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."
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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