Thursday, April 2, 2009

In Celebration of Fools

You’ve probably heard the expression, “Every Fool has his own day.” And that Day was yesterday, April 1st. So, in honor of April Fool’s Day this blog celebrates fools.
The Free Dictionary defines a fool as “One who is deficient in judgment, sense or understanding. Or someone who acts unwisely or someone who has been tricked or made to appear ridiculous.”
Being made to seem the fool is a big fear for many people, but sometimes being a fool is something to aspire to, a good thing, at least every once in a while. Maybe that’s why we have April’s Fool’s Day.

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1. The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.-- Mark Twain
2. Every man is a fool in some man’s opinion. -- Anonymous Spanish Proverb
3. However big the fool, there is always a bigger fool to admire him. -- Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux
4. A fool must now and then be right by chance. – William Cowper
5. There are a good many fools who call me a friend, and also a good many friends who call me a fool. --G. K. Chesterton
6. Looking foolish does the spirit good. -- John Updike
7. It's better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and leave no doubt. -- Mark Twain again
8. He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks. -- François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld
9. He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever. -- Anonymous Chinese Proverb
10. A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. -- William Shakespeare
11. Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists of not exceeding that limit. -- Elbert Hubbard
12. Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom. -- Elizabeth Gaskell
13. Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed. -- Mark Twain, a third time.

How did you celebrate April Fool’s Day? What do you think about being foolish? Or being a fool? Is it good or bad? Voice your opinion. Please leave a comment.



  1. Mark Twain was a wise guy, literally and figuratively. :)

  2. What a fun list. These are so true!

  3. Mark Twain must have been an interesting guy to hang around with.

  4. Carmen and feefifoto,
    Yeah, I like Mark Twain too.

  5. Barbara and anthonynorth,
    Thanks, I think the quotes are so true too.

  6. Jenn and Angeleque,
    Yeah, I always think asking a question is a good thing. Thanks for commenting.

  7. Wow - some great quotes! Very fun!

  8. Although I don't do anything special for April Fool's Day, I do keep my guard up so I don't fall victim to practical jokers.

    #7 on your list is one of my favorites. I had never heard 9 before... I think it's just as good as #7.

  9. Malcolm,
    The times I've employed number 7, I've saved myself much grief.

  10. ahahahahaha!! I never celebrate April fools - Maybe because I am one?? ;)

    Great list - of course

  11. I'm with Updike. Sometimes it's good to be foolish.

  12. Awesome list -- there's a lot of wisdom in there.

  13. They were all good, #7 is my life's motto, especially at work.

  14. Huzzah for Twain!

    Mostly I spend April 1 hiding in my house. It turns out that I should have done that yesterday.

  15. Great quotes, I especialy like the Matk Twain ones. Happy TT!

  16. Mark Twain said some very cool things. A wise man. :)

  17. On a limb with Claudia.
    Ha! Me too. Grin.

  18. Alice,
    I think it's good to be foolish sometimes too.

  19. Susan,
    Thanks for stopping by. I think the quotes are wise too.

  20. Becky68,
    I give you a lot of credit. I wish I was better at number 7.

  21. Celticlibrarian and Rikki,
    Mark Twain is/was a clever and wise man. Thanks for commenting.

  22. for some reason, the only one I like to mess with is my Mom. She's a little too easy.
    Great list, I loved #7, happy Thursday

  23. Sometimes fool and folly has an appeal. Fools fall in love and they sit on the hill.

  24. Mielikki,
    Thanks for visiting. Happy Thursday to you too.

  25. Daily Panic,
    Yeah, I like these foolish quotes too.

  26. Colleen,
    Yeah, I'd forgotten about the fools fall in love thing.

  27. LOL! I like #11! I think I'm still exceeding that limit most days though! =P

  28. Not a big fan of April Fools Day (by the time I remember it's that day somebody's inevitably fooled me; still I guess it helps them get the japery out of their system for the rest of the year), but I liked the quote, Mark Twain's first one especially. The third one reminded me of Obi-Wan Kenobi's line in Star Wars (which I'm bound to misquote), "Who is the most foolish, the fool or the one who follows the fool?"

  29. Eerie Tapestry,
    I hadn't thought of Star Wars, but you're right. Thanks.