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+ 537 First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity. George Bernard Shaw


+ 341 Fool's tongue runs before his wit


+ 331 Fools and madmen speak the truth


+ 358 Fools never know when they are well


+ 480 Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression. It meets a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts that is something on which to pride yourself but poverty itself is romanticized by fools. J. K. Rowling


+ 416 Nothing so obstinately stands in the way of all sorts of progress as pride of opinion. While nothing is so foolish and baseless. J. G. Holland


+ 446 No man made great by death offers more hope to lowly pride than does Abraham Lincoln; for while living he was himself so simple as often to be dubbed a fool. Thomas Vernor Smith


+ 337 A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer. Bruce Lee


+ 343 A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough. Bruce Lee


+ 342 Showing off is the fool's idea of glory. Bruce Lee


+ 319 The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool. Epicurus


+ 329 If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid. Epictetus


+ 332 It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them. Epictetus


+ 361 There is only a finger's difference between a wise man and a fool. Diogenes


+ 369 Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. Plato


+ 492 In this present life, I reckon that we make the nearest approach to knowledge when we have the least possible concern or interest in the body, and are not saturated with the bodily nature, but remain pure until the hour when God himself is pleased to release us. And then the foolishness of the body will be cleared away and we shall be pure and hold converse with othe pure souls, and know of ourselves the clear light everywhere; and this is surely the light of truth. For no impure thing is allowed to approach the pure. These are the sort of words, Simmias, which the true lovers of wisdom cannot help saying to one another, and thinking.


+ 372 It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied. And if the fool, or the pig, are of a different opinion, it is because they only know their own side of the question. The other party to the comparison knows both sides.


+ 370 The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it. George Washington


+ 487 Do they think that I am such a damned fool as to think myself fit for President of the United States? No, sir; I know what I am fit for. I can command a body of men in a rough way, but I am not fit to be President. Andrew Jackson


+ 573 "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread." At the hazard of being thought one of the fools of this quotation, I meet that argument I rush in I take that bull by the horns. I trust I understand and truly estimate the right of self-government. My faith in the proposition that each man should do precisely as he pleases with all which is exclusively his own lies at the foundation of the sense of justice there is in me. I extend the principle to communities of men as well as to individuals. I so extend it because it is politically wise, as well as naturally just: politically wise in saving us from broils about matters which do not concern us. Here, or at Washington, I would not trouble myself with the oyster laws of Virginia, or the cranberry laws of Indiana. The doctrine of self-government is right, absolutely and eternally right, but it has no just application as here attempted. Or perhaps I should rather say that whether it has such application depends upon whether a negro is not or is a man. If he is not a man, in that case he who is a man may as a matter of self-government do just what he pleases with him. But if the negro is a man, is it not to that extent a total destruction of self-government to say that he too shall not govern himself. When the white man governs himself, that is self-government; but when he governs himself and also governs another man, that is more than self-government that is despotism. If the negro is a man, why then my ancient faith teaches me that "all men are created equal," and that there can be no moral right in connection with one man's making a slave of another. Abraham Lincoln


+ 437 Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. Abraham Lincoln


+ 403 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


+ 414 The inauguration went off very well except that the Vice President Elect was too drunk to perform his duties and disgraced himself and the Senate by making a drunken foolish speech. I was never so mortified in my life, had I been able to find a hole I would have dropped through it out of sight.


+ 402 I am trying to do two things: dare to be a radical and not be a fool, which, if I may judge by the exhibitions around me, is a matter of no small difficulty. James A. Garfield


+ 301 You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette


+ 312 Only fools and horses work


+ 266 There's no fool like an old fool


+ 337 We don't have education, we have inspiration; if I was educated I would be a damn fool. Bob Marley


+ 404 First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity. George Bernard Shaw


+ 281 Stay hungry, stay foolish. Steve Jobs


+ 306 A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. William Shakespeare


+ 350 Better a witty fool than a foolish wit. William Shakespeare


+ 319 To take those fools in clerical garb seriously is to show them too much honor. Albert Enstein


+ 501 Eventually there was a split between my parents about me. My mother obviously knew what was going on with me and the girls my friends lined up. She never came out and said anything directly, but she let me know she was concerned. Things were different between me and my father. He assumed that when I was eighteen, I would just go into the Army and they would straighten me out. He accepted some of the things my mother condemned. He felt it was perfectly all right to make out with all the girls I could. In fact, he was proud I was dating the fast girls. He bragged about them to his friends. "Jesus Christ, you should see some of the women my son's coming up with." He was showing off, of course. But still, our whole relationship had changed because I'd established myself by winning a few trophies and now had some girls. He was particularly excited about the girls. And he liked the idea that I didn't get involved. "That's right, Arnold," he'd say, as though he'd had endless experience, "never be fooled by them." That continued to be an avenue of communication between us for a couple of years. In fact, the few nights I took girls home when I was on leave from the Army, my father was always very pleasant and would bring out a bottle of wine and a couple of glasses. Arnold Schwarzenegger


+ 318 Doing good to fools is like pouring water into the sea.


