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  • When we are born, we cry that we have come to this stage of fools
    (William Shakespeare, "King Lear")

  • Well, God give them wisdom that have it; and those that are fools, let them use their talents.
    (William Shakespeare, "Twelfth Night")

  • The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
    (William Shakespeare, "As You Like It")

  • Why am I a fool?
    (William Shakespeare, "As You Like It")

  • Sir Valentine, I care not for her, I;
    I hold him but a fool that will endanger
    His body for a girl that loves him not.
    (William Shakespeare, "As You Like It")


  • Love is your master, for he masters you;
    And he that is so yoked by a fool,
    Methinks, should not be chronicled for wise.
    (William Shakespeare, "As You Like It")

  • LEAR Dost thou call me a fool, boy FOOL All thy other titles thou hast given away that thou wast born with.
    (William Shakespeare)

  • It ascends me into the brain; dries me there all
    the foolish and dull and crudy vapours which environ it; makes it
    apprehensive, quick, forgetive, full of nimble, fiery, and
    delectable shapes; which delivered o'er to the voice, the tongue,
    which is the birth, becomes excellent wit.
    (William Shakespeare, "As You Like It")

  • I' faith, sir, you shall never need to fear;
    Iwis it is not halfway to her heart;
    But if it were, doubt not her care should be
    To comb your noddle with a three-legg'd stool,
    And paint your face, and use you like a fool.
    (William Shakespeare, "As You Like It")

  • I love him for his sake;
    And yet I know him a notorious liar,
    Think him a great way fool, solely a coward;
    Yet these fix'd evils sit so fit in him
    That they take place when virtue's steely bones
    Looks bleak i' th' cold wind; withal, full oft we see
    Cold wisdom waiting on superfluous folly.
    (William Shakespeare, "As You Like It")

  • The more pity that fools may not speak wisely what wise men do foolishly.
    (William Shakespeare)

  • But if you would consider the true cause
    Why all these fires, why all these gliding ghosts,
    Why birds and beasts from quality and kind,
    Why old men, fools, and children calculate,
    Why all these things change from their ordinance,
    Their natures, and preformed faculties
    To monstrous quality, why, you shall find
    That heaven hath infused them with these spirits
    To make them instruments of fear and warning
    Unto some monstrous state.
    (William Shakespeare, "As You Like It")

  • I am old and foolish.
    (William Shakespeare, "As You Like It")

  • JAQUES A fool, a fool I met a fool i' the forest, A motley fool a miserable world As I do live by food, I met a fool Who laid him down and bask'd him in the sun, And rail'd on Lady Fortune in good terms, In good set terms and yet a motley fool. 'Good.
    (William Shakespeare)

  • This is the excellent foppery of the world that when we are sick in fortune -- often the surfeits of our own behavior -- we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and stars, as if we were villains on necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion, knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical predominance, drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence. An admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition on the charge of a star.
    (William Shakespeare)


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