Wednesday, April 01, 2009

April Fool's Day Thoughts

There being no shortage of fools running around unsupervised, I thought today might offer a good opportunity to look at what people smarter than I have said about foolishness and related topics. You may have seen some of these before if you are also one of my Facebook friends...

"During the Samuel Johnson days they had big men enjoying small talk, today we have small men enjoying big talk." (Fred Allen, 1894-1956)

"Cabbage, n.: A familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man's head." (Ambrose Bierce, 1842-1914)

"For the skeptic there remains only one consolation: if there should be such a thing as superhuman law it is administered with subhuman inefficiency." (Eric Ambler, 1909-1998)

"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." (Bertrand Russell, 1872-1970)

"Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped." (Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915)

"A man properly must pay the fiddler. In my case it so happened that a whole symphony orchestra had to be subsidized." (John Barrymore, 1882-1942)

"I am convinced that the best service a retired general can perform is to turn in his tongue along with his suit and to mothball his opinions." (General Omar Bradley, 1893-1981)

"No one can earn a million dollars honestly." (William Jennings Bryan, 1860-1925)

"What luck for rulers that men do not think." (Adolf Hitler, 1880-1945)

"The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously." (Hubert Humphrey, 1911-1978)

Isn't it grand that so many people have said so many quotable things over the years...especially when you're hard up for a topic for your blog?

Have a good day. Watch out for the April Fools. And the May ones. And keep an eye out during the other months, too.

More thoughts tomorrow.

Bilbo (1951 - )


The Mistress of the Dark said...

Happy Politician's Day!

Amanda said...

Hitler said that?? No wonder he got as far as he did....

fiona said...

Today it's all about ME!
There I said it

wv- criesses - what you do in a crisis

Mike said...

Elbert was right.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

There are a lot of Fools around!

GreenCanary said...

Damn, now I can't stop saying, "Cocksure."