“I have lived a great deal among grown-ups. I have seen them intimately, close at hand. And that hasn’t much improved my opinion of them.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“To avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actually fools.” ~Alice Walker

“Youth ends when egotism does; maturity begins when one lives for others.” ~Hermann Hesse

“Maturity is when your world opens up and you realize that you are not the center of it.” ~M.J. Croan

“Before God we are all equally wise–and equally foolish.” ~Albert Einstein

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Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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27 Responses to Fools

  1. CJ Hartwell says:

    Good quotes all, but I especially love the Croan.
    Still grappling with it, from time to time. 😉

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  2. AliciaS says:

    As a young adult, maturity is something I aspire to, but I increasingly find very few examples of it. I like your contrast between foolishness and maturity; it makes some sense out of life.

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  3. Insightful thoughts indeed.
    Especially Walker’s quote really made me think!

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  4. woodtic says:

    We are too soon olt, and too late shmart. (Does that sound Dutch? it’s supposed to be)

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  5. The OT makes much of Wisdom. It was actually a prime value in those times. A “fool” seemed to be one who ignored those teachings, or even actively rebelled against them. Modern society would do well to make Wisdom a much higher priority than merely accumulating knowledge. Knowledge without Wisdom is impotent, or worse: dangerous.

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  6. M.B. Henry says:

    Boy Einstein was witty with more than just physics, wasn’t he? 🙂 Nice share Mitch!

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  7. trE says:

    The quotes by Alice Walker and M.J. Croan, I will remember forever. Thank you for sharing, Mitch!

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  8. Great quotes, Mitch! 🙂

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  9. jrusoloward says:

    I guess, according to Croan, I have my mother to thank for my maturity. She was fond of telling me – from a young age – that the world doesn’t revolve around me. Lol!

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  10. E says:

    So helpful. I love Alice Walker but especially loved this “Youth ends when egotism does; maturity begins when one lives for others.” ~Hermann Hesse

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  11. It is interesting that all the contributors were once, what they explain. Each revealed pieces of the puzzle that define the exact same thing. Really good stuff Mitch.

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  12. greenpete58 says:

    “It’s better to be quiet and be considered a fool, than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt” (Abraham Lincoln, talking about Facebook)

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  13. Great quotes and all so true.

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  15. sandsoftime10 says:

    I will just add one. Just thought of it…
    ” Fools are those who laugh at others, the genius laughs at himself.”

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