+ 302 There are two kinds of fools, some say: Its old, and therefore good and others say: It is new, and therefore better. William Inge


+ 297 It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere. Voltaire


+ 677 Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that youve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you cant wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid its like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didnt exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long days work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, theres no need for continuous conversation, but you find youre quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that theres a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure thats so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life. Bob Marley


+ 310 It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it. Maurice Switzer


+ 342 The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. William Shakespeare, As You Like It


+ 275 Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain and most fools do. Dale Carnegie


+ 302 Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving. Dale Carnegie Quote


+ 402 Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise. Samuel Johnson


+ 344 The fool speaks, the wise man listens. Ethiopian Proverb


+ 323 Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools. Napoleon Bonaparte


+ 307 To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent. Buddha


+ 274 It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish. Aeschylus


+ 325 As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish. Francois de La Rochefoucauld, Reflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales 1655


+ 358 Mix a little foolishness with your prudence: It's good to be silly at the right moment. Horace


+ 348 His son, Rabbi Ishmael would say: One who refrains from serving as a judge avoids hatred, thievery and false oaths. One who frivolously hands down rulings is a fool, wicked and arrogant. Pirkei Avot 4:7


+ 328 Knowledge begins with respect for the Lord, but fools hate wisdom and discipline. Mishlei 1:7


+ 310 You fools, how long will you be foolish? How long will you make fun of wisdom and hate knowledge? Mishlei 1:22


+ 317 Fools will die because they refuse to listen; they will be destroyed because they do not care. Mishlei 1:32


+ 302 Wise people will receive honor, but fools will be disgraced. Mishlei 3:35


+ 258 He will die because he does not control himself, and he will be held captive by his foolishness. Mishlei 5:23


+ 370 And saw some foolish, young men. I noticed one of them had no wisdom. Mishlei 7:7


+ 313 You who are uneducated, seek wisdom. You who are foolish, get understanding. Mishlei 8:5


+ 310 Proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes his father happy, but a foolish son is the grief of his mother. Mishlei 10:1


+ 304 A wink may get you into trouble, and foolish talk will lead to your ruin. Mishlei 10:10


+ 297 The wise do not tell everything they know, but the foolish talk too much and are ruined. Mishlei 10:14


+ 254 Whoever hides hate is a liar. Whoever tells lies is a fool. Mishlei 10:18


+ 300 Good peoples words will help many others, but fools will die because they dont have wisdom. Mishlei 10:21


+ 298 A foolish person enjoys doing wrong, but a person with understanding enjoys doing what is wise. Mishlei 10:23


+ 300 Whoever brings trouble to his family will be left with nothing but the wind. A fool will be a servant to the wise. Mishlei 11:29


+ 307 Fools think they are doing right, but the wise listen to advice. Mishlei 12:15


+ 275 Fools quickly show that they are upset, but the wise ignore insults. Mishlei 12:16


+ 334 Wise people keep what they know to themselves, but fools cant keep from showing how foolish they are. Mishlei 12:23


+ 319 Every wise person acts with good sense, but fools show how foolish they are. Mishlei 13:16


+ 263 It is so good when wishes come true, but fools hate to stop doing evil. Mishlei 13:19


+ 368 Spend time with the wise and you will become wise, but the friends of fools will suffer. Mishlei 13:20


+ 266 A wise woman strengthens her family, but a foolish woman destroys hers by what she does. Mishlei 14:1


+ 286 Fools will be punished for their proud words, but the words of the wise will protect them. Mishlei 14:3


+ 282 Stay away from fools, because they can not teach you anything. Proverbs 14:7


+ 293 A wise person will understand what to do, but a foolish person is dishonest. Mishlei 14:8


+ 301 Fools dont care if they sin, but honest people work at being right. Mishlei 14:9


+ 303 Fools will believe anything, but the wise think about what they do. Mishlei 14:15


+ 299 Wise people are careful and stay out of trouble, but fools are careless and quick to act. Mishlei 14:16


+ 283 Someone with a quick temper does foolish things, but someone with understanding remains calm. Mishlei 14:17


+ 332 Fools are rewarded with nothing but more foolishness, but the wise are rewarded with knowledge. Mishlei 14:18


+ 291 Wise people are rewarded with wealth, but fools only get more foolishness. Mishlei 14:24


+ 365 Patient people have great understanding, but people with quick tempers show their foolishness. Mishlei 14:29


+ 305 Wisdom lives in those with understanding, and even fools recognize it. Mishlei 14:33


+ 294 Wise people use knowledge when they speak, but fools pour out foolishness. Mishlei 15:2


+ 305 Fools reject their parents correction, but anyone who accepts correction is wise. Mishlei 15:5


+ 277 Wise people use their words to spread knowledge, but there is no knowledge in the thoughts of fools. Mishlei 15:7


+ 296 People with understanding want more knowledge, but fools just want more foolishness. Mishlei 15:14


