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Fools, most linguists.
by John le Carre

Fools, most linguists.
Damn all to say in one language, so they learn another
and say damn all in that.
- John le Carre

You should have died when I killed you.
- John le Carre

Love is whatever you can still betray.
Betrayal can only happen if you love.
- John le Carre

A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.
- John le Carre

 

If there is one eternal truth of politics,
it is that there are always a dozen good reasons for doing nothing.
- John le Carre

A committee is an animal with four back legs.
- John le Carre

Writing is like walking in a deserted street.
Out of the dust in the street you make a mud pie.
- John le Carre

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Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing
your oxen turned into bouillon cubes.
- John le Carre

The monsters of our childhood do not fade away,
neither are they ever wholly monstrous.
But neither, in my experience, do we ever reach a plane
of detachment regarding our parents,
however wise and old we may become.
To pretend otherwise is to cheat.
- John le Carre

History keeps her secrets longer than most of us.
But she has one secret that I will reveal to you tonight
in the greatest confidence.
Sometimes there are no winners at all.
And sometimes nobody needs to lose.
- John le Carre

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain,
and most fools do.
- Benjamin Franklin

We must learn to live together as brothers
or perish together as fools.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.
- Albert Einstein

Those who realize their folly are not true fools.
- Zhuangzi

When it comes to cars, only two varieties of people are possible -
cowards and fools.
- Russell Baker

History is an account, mostly false,
of events,
mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers,
mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
- Ambrose Bierce

The wise are wise only because they love.
The fool are fools only because they think they can understand love.
- Paulo Coelho

Start with God - the first step in learning is bowing down to God;
only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.
- King Solomon

Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything.
- Frank Dane

The surprising thing about young fools is how many
survive to become old fools.
- Doug Larson

What is wealth? A dream of fools.
- Abraham Cahan

Zeal is fit for wise men, but flourishes chiefly among fools.
- John Tillotson

Fools are more to be feared than the wicked.
- Queen Christina

I am two fools, I know, for loving, and for saying so in whining poetry.
- John Donne

Silence is the wit of fools.
- Anatole France

Fools rush in where incumbents fear to tread.
- Norman Ralph Augustine

Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the
world hath more fools in it than ever.
- Charles Lamb

People who don't see their nature and imagine they
can practice thoughtlessness all the time are lairs and fools.
- Bodhidharma

There are more fools in the world than there are people.
- Heinrich Heine

Fortune, seeing that she could not make fools wise,
has made them lucky.
- Michel de Montaigne

Is not this whole world an illusion? And yet it fools everybody.
- Angela Carter

The fools ran after me and I ran after the whores,
foolish though I realized such a proceeding to be.
- C. S. Forester

Despair is the conclusion of fools.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Come, come, leave business to idlers,
and wisdom to fools: they have need of 'em:
wit be my faculty,
and pleasure my occupation, and let father Time shake his glass.
- William Congreve

Experience keeps a dear school,
but fools will learn in no other.
- Benjamin Franklin

Politics will sooner or later make fools of everybody.
- Dick Armey

While fools shun one set of faults they run into the opposite one.
- Horace

Every man must wear out at least one pair of fools shoes.
- Earl Derr Biggers

Fools act on imagination without knowledge,
pedants act on knowledge without imagination.
- Alfred North Whitehead

It's the actors who are prepared to make fools of themselves
who are usually the ones who come to mean something to the audience.
- Christian Bale

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
- Horace

Strange, to see what delight we married people have
to see these poor fools decoyed into our condition,
every man and wife gazing and smiling at them.
- Samuel Pepys

Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools.
- Alexander Pope

Tomorrow is only found in the calendar of fools.
- Og Mandino

Time makes fools of us all.
Our only comfort is that greater shall come after us.
- E. T. Bell

Give fools their gold, and knaves their power;
let fortune's bubbles rise and fall;
who sows a field,
or trains a flower, or plants a tree,
is more than all.
- John Greenleaf Whittier

How hard it is to make your thoughts look anything
but imbecile fools when you paint them with ink on paper.
- Olive Schreiner

I love fools' experiments.
I am always making them.
- Charles Darwin

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
- Alexander Pope

Words are the counters of wise men, and the money of fools.
- Thomas Hobbes

Yet with great toil all that I can attain by long experience,
and in learned schools, is for to know my knowledge is but vain,
and those that think them wise, are greatest fools.
- William Alexander

People do not wish to appear foolish;
to avoid the appearance of foolishness,
they are willing to remain actually fools.
- Alice Walker

Reason commands us far more imperiously than a master;
for in disobeying the one we are unfortunate,
and in disobeying the other we are fools.
- Blaise Pascal

It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.
- Voltaire

Wise men speak because they have something to say;
Fools because they have to say something.
- Plato

Words are wise men's counters, they do but reckon with them,
but they are the money of fools.
- Thomas Hobbes

God has cared for these trees,
saved them from drought, disease, avalanches,
and a thousand tempests and floods.
But he cannot save them from fools.
- John Muir

People have the power to redeem the work of fools.
- Patti Smith

Who were the fools who spread the story that brute
force cannot kill ideas? Nothing is easier.
And once they are dead they are no more than corpses.
- Simone Weil

No psychologist should pretend to understand what he does not understand...
Only fools and charlatans know everything and understand nothing.
- Anton Chekhov

To limit the press is to insult a nation;
to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare
the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.
- Claud-Adrian Helvetius

At Athens, wise men propose, and fools dispose.
- Alcuin

Bad experience is a school that only fools keep going to.
- Ezra Taft Benson

I'd rather be the king of kids, than the prince of fools.
- Jack Black

Men who know themselves are no longer fools.
They stand on the threshold of the door of Wisdom.
- Henry Ellis

Controversy equalizes fools and wise men -
and the fools know it.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Young men think old men are fools; but old men know young men are fools.
- George Chapman

Tomorrow is the day when idlers work,
and fools reform.
- Edward Young

Those who wish to appear wise among fools,
among the wise seem foolish.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

For Forms of Government let fools contest;
whatever is best administered is best.
- Alexander Pope


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