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Quotes of the Day for 30 March 2004 – Folly

Folly, which is to say the action 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."

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The quotes:

There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man.
     - Aristotle, 384 - 322 BC

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
     - Bertrand Russell, 1872 - 1970

In every generation there has to be some fool who will speak the truth as he sees it.
     - Boris Pasternak, 1890 - 1960

As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.
     - François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, 1613 - 1680

All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people.
     - James A. Garfield, 1831 - 1881

One has fear in front of a goat, in back of a mule, and on every side of a fool.
     - Edgar Watson Howe, 1853 - 1937

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