Dupes and Fools

Sunday, June 10, 2012 – Dupes and Fools

A hypocrite despises those whom he deceives, but has no respect for himself. He would make a dupe of himself too, if he could. ~ William Hazlitt

The credulity of dupes is as inexhaustible as the invention of knaves. ~ Edmund Burke

Men would not live long in society were they not the dupes of each other. ~ François de la Rochefoucauld

As to the deceit perpetrated upon women, let it pass, for, when love is in the way, men and women as a general rule dupe each other. ~ Giacomo Casanova

PATRIOT, n. One to whom the interests of a part seem superior to those of the whole. The dupe of statesmen and the tool of conquerors. ~ Ambrose Bierce

Men are so simple and yield so readily to the desires of the moment that he who will trick will always find another who will suffer to be tricked. ~ Niccolo Machiavelli

One thing kids like is to be tricked. For instance, I was going to take my little nephew to Disneyland, but instead I drove him to an old burned-out warehouse. “Oh, no,” I said. “Disneyland burned down.” He cried and cried, but I think that deep down, he thought it was a pretty good joke. I started to drive over to the real Disneyland, but it was getting pretty late. ~ Jack Handy

All children have to be deceived if they are to grow up without trauma.~ Kazuo Ishiguro

I shouldn’t be saying this – high treason, really – but I sometimes wonder if Americans aren’t fooled by our accent into detecting brilliance that may not really be there. ~ Stephen Fry

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled. ~ Richard P. Feynman

The fear of being deceived is the vulgar version of the quest for Truth. ~ Emile M. Cioran

Some women can be fooled all of the time, and all women can be fooled some of the time, but the same woman can’t be fooled by the same man in the same way more than half of the time. ~ Helen Rowland

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it. ~ Henry David Thoreau

The wise man does at once what the fool does finally. ~ Niccolo Machiavelli

He who hesitates is a damned fool. ~ Mae West

Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death. ~ Rosalind Russell

A fool and his money are soon elected. ~ Will Rogers

A fool and his money are soon parted, but it is remarkable how many fools have money to part from. ~ EDGAR GUEST

A man may be a fool and not know it, but not if he is married. ~ H. L. Mencken

It may be true that you can’t fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country. ~ Will Durant

A lot of good arguments are spoiled by some fool who knows what he is talking about. ~ Miguel de Unamuno

A fellow who is always declaring he’s no fool usually has his suspicions. ~ Wilson Mizner

To succeed in the world, it is much more necessary to possess the penetration to discern who is a fool, than to discover who is a clever man. ~ Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

A rich man without charity is a rogue; and perhaps it would be no difficult matter to prove that he is also a fool. ~ Henry Fielding

It’s morally wrong to allow a sucker to keep his money. ~ W. C. Fields

My opinion is that he’s a swindler and you’re a sucker. ~ John McCarthy

If you’re playing a poker game and you look around the table and can’t tell who the sucker is, it’s you. ~ Paul Newman

Experience keeps a dear school, yet fools will learn in no other. ~ BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard’s Almanac

The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too. ~ Samuel Butler, Notebooks

You can’t argue with all of the fools in the world. It’s easier to let them have their way, then trick them when they’re not paying attention. ~ Christopher Paolini

Fools and wise-folk are alike harmless. It is the half-wise, and the half-foolish, who are the most dangerous. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


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