+ 248 Wise children make their father happy, but foolish children disrespect their mother. Mishlei 15:20


+ 329 A person without wisdom enjoys being foolish, but someone with understanding does what is right. Mishlei 15:21


+ 321 Understanding is like a fountain which gives life to those who use it, but foolishness brings punishment to fools. Mishlei 16:22


+ 285 Fools should not be proud, and rulers should not be liars. Mishlei 17:7


+ 293 A wise person will learn more from a warning than a fool will learn from a hundred lashings. Mishlei 17:10


+ 302 It is better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than to meet a fool doing foolish things. Mishlei 17:12


+ 287 It wont do a fool any good to try to buy wisdom, because he doesnt have the ability to be wise. Mishlei 17:16


+ 288 It is sad to have a foolish child; there is no joy in being the parent of a fool. Mishlei 17:21


+ 325 The person with understanding is always looking for wisdom, but the mind of a fool wanders everywhere. Mishlei 17:24


+ 268 Foolish children make their father sad and cause their mother great sorrow. Mishlei 17:25


+ 283 Even fools seem to be wise if they keep quiet; if they dont speak, they appear to understand. Mishlei 17:28


+ 317 Fools do not want to understand anything. They only want to tell others what they think. Mishlei 18:2


+ 293 The words of fools start quarrels. They make people want to beat them. Mishlei 18:6


+ 286 The words of fools will ruin them; their own words will trap them. Mishlei 18:7


+ 278 Anyone who answers without listening is foolish and confused. Mishlei 18:13


+ 310 It is better to be poor and honest than to be foolish and tell lies. Mishlei 19:1


+ 307 Peoples own foolishness ruins their lives, but in their minds they blame the Lord. Mishlei 19:3


+ 264 A fool should not live in luxury. A slave should not rule over princes. Mishlei 19:10


+ 277 A foolish child brings disaster to a father, and a quarreling wife is like dripping water. Mishlei 19:13


+ 327 Whip those who make fun of wisdom, and perhaps foolish people will gain some wisdom. Correct those with understanding, and they will gain knowledge. Mishlei 19:25


+ 319 People who make fun of wisdom will be punished, and the backs of foolish people will be beaten. Mishlei 19:29


+ 305 Foolish people are always fighting, but avoiding quarrels will bring you honor. Mishlei 20:3


+ 294 If you punish those who make fun of wisdom, a foolish person may gain some wisdom. But if you teach the wise, they will get knowledge. Mishlei 21:11


+ 316 Wise peoples houses are full of the best foods and olive oil, but fools waste everything they have. Mishlei 21:20


+ 315 The wise see danger ahead and avoid it, but fools keep going and get into trouble. Mishlei 22:3


+ 314 Every child is full of foolishness, but punishment can get rid of it. Mishlei 22:15


+ 285 Do not speak to fools; they will only ignore your wise words. Mishlei 23:9


+ 299 Foolish people cannot understand wisdom. They have nothing to say in a discussion. Mishlei 24:7


+ 292 Making foolish plans is sinful, and making fun of wisdom is hateful. Mishlei 24:9


+ 325 It shouldnt snow in summer or rain at harvest. Neither should a foolish person ever be honored. Mishlei 26:1


+ 274 Whips are for horses, and harnesses are for donkeys, so paddles are good for fools. Mishlei 26:3


+ 303 Dont answer fools when they speak foolishly, or you will be just like them. Mishlei 26:4


+ 292 Answer fools when they speak foolishly, or they will think they are really wise. Mishlei 26:5


+ 319 Sending a message by a foolish person is like cutting off your feet or drinking poison. Mishlei 26:6


+ 309 A wise saying spoken by a fool is as useless as the legs of a crippled person. Mishlei 26:7


+ 300 Giving honor to a foolish person is like tying a stone in a slingshot. Mishlei 26:8


+ 282 A wise saying spoken by a fool is like a thorn stuck in the hand of a drunk. Mishlei 26:9


+ 276 Hiring a foolish person or anyone just passing by is like an archer shooting at just anything. Mishlei 26:10


+ 287 A fool who repeats his foolishness is like a dog that goes back to what it has thrown up. Mishlei 26:11


+ 292 There is more hope for a foolish person than for those who think they are wise. Mishlei 26:12


+ 291 Those who hate you may try to fool you with their words, but in their minds they are planning evil. Mishlei 26:24


+ 320 Stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but a complaining fool is worse than either. Mishlei 27:3


+ 323 The wise see danger ahead and avoid it, but fools keep going and get into trouble. Mishlei 27:12


+ 347 Even if you ground up a foolish person like grain in a bowl, you couldnt remove the foolishness. Mishlei 27:22


+ 271 Those who trust in themselves are foolish, but those who live wisely will be kept safe. Mishlei 28:26


+ 310 When a wise person takes a foolish person to court, the fool only shouts or laughs, and there is no peace. Mishlei 29:9


+ 285 Foolish people lose their tempers, but wise people control theirs. Mishlei 29:11


