April Fools’ Day Quotes

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A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Douglas Adams

A fellow who is always declaring he’s no fool, usually has his suspicions.
Unknown Author

A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

A fool may be known by six things: anger, without cause; speech, without profit; change, without progress; inquiry, without object; putting trust in a stranger, and mistaking foes for friends.
Arabian Proverb

A fool may have his coat embroidered with gold, but it is a fool’s coat still.
Antoine de Rivarol

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
William Blake

A man always blames the woman who fools him. In the same way he blames the door he walks into in the dark.
Henry Louis Mencken

A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes.
Robert Frost

A sense of humor is the ability to understand a joke-and that the joke is oneself.
Clifton Paul Fadiman

A spoon does not know the taste of soup, nor a learned fool the taste of wisdom.
Welsh Proverb

A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
Baltasar Gracian

April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.
Mark Twain

April fool, n. The March fool with another month added to his folly.
Ambrose Bierce

April Fools gone past, and you’re the biggest fool at last.
Unknown Author

April noddy’s past and gone, You’re the fool an’ I’m none.
Unknown Author

Controversy equalizes fools and wise men… and the fools know it.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Don’t approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side.
Jewish Proverb

Don’t give cherries to pigs or advice to fools.
Irish Proverb

Even the gods love jokes.
Plato

Every fool finds a greater one to admire them.
Nicolas Boileau

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
Chinese Proverb

Foolproof systems to not take into account the ingenuity of fools.
Gene Brown

Fools build houses, and wise men buy them.
English Proverb

For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
Alexander Pope

Fortune, seeing that she could not make fools wise, has made them lucky.
Michel de Montaigne

He who is born a fool is never cured.
Proverb

I have great faith in fools: self-confidence, my friends call it.
Edgar Allan Poe

I hope life isn’t a big joke, because I don’t get it.
Jack Handey

If every fool wore a crown, we should all be kings.
Welsh Proverb

If it thunders on All Fool’s Day, Expect good crops of corn and hay.
Unknown Author

Isn’t it appropriate that the month of the tax begins with April Fool’s Day and ends with cries of May Day!
Unknown Author

It is better to weep with wise men than to laugh with fools.
Spanish Proverb

It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly.
Anatole France

It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.
Max Eastman

Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.
Mark Twain

Lord, what fools these mortals be.
William Shakespeare

Men reach their sexual peak at eighteen. Women reach theirs at thirty-five. Do you get the feeling that God is playing a practical joke?
Rita Rudner

Mix a little foolishness with your prudence: It’s good to be silly at the right moment.
Horace

None but a fool is always right.
Augustus William Hare

Only a fool knows everything. A wise man knows how little he knows.
Unknown Author

Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes from our foolishness.
Sacha Guitry

Real friends are those who, when you feel you’ve made a fool of yourself, don’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.
Unknown Author

Silence is the wit of fools.
Jean la Bruyere

So, rather than appear foolish afterward, I renounce seeming clever now.
William of Baskerville

Suppose the world were only one of God’s jokes, would you work any the less to make it a good joke instead of a bad one?
George Bernard Shaw

Take all the fools out of this world and there wouldn’t be any fun living in it, or profit.
Josh Billings

Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.
Euripides

The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded.
George Orwell

The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.
Mark Twain

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool.
William Shakespeare

The fool is always beginning to live.
Proverb

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
Winston Churchill

The haste of a fool is the slowest thing in the world.
Thomas Shadwell

The mistakes of the fool are known to the world, but not to himself. The mistakes of the wise man are known to himself, but not to the world.
Charles Caleb Colton

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

The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.
Will Rogers

The world is full of fools; and he who would not wish to see one, must not only shut himself up alone, but must also break his looking-glass.
Nicolas Boileau

There is no greater fool than he that says, ‘There is no God,’ unless it be the one who says he does not know whether there is one or not.
Otto von Bismarck

Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.
Quintilian

Very often, say what you will, a knave is only a fool.
Voltaire

We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.
Japanese Proverb

What a fool does in the end, the wise do in the beginning.
Spanish Proverb

When in doubt, make a fool of yourself.
Cynthia Heimel

Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark, or the man afraid of the light?
Maurice Freehill

Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it.
Benjamin Franklin

Wise men learn by other men’s mistakes, fools by their own.
H. G. Bohn

Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.
Cato the Elder

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something.
Plato

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
Abraham Lincoln

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.
Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

Young men think old men fools, and old men know young men to be so.
Metcalf