What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature.— Voltaire
Craziest Human Folly quotations
I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.
My life is like a memento mori painting from European art: there is always a grinning skull at my side to remind me of the folly of human ambition.
There is perhaps no better a demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world.
Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
These are the times for real choices and not false ones.
We are at the moment when our lives must be placed on the line if our nation is to survive its own folly. Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest.
The Crusades - the most signal and most durable monument of human folly that has yet appeared in any age or nation.
The utter folly of our time is lamentable, that men should think to assist God with human help and to protect the Church of Christ by worldly ambition.
All human unhappiness comes from not facing reality squarely, exactly as it is.
Clever people are never credited with their follies: what a deprivation of human rights!
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.
Is there in all the history of human folly a greater fool than a clergymen in politics?
It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.
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.
Magic has power to experience and fathom things which are inaccessible to human reason. For magic is a great secret wisdom, just as reason is a great public folly.
As there is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it, so reasonable arguments, challenges to magnanimity, and appeals to sympathy or justice, are folly when we are dealing with human crocodiles and boa-constrictors.
The way of the miracle-worker is to see all human behavior as one of two things: either love, or a call for love.
History celebrates the battlefields whereon we meet our death, but scorns to speak of the plowed fields whereby we thrive. It knows the names of the king's bastards but cannot tell us the origin of wheat. This is the way of human folly.
There are three things in life which are real: God, human folly and laughter.
Since the first two are beyond our comprehension, we must do what we can with the third.
The natural effort of every individual to better his own condition is so powerful that it is alone, and without any assistance, capable not only of carrying on the society to wealth and prosperity, but of surmounting 100 impertinent obstructions with which the folly of human laws too often encumbers its operations.
The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.
What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity.
None of us is guaranteed against failure or corruption of any kind;
witness what's going on in the world in this moment, the follies of human nature and the failures of human nature.
What is toleration? It is the prerogative of humanity.
We are all steeped in weaknesses and errors: Let us forgive one another's follies, it is the first law of nature.
Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.
Broadly speaking, we are in the middle of a race between human skill as a means and human folly as an end.
Such is the uncertainty of human affairs, that security and despair are equal follies; and as it is presumption and arrogance to anticipate triumphs, it is weakness and cowardice to prog-nosticate miscarriages.
Prayer girds human weakness with divine strength, turns human folly into heavenly wisdom, and gives to troubled mortals the peace of God. We know not what prayer can do.
Laughter is the greatest weapon we have and we, as humans, use it the least.
A fondness for power is implanted in most men, and it is natural to abuse it when acquired. This maxim, drawn from the experience of all ages, makes it the height of folly to intrust any set of men with power which is not under every possible control; perpetual strides are made after more as long as there is any part withheld.
Why was the human race created? Or at least why wasn't something creditable created in place of it? God had His opportunity. He could have made a reputation. But no, He must commit this grotesque folly -- a lark which must have cost Him a regret or two when He came to think it over and observe effects.
Childhood: the period of human life intermediate between the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth - two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age.
One thing that defines humans: if we can imagine it, we can do it.
I can measure the motion of bodies but I cannot measure human folly.
Human folly does not impede the turning of the stars.
Beauty is the greatest of human powers.
Any power without counterbalance or control becomes autocratic and leads to abuse and to folly. Despotism in a government is insanity; in woman, fantasy.
The last of the human freedoms - to choose ones attitude in any given set of circumstances.
Quantum est in rebus inane! How much folly there is in human affairs.
Never for a moment do we lay aside our mistrust of the ideals established by society, and of the convictions which are kept by it in circulation. We always know that society is full of folly and will deceive us in the matter of humanity. ... humanity meaning consideration for the existence and the happiness of individual human beings.
What you mean by 'peace' is nothing more than the endless repetition of human folly.
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.
It begins with skepticism. The history of human folly, and our own susceptibility to illusions and fallacies, tell us that men and women are fallible.
If the [Vestiges] be true, the labours of sober induction are in vain;
religion is a lie; human law is a mass of folly, and a base injustice; morality is moonshine; our labours for the black people of Africa were works of madmen; and man and woman are only better beasts!
Human nature, at its best, had always been based on a deep heroic restlessness, on wanting something-something else, something more, whether it be true love or a glimpse just beyond the horizon. It was the promise of happiness, not the attainment of it, that had driven the entire engine, the folly and glory of who we are.
I should attempt to treat human vice and folly geometrically.
.. the passions of hatred, anger, envy, and so on, considered in themselves, follow from the necessity and efficacy of nature... I shall, therefore, treat the nature and strength of the emotion in exactly the same manner, as though I were concerned with lines, planes, and solids.
I am the One, and I see all. But the blind man in Apartment 1-A is blind in many ways, as are all human beings, even those with functioning eyes. They are blind to their folly, to their ignorance, to their history, to the future that they will make for themselves. A future born of self-loathing.