+ 307 Do you see people who speak too quickly? There is more hope for a foolish person than for them. Mishlei 29:20


+ 265 servant who becomes a king, a foolish person who has plenty to eat, Mishlei 30:22


+ 326 If you have been foolish and proud, or if you have planned evil, shut your mouth. Mishlei 30:32


+ 323 Charm can fool you, and beauty can trick you, but a woman who respects the Lord should be praised. Mishlei 31:30


+ 381 One of the questions asked by al-Balkhi, and often repeated to this day, is this: Why do the children of Israel continue to suffer? My grandmother Dodo thought it was because the goyim were jealous. The seder for Passover (which is a shame-faced simulacrum of a Hellenic question-and-answer session, even including the wine) tells the children that it's one of those things that happens to every Jewish generation. After the Shoah or Endl?sung or Holocaust, many rabbis tried to tell the survivors that the immolation had been a punishment for 'exile,' or for insufficient attention to the Covenant. This explanation was something of a flop with those whose parents or children had been the raw material for the 'proof,' so for a time the professional interpreters of god's will went decently quiet. This interval of ambivalence lasted until the war of 1967, when it was announced that the divine purpose could be discerned after all. How wrong, how foolish, to have announced its discovery prematurely! The exile and the Shoah could now both be understood, as part of a heavenly if somewhat roundabout scheme to recover the Western Wall in Jerusalem and other pieces of biblically mandated real estate.

I regard it as a matter of self-respect to spit in public on rationalizations of this kind. (They are almost as repellent, in their combination of arrogance, masochism, and affected false modesty, as Edith Stein's 'offer' of her life to expiate the regrettable unbelief in Jesus of her former fellow Jews.) The sage Jews are those who have put religion behind them and become in so many societies the leaven of the secular and the atheist. Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir


+ 426 One of the questions asked by al-Balkhi, and often repeated to this day, is this: Why do the children of Israel continue to suffer? My grandmother Dodo thought it was because the goyim were jealous. The seder for Passover (which is a shame-faced simulacrum of a Hellenic question-and-answer session, even including the wine) tells the children that it's one of those things that happens to every Jewish generation. After the Shoah or Endl?sung or Holocaust, many rabbis tried to tell the survivors that the immolation had been a punishment for 'exile,' or for insufficient attention to the Covenant. This explanation was something of a flop with those whose parents or children had been the raw material for the 'proof,' so for a time the professional interpreters of god's will went decently quiet. This interval of ambivalence lasted until the war of 1967, when it was announced that the divine purpose could be discerned after all. How wrong, how foolish, to have announced its discovery prematurely! The exile and the Shoah could now both be understood, as part of a heavenly if somewhat roundabout scheme to recover the Western Wall in Jerusalem and other pieces of biblically mandated real estate.

I regard it as a matter of self-respect to spit in public on rationalizations of this kind. (They are almost as repellent, in their combination of arrogance, masochism, and affected false modesty, as Edith Stein's 'offer' of her life to expiate the regrettable unbelief in Jesus of her former fellow Jews.) The sage Jews are those who have put religion behind them and become in so many societies the leaven of the secular and the atheist. Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir


+ 431 Wild eyes were another sign. It is something I have seldom seen the expression of an ecstatic state though much is foolishly written of them, as if they grew like Jerusalem artichokes along the road. The eyes are black, right enough, whatever their normal color is; they are black because their perception is condensed to a coal, because the touch and taste and perfume of the lover, the outcry of a dirty word, a welcome river, have been reduced in the heat of passion to a black ash, and this unburnt residue of oxidation, this calyx, replaces the pupil so it no longer receives but sends, and every hair is on end, though perhaps only outspread on a pillow, and the nostrils are flared, mouth agape, cheeks sucked so the whole face seems as squeezed as a juiced fruit; I know, for once Lou went into that wildness while we were absorbing one another, trying to kiss, not merely forcefully, not the skull of our skeleton, but the skull and all the bones on which the essential self is hung, kiss so the shape of the soul is stirred too, that's what is called the ultimate French, the furtherest fuck, when a cock makes a concept cry out and climax; I know, for more than once, though not often, I shuddered into that other region, when a mouth drew me through its generosity into the realm of unravel, and every sensation lay extended as a lake, every tie was loosed, and the glue of things dissolved. I knew I wore the wild look then. The greatest gift you can give another human being is to let them warm you till, in passing beyond pleasure, your defenses fall, your ego surrenders, its structure melts, its towers topple, lies, fancies, vanities, blow away in no wind, and you return, not to the clay you came from the unfired vessel but to the original moment of inspiration, when you were the unabbreviated breath of God. William H. Gass, The Tunnel


+ 315 The wise man has eyes in its beginning, but the fool goes in the darkness, and I too know that one event happens to them all. Kohelet 2:14


+ 355 And I said to myself, "As it happens to the fool, so will it happen to me too, so why then did I become wiser?" And I said to myself that this too is vanity. Kohelet 2:15


