes: As quoted in Newsweek (23 October 1972)
Charles Dickens Page

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

- Charles Dickens

Source/Notes: A Tale of Two Cities

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Cormac McCarthy Page

“It is supposed to be true that those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it. I don't believe knowing can save us. What is constant in history is greed and foolishness and a love of blood, and this is a thing that even God--who knows all that can be known--seems powerless to change.”

- Cormac McCarthy

Source/Notes: All the Pretty Horses (1992)
Louis Pasteur Page

“Posterity will one day laugh at the foolishness of modern materialistic philosophers. The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator. I pray while I am engaged at my work in the laboratory.”

- Louis Pasteur

Source/Notes: As quoted in The Literary Digest (18 October 1902)
Paul of Tarsus Page

“A physical man does not receive the things of the spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot get to know, because they are examined spiritually. However, the spiritual man examines indeed all things, but he himself is not examined by any man.”

- Paul of Tarsus

Source/Notes: 1 Corinthians 2:14,15
Antoine François Prévost Page

“The foolishness of the great and the wealthy is an excellent source of revenue for the humble.”

- Antoine François Prévost

Source/Notes: L'Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut (1731)
Benjamin Franklin Page

“We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride and four times as much by our foolishness.”

- Benjamin Franklin

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Afrika Bambaataa Page

“We also want to try and slow down all this foolishness that's going on between the East and West. We gotta understand that Hip Hop is now universal. Hip Hop is not East coast or West coast.”

- Afrika Bambaataa

Afrika Bambaataa Page

“We want you to sit down and leave your egos at home and let's get an understanding as to where all this is foolishness coming from. There are others who are putting things out there or throwing a stick and hiding their hand and keeping things built up in the media.”

- Afrika Bambaataa

Jean de la Bruyere Page

“As favor and riches forsake a man, we discover in him the foolishness they concealed, and which no one perceived before.”

- Jean de la Bruyere

Source/Notes: Aphorism 4 - Les Caractères (1688)
Abraham Cowley Page

“Solitude can be used well by very few people. They who do must have a knowledge of the world to see the foolishness of it, and enough virtue to despise all the vanity.”

- Abraham Cowley

Khalil Gibran Page

“Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.”

- Khalil Gibran

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Sidney Hook Page

“Idealism, alas, does not protect one from ignorance, dogmatism, and foolishness.”

- Sidney Hook

Horace Page

“Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.”

- Horace