There is no greater folly in the world than for a man to despair.

The folly of all follies is to be love sick for a shadow.

He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

The hours of folly are measured by the clock, but of wisdom no clock can measure.

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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.

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools.

To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.

It's the height of folly to want to be the only wise one.

No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism.

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

Men are happy to be laughed at for their humor, but not for their folly.

The fool who persists in his folly will become wise.

Human folly does not impede the turning of the stars.

The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.

If you wouldn't live long, live well; for folly and wickedness shorten life.

Nothing is too high for the daring of mortals: we storm heaven itself in our folly.

Anger begins with folly, and ends with repentance.

The preserve of ambition and folly in pursuit of illusion, or delusion.

Folly is perennial, yet the human race has survived.

He uses his folly like a stalking-horse, and under the presentation of that he shoots his wit.

His honest, patronizing pride in the good-will and respect of everybody about him was a safeguard even against foolish romance, still more against a lower kind of folly.

Much of the wisdom of one age, is the folly of the next.

What ever the motive for the insult, it is always best to overlook it;

for folly doesn't deserve resentment, and malice is punished by neglect.

Sweet bird, that shun the noise of folly, most musical, most melancholy!

Wisdom hath her excesses, and no less need of moderation than folly.

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.

It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.

Purity engenders Wisdom, Passion avarice, and Ignorance folly, infatuation and darkness.

It is folly to punish your neighbor by fire when you live next door.

Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.

Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy;

profit from folly rather than participate in it.

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

Folly loves the martyrdom of fame.

He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks.

Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn't --it's human.

Frequent and loud laughter is the characteristic of folly and ill manners.

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude;

be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.

To attempt the destruction of our passions is the height of folly.

What a noble aim is that of the zealot who tortures himself like a madman in order to desire nothing, love nothing, feel nothing, and who, if he succeeded, would end up a complete monster!

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?

It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone.

Experience - the wisdom that enables us to recognise in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced.

The Steps to Folly as well as Sin are gradual, and almost imperceptible, and when we are once on the Decline, we go down without taking notice on't.

At times it is folly to hasten at other times, to delay. The wise do everything in its proper time.

The folly which we might have ourselves committed is the one which we are least ready to pardon in another.

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.

The best plan is to profit by the folly of others.

He who lives without folly is not as wise as he may think.

A plural Legislature is as necessary to good Government as a single Executive.

It is not enough that your Legislature should be numerous; it should also be divided. Numbers alone are not a sufficient Barrier against the Impulses of Passion, the Combinations of Interest, the Intrigues of Faction, the Haste of Folly, or the Spirit of Encroachment. One Division should watch over and controul the other, supply its Wants, correct its Blunders, and cross its Designs, should they be criminal or erroneous. Wisdom is the specific Quality of the Legislature, grows out of the Number of the Body, and is made up of the Portions of Sense and Knowledge which each Member brings to it.

What a curious picture it is to find man, homo sapiens, of divine origin, we are told, seriously considering going underground to escape the consequences of his own folly. With a little wisdom and foresight, surely it is not yet necessary to forsake life in the fresh air and in the warmth of the sunlight. What a paradox if our own cleverness in science should force us to live underground with the moles.

While the people retain their virtue, and vigilance, no administration, by any extreme of wickedness or folly, can very seriously injure the government, in the short space of four years.