+ 340 For there is no remembrance of the wise man even as of the fool forever, seeing that in the coming days, all is forgotten. And how shall the wise die with the fool? Kohelet 2:16


+ 346 And who knows whether he will be wise or foolish. And he will rule over all my toil that I have toiled and that I have gained wisdom under the sun; this too is vanity. Kohelet 2:19


+ 294 The fool folds his hands and eats his own flesh. Kohelet 4:5


+ 347 Better a poor and wise child than an old and foolish king, who no longer knows to receive admonition. Kohelet 4:13


+ 342 Watch your feet when you go to the House of God, and be ready to obey rather than fools should give sacrifice, for they know not that they do evil. Kohelet 4:17


+ 276 For a dream comes with much concern, and the voice of the fool with many words. Kohelet 5:2


+ 288 When you pronounce a vow to God, do not delay to pay, for He has no pleasure in fools; that which you vow, pay. Kohelet 5:3


+ 305 For what is the advantage of the wise over the fool? What less has the poor man who knows how to go along with the living? Kohelet 6:8


+ 307 The heart of the wise is in a house of mourning, whereas the heart of the fools is in a house of joy. Kohelet 7:4


+ 280 It is better to hear the rebuke of a wise man than for a man to hear the song of the fools. Kohelet 7:5


+ 317 For as the sound of the thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of the fool, and this too is vanity. Kohelet 7:6


+ 370 For the taunt makes the wise foolish, and it destroys the understanding, which is a gift. Kohelet 7:7


+ 301 Be not hasty with your spirit to become wroth, for wrath lies in the bosom of fools. Kohelet 7:9


+ 289 Be not overly wicked, and be not a fool; why should you die before your time? Kohelet 7:17


+ 341 I turned about with my heart to know and to search out and to seek wisdom and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly and the foolishness and madness. Kohelet 7:25


+ 323 The words of the wise are heard when spoken softly, more than the shout of a ruler of fools. Kohelet 9:17


+ 289 The heart of the wise man is at his right, whereas the heart of the fool is at his left. Kohelet 10:2


+ 290 Also on the road, when a fool walks, his understanding is lacking, and he says to all that he is a fool. Kohelet 10:3


+ 284 The words of a wise man's mouth find favor, but a fool's lips will destroy him. Kohelet 10:12


+ 318 And the fool increases words; a man does not know what will be, and what will be behind him, who will tell him? Kohelet 10:14


+ 261 The toil of the fools wearies him, for he does not know to go to the city. Kohelet 10:15


+ 333 It's not about pop culture, and it's not about fooling people, and it's not about convincing people that they want something they don't. We figure out what we want. Steve Jobs Fortune, 2008


+ 338 They're all putting their dumb controls in the shape of a circle, to fool the consumer into thinking it's a wheel like ours. We've sort of set the vernacular. They're trying to copy the vernacular without understanding it. Steve Jobs On companies making iPod lookalikes. The New York Times


+ 369 An oft-used phrase used to unveil products towards the end of Apple presentations Remember The Whole Earth Catalog? The last edition had a photo on the back cover of a remote country road you might find yourself on while hitchhiking up to Oregon. It was a beautiful shot, and it had a caption that really grabbed me. It said: 'Stay hungry. Stay foolish.' It wasn't an ad for anything just one of Stewart Brand's profound statements. It's wisdom. 'Stay hungry. Stay foolish.' Steve Jobs Fortune, 1998


+ 322 Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 295 There is nothing more foolish, nothing more given to outrage than a useless mob. Herodotus


+ 263 A fool and his money are soon parted.


+ 287 The only thing more frustrating than slanderers is those foolish enough to listen to them. Criss Jami


+ 294 In a world of fools, I was, I think, to him one of the greater fools. Karen Blixen, Out of Africa


+ 276 The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool. Richard P. Feynman


+ 234 And you did not allow me to kiss my sons and daughters. Now, you have acted foolishly. Bereshit 31:28


+ 161 Aaron said to Moses, Please, master, do not put sin upon us for acting foolishly and for sinning. Bamidbar 12:11


+ 147 They have provoked My jealousy with a non god, provoked My anger with their vanities. Thus, I will provoke their jealousy with a non people, provoke their anger with a foolish nation. Devarim 32:21


+ 169 We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what's happening. We have to talk to them, maybe in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some way. Somebody will say, 'Oh, freedom of speech, freedom of speech.' These are foolish people. We have a lot of foolish people. Donald Trump


+ 143 Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. Plato


+ 226 Man is wise only while in search of wisdom; when he imagines he has attained it, he is a fool. Solomon Ibn Gabirol Ben Judah


+ 522 Just for fun I recently asked Erin, Now that the kids are in summer school, dont you think its about time you went out andgot yourself a job? I hate seeing you wallow in unemployment for so long. She smiled and said, Wow. I have been unemployed a really long time. Thats weird I like it!

