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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Fools
 
Young men think old men are fools; but old men know young men are fools.
        Chapman.—All Fools, Act V. Scene 1.
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Fools are apt to imitate only the defects of their betters.
        Swift.—Sermon 9. (Roscoe’s Life of Swift.)
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        The world is grown so bad
That wrens may prey where eagles dare not perch.
        Shakespeare.—King Richard III., Act I. Scene 3.
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While timorous knowledge stands considering,
Audacious ignorance hath done the deed.
        Daniel.
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Where men of judgment creep and feel their way,
The positive pronounce without dismay.
        Cowper.—Conversation, Line 145.
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No place so sacred from such fops is barr’d,
Nor is Paul’s church more safe than Paul’s churchyard:
Nay, fly to altars; there they’ll talk you dead:
For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
        Pope.—Essay on Criticism, Part III. Line 623. (Taken from Boileau’s Art of Poetry.)
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Where Mars might quake to tread.
        Byron.—Childe Harold, Canto I. Stanza 54.
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Men may live fools, but fools they cannot die.
        Young.—Night IV. Line 842.
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