All archives
Previous Issue (29 March 2001) | Current month | Next Issue (31 March 2001)

Quotes of the Day for 30 March 2001 – Folly

Folly, the acts of fools, is not always what it seems. I'm reminded of this by the date - it was on this day in 1867 that US Secretary of State William H. Seward bought Alaska for $7,200,000 - a rash action derided by his contemporaries as "Seward's Folly."

Van's signature

The quotes:

Beauty and folly are generally companions.
     - Baltasar Gracian

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

He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks.
     - Francois De La Rochefoucauld

True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.
     - Akhenaton, Egyptian pharaoh c 1350 BC

Mingle some brief folly with your wisdom.
     - Horace, 65 - 8 BC

Do you see an error on this page? A typo, a character that is messed up, a misattribution? Please let us know!