Neither of us have had jobs since the 90s (my only job was in 1992), so weve been self-employed for quite a while. In our household its a running joke for one of us to say to the other, Maybe you should get a job, derelict! Its like the scene in The Three Stooges where Moe tells Curly to get a job, and Curly backs away, saying, No, please not that! Anything but that! Its funny that when people reach a certain age, such as after graduating college, they assumeits time to go out and get a job. But like many things the masses do, just because everyone does it doesnt mean its a good idea. In fact, if youre reasonably intelligent, getting a job is one of the worst things you can do to support yourself. There are far better ways to make a living than selling yourself into indentured servitude.

Here are some reasons you should do everything in your power to avoid getting a job:

1. Income for dummies.

Getting a job and trading your time for money may seem like a good idea. Theres only one problem with it. Its stupid! Its the stupidest way you can possibly generate income!This istruly income for dummies.

Why is getting a job so dumb? Because you only get paid when youre working. Dont you see a problem with that, or have you been so thoroughly brainwashed into thinking its reasonable and intelligent to only earn income when youre working?Have you never considered that it might be better tobe paid even when youre not working? Who taught you that you could only earn income while working? Some other brainwashed employee perhaps?

Dont you think your life would be much easier if you got paid while you were eating, sleeping, and playing with the kids too? Why not get paid 24/7? Get paid whether you work or not. Dont your plants grow even when you arent tending to them? Why not your bank account? Who cares how many hours you work? Only a handful of people on this entire planet care how much time you spend at the office. Most of us wont even notice whether you work 6 hours a week or 60. But if you have something of value to provide that matters to us,a number of us willbe happy to pull out our wallets andpay you for it. We dont care about your time we only care enough to pay for the value we receive. Do you really care how long it took me to write this article? Would you pay me twice as much if it took me6 hoursvs. only 3?

Non-dummies often start out on the traditional income for dummies path. So dont feel bad if youre just now realizing youve been suckered.Non-dummies eventually realize that trading time for money is indeed extremely dumb andthat there must be a better way. And of course there is a better way. The key is to de-coupleyour valuefrom your time. Smart peoplebuild systems that generate income 24/7, especially passive income. This can include startinga business, building a web site, becoming an investor, or generating royalty income from creative work. The system delivers the ongoing value to people and generates income from it, and once its in motion, it runs continuously whether you tend to it or not. From that moment on, the bulk of your time can be invested in increasing your income (by refining your system or spawning new ones) instead of merely maintaining your income.

This web site is an example of such a system. At the time of this writing, it generates about $9000 a month in income for me (update: $40,000 a month as of 10/31/06), and it isnt my only income stream either. I write each article just once (fixed time investment), and people can extract value from them year after year. The web server delivers the value, and other systems (most of which I didnt even build and dont even understand) collect income and deposit it automatically into my bank account. Its not perfectly passive, butI love writing and would do it for free anyway. But of course it cost me a lot of money to launch this business, right? Um, yeah, $9 is an awful lot these days (to register the domain name). Everything after that was profit. Sure it takes some upfront time and effortto design and implement your own income-generating systems. But you dont have to reinvent the wheel feel free to use existing systems like ad networks and affiliate programs. Once you get going, you wonthave to work so many hours to support yourself. Wouldnt it be nice to be out having dinner with your spouse, knowing that while youre eating, youre earning money? If you want to keep working long hours because you enjoy it, go right ahead. If you want to sit around doing nothing, feel free. As long as your system continues delivering value to others, youll keep getting paid whether youre working or not.

Yourlocal bookstoreis filled with books containingworkable systems others have already designed, tested, and debugged. Nobody is born knowing how to start a business or generate investment income, but you can easily learn it. How long it takes you tofigure it outis irrelevant because the time is going to pass anyway. You might as well emerge at some future point as the owner of income-generating systems as opposed to a lifelong wage slave.Thisisnt all or nothing. If your system only generates a few hundred dollars a month, thats a significant step in the right direction.

2. Limited experience.

You might think its important to get a job to gain experience. But thats like saying you should play golf to get experience playing golf. You gain experience from living, regardless of whether you have a job or not. A job onlygives you experience at that job, but yougainexperience doing just about anything, so thats no real benefit at all. Sit around doing nothing fora coupleyears, and you can call yourselfan experienced meditator, philosopher, or politician.

The problem with getting experience from a job is that you usually justrepeat the same limited experience over and over. You learn a lot in the beginning and thenstagnate. This forces you to miss other experiences that would be much more valuable. And if your limited skill set ever becomes obsolete, then yourexperience wont be worth squat. In fact, ask yourself what the experience youre gaining right now will be worth in 20-30 years. Will your job even exist then?

Consider this. Which experience would you rather gain? The knowledge of how to do aspecific job really well one that you can only monetize by trading your time for money or the knowledge of how to enjoy financial abundance for the rest of your life without ever needing a job again? Now I dont know about you, but Id rather have the latter experience. That seems a lot more useful in the real world, wouldnt you say?

3. Lifelong domestication.

Getting a jobis like enrolling in a human domestication program.You learn how to bea good pet.

