Sermon quotes on foolishness

Augustine of Hippo

We were ensnared by the wisdom of the serpent; we are set free by the foolishness of God.

Quoted in J. F. Shaw. On Christian Doctrine”, Courier Corporation, 2009, p.10.

Alistair Begg

The foolishness of the cross is the wisdom of God and the wisdom of God is powerful in its impact.

Warren Buffett

A fool and his money are soon invited everywhere.

George W. Bush

There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.

Christina, Queen of Sweden

God has neither form nor shape under which we can know Him; when he speaks of Himself in metaphors and similes, He is adapting Himself to our foolishness, our limited capacity.

Clement of Alexandria

Therefore let us repent and pass from ignorance to knowledge, from foolishness to wisdom, from licentiousness to self-control, from injustice to righteousness, from godlessness to God.

Michel de Montaigne

O human creature,you are the investigator without knowledge, the magistrate without jurisdiction, and all in all, the fool of the farce.

Albert Einstein

Only two things are infinite — the universe and human stupidity and I’m not sure about the former.

Thomas Fuller

He that has no fools, knaves nor beggars in his family was begot by a flash of lightning.

Anatole France

If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.

Quoted in Ralph G. Nichols and Thomas R. Lewis, Listening and Speaking:A Guide to Effective Oral Communication 1954.

Louie Giglio

It is because of our foolishness that we forget who God is.

Louie Giglio

We get into captivity because of our foolishness and we are more foolish that we want to admit.

George Herbert

None is a fool always, everyone sometimes.

Ben Jonson

He who is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.

Søren Kierkegaard

It costs a man just as much or even more to go to hell than to come to heaven.

Abraham Lincoln

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

Abraham Lincoln: Wisdom & Wit, Peter Pauper Press, 1982.

Martin Luther

He who believes his doctrine to be perfectly right and true has only to lift his hands and touch his ears and discover they are the long furry ears of a donkey.

Wilson Mizner

A fellow who is always declaring that he’s no fool, usually has his suspicions.

Alexander Pope

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

An Essay on Criticism 1711, l.625

Will Rogers

A fool and his money are soon elected.


And if my present deeds are foolish in thy sight, it may be that a foolish judge arraigns my folly.

The Tragedies

Source Unknown

Better to be thought a fool—than to open your mouth and prove it.

R.C. Sproul

As the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, so the denial of God is the height of foolishness.

Essential Truths of the Christian Faith, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2011 p.5.

Charles Spurgeon

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.

Jeremy Taylor

What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an oyster!

Henry David Thoreau

Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is nothing else but this.

Paul David Tripp

Foolishness is more than being stupid, that deadly combination of arrogance and ignorance.

Mark Twain

April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.

Pudd’hhead Wilson

Mark Twain

Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.

Following the Equator, 1897.

Mark Twain

Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.

Oscar Wilde

Life is one fool thing after another whereas love is two fool things after each other.

The Happy Prince and Other Tales, 2015.

Albert Barnes

There is nothing more foolish than an act of wickedness; there is no wisdom equal to that of obeying God.

Francis de Sales

Nothing is more like a wise man than a fool who holds his tongue.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.

Desiderius Erasmus

Fools are without number.

Thomas Fuller

He that has no fools, knaves nor beggars in his family was begot by a flash of lightning.

Martin Luther King Jr.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

Martin Luther

Riches are the pettiest and least worthy gifts which God can give a man. What are they to God’s Word, to bodily gifts, such as beauty and health; or to the gifts of the mind, such as understanding, skill, wisdom! Yet men toil for them day and night, and take no rest. Therefore God commonly gives riches to foolish people to whom he gives nothing else.

Woodrow Kroll

Only a fool thinks he can fool God.

Anne Wilson Schaef

When we insist on doing too much, we are not only inflicting the damage of this choice on ourselves, we are sharing this damage with those we love the most.

John Tillotson

He who provides for this life but takes not care for eternity is wise for a moment but a fool forever.


Prejudices are what fools use for reason.

Mark Twain

Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.

Following the Equator (1897)