Look around you. Really look. What do you see? Are these the surroundings of a free human being? Or are you living in a cage for unconscious animals?Have you fallen inlove withthe color beige? Hows your obedience training coming along? Does your master reward your goodbehavior? Do you get disciplined if you fail to obey your masters commands?

Is there any spark of free will left inside you? Or has your conditioning made you a pet for life? Humans are not meant to be raised in cages. You poor thing

4.Too many mouths to feed.

Employee income is the most heavily taxed there is. In the USA you can expect that about half your salary will go to taxes. The tax system is designed to disguise how much youre really givingup because some of those taxes are paid by your employer, and some are deducted from your paycheck. But you can bet that from your employers perspective, all of those taxes are considered part of your pay, as well as any other compensation you receive such as benefits. Even the rent for the office space you consume is considered, so you must generate that much more value to cover it.You mightfeel supported by your corporate environment, but keep in mind that youre the onepaying for it. Another chunk of your income goes toowners and investors. Thatsa lot ofmouths to feed. It isnt hard to understand why employees pay the most in taxes relative to their income. After all, whohas more control over the tax system? Business owners and investors or employees? You only get paid a fraction of the real value you generate. Your real salary may be more thantriple what youre paid, but most of that money youll never see. It goes straight into other peoples pockets. What a generous person you are!

5.Way too risky.

Many employees believe getting a job is the safest and most secure way to support themselves. Morons.

Social conditioning is amazing. Itsso good it can evenmake people believe the exact opposite of the truth. Does putting yourself in a position where someone else can turn off all your income just by saying two words (Youre fired) sound like a safe and secure situation to you? Does having only one income stream honestly sound more secure than having 10?

The idea that a job is the most secure way to generate income is just silly. You cant have security if you dont have control, and employees have the least control of anyone. If youre an employee, then your real job title should be professional gambler.

6.Having an evilbovine master.

When you run into an idiot in the entrepreneurial world, you can turn around andhead the other way. When you run into an idiot in the corporate world,youhave to turn around andsay, Sorry, boss.

Did you know that the word boss comes from the Dutch word baas, which historically means master? Another meaning of the wordbossis acow or bovine. And in many video games, the boss is the evil dude that you have to kill at the end of a level.

So if your boss is really your evil bovine master, then what does that make you?Nothing but aturdin the herd. Whos your daddy?

7. Begging for money.

Whenyou want toincrease your income, do you have to sit up and beg your master for more money? Does it feelgood to bethrown some extraScooby Snacks now and then?

Or are you free to decide how much you get paid without needing anyones permission but your own?

If you have a business and one customer says no to you, you simply say next.

8.An inbred social life.

Many people treat their jobs as their primary social outlet. They hang out with the same people working in the same field. Such incestuous relations are social dead ends. An exciting day includes deep conversations aboutthe companysswitch from Sparkletts to Arrowhead, the delay of Microsofts latest operating system, and the unexpected delivery of more Bic pens. Consider what it would be like to go outside and talk to strangers. Ooooh scary! Better stay inside where its safe.

If one of your co-slavesgets sold to another master, do you lose a friend? If you work in a male-dominated field, does that mean you never get to talk to women above the rank of receptionist? Why not decide for yourself whom to socialize with instead of letting your masterdecide for you? Believe it or not, there are locations on this planet where free people congregate. Just be wary of those jobless folk theyre a crazy bunch!

9.Loss offreedom.

It takes a lot of effort to tame a human being into an employee. The first thing you have to do is break the humans independent will. A good way to do this is to give them a weightypolicy manualfilled with nonsensical rules and regulations.This leads thenew employee to becomemore obedient, fearingthat s/hecould be disciplined at any minute for something incomprehensible. Thus, theemployee will likely conclude its safest to simply obey themasters commands without question. Stir in some office politics for good measure, andweve got a freshly mintedmind slave. As part of their obedience training, employees must be taught howto dress, talk, move, and so on. We cant very well have employees thinking for themselves, now can we? That would ruin everything. Godforbid you should put a plant on your desk when its against the company policy. Oh no, its the end of the world! Cindy has a plant on her desk! Summon the enforcers! Send Cindy back for another round ofsterility training!

Free human beings think such rules and regulations are silly of course. The only policy they need is: Be smart. Be nice. Do what you love. Have fun.

10.Becoming a coward.

Have you noticed that employed people have an almost endless capacity towhine about problems at their companies? But they dont really want solutions they just want toventand make excuses why its all someone elses fault. Its as if getting a job somehow drains all the free will out of people and turns theminto spineless cowards. If you cant call your boss a jerk now and then without fear of getting fired,youre no longer free. Youve become your masters property.

When you work around cowardsall day long, dont you think its going to rub off on you? Of course it will. Its only a matter of time before yousacrifice thenoblest parts of your humanityon the altar of fear: first courage then honesty then honor andintegrity and finallyyour independentwill. You sold your humanity for nothingbutan illusion. And now your greatest fear is discovering the truth of what youve become.

I dont care how badly youve been beaten down. It isnever too lateto regain your courage. Never!

Still want a job?

If youre currentlya well-conditioned, well-behavedemployee,your most likely reaction to the above will be defensiveness. Its all part of the conditioning. But consider that if the above didnt have a grain of truth to it, you wouldnt have anemotionalreaction at all. This is only a reminderof what you already know.You can denyyour cage all you want, but the cage is still there. Perhapsthis allhappened so gradually thatyou never noticed it until now like a lobsterenjoying a nicewarm bath. If any of this makes you mad, thats a step in the right direction. Anger is a higher level of consciousness than apathy, so its a lot better than being numb all the time. Any emotion even confusion is better than apathy. If you work through your feelings instead of repressing them, youll soon emerge on the doorstepofcourage. And when that happens, youll have the will to actually do something about your situation and start living likethe powerfulhuman being you were meant to be instead of the domesticated petyouve beentrained to be.

Happily jobless

Whats the alternative to getting a job? The alternative is to remain happily jobless for lifeand to generate income throughother means. Realize that you earn income by providing value not time so find a way to provide your best value to others, and charge a fair pricefor it.One ofthe simplest and most accessiblewaysis to start your own business. Whatever work youd otherwise dovia employment, find a way to provide that same value directly to those who will benefit most from it. It takes a bit more time to get going, but your freedom is easily worth the initial investment of time and energy. Then you can buy your own Scooby Snacks for a change. And of course everything you learn along the way, you can share with others to generate even more value. So even your mistakes can be monetized.

One of the greatest fears youll confront is that you may not have any realvalue to offer others. Maybe being an employee and getting paid by the hour is the best you can do. Maybe you just arent worth that much. That line of thinking is all justpart of your conditioning. Its absolute nonsense. As you begin to dump such brainwashing, youll soon recognize that you have the ability to provide enormous value to others and that people will gladly pay you for it. Theres only one thing that prevents you from seeing this truth fear.

All you really need is the courage to be yourself. Your real value is rooted inwho you are, not what you do. The only thing you need actually do is expressyour real selfto the world. Youve been told all sort of lies as to why you cant do that. But youll never know true happiness and fulfillment until you summon the courage to do it anyway.

The next time someone says to you, Get a job, I suggest you reply as Curly did:No, please not that! Anything but that! Then poke him right in the eyes.

You alreadyknow deep down that getting a job isnt what you want. So dont let anyone try to tell you otherwise. Learn to trust your inner wisdom, even if the whole world says youre wrong and foolish for doing so. Years from now youll look back and realizeit was one of the best decisions you ever made.

Final thoughts

While I wouldnt recommend starting an online business for everyone, for many people its one of the best ways to generate income without a job. It has certainly worked disgustingly well for me. If youre interested in learning more about this option, please check outBuild Your Own Successful Online Business for details.

About the author:

Steve Pavlina calls himself the most intensely growth-oriented individual you will ever meet. While sitting in a jail cell at age 19, Steve decided to dedicate his life to the pursuit of personal growth. Passionate about sharing what he learned with anyone who desires self-improvement, he has written more than 700 articles and has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, and Self Magazine. As a result of giving away all his best ideas for free, Steves Website quickly became the most popular personal development site in the world, receiving more than 2 million visitors per month.


+ 144 Superstition is foolish, childish, primitive, and irrational-but how much does it cost you to knock on wood? Judith Viorst


+ 155 Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor. Sholom Aleichem


+ 203 The Worth of Torah

The Torah is given to Israel as the brightest, broadest, holiest gateway of lightmore than the other gateways, which shine with a natural understanding and the spirit of humanitys natural morality. The gateway of Torah will be opened for us; and, through us, for the entire world.

If we close our ears to the wide-spread voice of God, which calls with vigor through all the natural gateways of light, which is the inheritance of all humanity, because we think that we will find the light of Torah only in a Torah that is torn from any light of the life that is dispersed in the world, in that lights inner being and in the soul of man in its glory, we do not understand the worth of Torah.

In regard to this, the verse states, A nation that is foolish and not wise. And Onkelos translates: A nation that received the Torah, yet did not grow wise.

Orot Hatorah 12:5


+ 175 Wise man see good sense
Fools don't respect innocence
Heaven's joy in your hands
Any anger is not for holy lands


+ 91 Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that youve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you cant wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid its like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didnt exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long days work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, theres no need for continuous conversation, but you find youre quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that theres a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure thats so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life. Bob Marley


+ 80 Fools herding fools


+ 31 When I have a difficult subject before me - when I find the road narrow, and can see no other way of teaching a well established truth except by pleasing one intelligent man and displeasing ten thousand fools - I prefer to address myself to the one man, and to take no notice whatever of the condemnation of the multitude; I prefer to extricate that intelligent man from his embarrassment and show him the cause of his perplexity, so that he may attain perfection and be at peace. Maimonides


+ 35 Astrology is a disease, not a science... It is a tree under the shadow of which all sorts of superstitions thrive. ... Only fools and charlatans lend value to it. Maimonides