„Shelley was a young fool; so are these cocksparrow revolutionaries. But it is better to be a fool than to be dead. It is better to emit a scream in the shape of a theory than to be entirely insensible to the jars and incongruities of life and take everything as it comes in a forlorn stupidity.“
Crabbed Age and Youth.
Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers (1881)
Kontext: All error, not merely verbal, is a strong way of stating that the current truth is incomplete. The follies of youth have a basis in sound reason, just as much as the embarrassing questions put by babes and sucklings. Their most antisocial acts indicate the defects of our society. When the torrent sweeps the man against a boulder, you must expect him to scream, and you need not be surprised if the scream is sometimes a theory. Shelley, chafing at the Church of England, discovered the cure of all evils in universal atheism. Generous lads irritated at the injustices of society, see nothing for it but the abolishment of everything and Kingdom Come of anarchy. Shelley was a young fool; so are these cocksparrow revolutionaries. But it is better to be a fool than to be dead. It is better to emit a scream in the shape of a theory than to be entirely insensible to the jars and incongruities of life and take everything as it comes in a forlorn stupidity. Some people swallow the universe like a pill; they travel on through the world, like smiling images pushed from behind. For God’s sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself! As for the others, the irony of facts shall take it out of their hands, and make fools of them in downright earnest, ere the farce be over. There shall be such a mopping and a mowing at the last day, and such blushing and confusion of countenance for all those who have been wise in their own esteem, and have not learnt the rough lessons that youth hands on to age. If we are indeed here to perfect and complete our own natures, and grow larger, stronger, and more sympathetic against some nobler career in the future, we had all best bestir ourselves to the utmost while we have the time. To equip a dull, respectable person with wings would be but to make a parody of an angel.
— Nigel Lythgoe Executive producer and television director 1949
On why he never dances on So You Think You Can Dance
Looseleaf, Victoria (August 2007), "A MAN, A PLAN, A WILDLY SUCCESSFUL TV SHOW". Dance Magazine. 81 (8):46
— Christopher Paolini, kniha Eldest
„It is better to be a human dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied.“
— John Stuart Mill, kniha Utilitarianism
Zdroj: Utilitarianism (1861), Ch. 2
Kontext: It is better to be a human dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied. And if the fool, or the pig, are of a different opinion, it is because they only know their own side of the question. The other party to the comparison knows both sides.
— John Ruskin English writer and art critic 1819 - 1900
The Crown of Wild Olive, lecture III: War, section 114 (1866).
— Democritus Ancient Greek philosopher, pupil of Leucippus, founder of the atomic theory
Source Book in Ancient Philosophy (1907)
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, kniha The Idiot
The Idiot (1868–9)
— Anton Chekhov Russian dramatist, author and physician 1860 - 1904
— William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
Varianta: Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.
Zdroj: Twelfth Night
„Translation: In all companies there are more fools than wise men, and the greater part always gets the better of the wiser.“
— Francois Rabelais, kniha Gargantua and Pantagruel
En toutes compagnies il y a plus de folz que de sages, et la plus grande partie surmonte tousjours la meilleure.
Chapter 10 http://books.google.com/books?id=wfRKAQAAIAAJ&q=%22En+toutes+compagnies+il+y+a+plus+de+folz+que+de+sages+et+la+plus+grande+partie+surmonte+tousjours+la+meilleure%22&pg=PA285#v=onepage.
Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532–1564), Pantagruel (1532)
„Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.“
— Solomon king of Israel and the son of David -1011 - -931 pred n. l.
[Proverbs, 19:13, KJV] (KJV)
„When intelligent people pride themselves on not understanding, it is quite natural they should succeed better than fools.“
— André Gide French novelist and essayist 1869 - 1951
“An Unprejudiced Mind,” p. 346
Pretexts: Reflections on Literature and Morality (1964)
„wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world my blood approves,
and kisses are a better fate
— E.E. Cummings American poet 1894 - 1962
is 5 (1926)
„Better to say nothing and be thought a fool,” said Amarelle, “than to interfere in the business of wizards and remove all doubt.“
— Scott Lynch American writer 1978
In George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois (eds.) Rogues (p. 245)
Short fiction, A Year and a Day in Old Theradane (2014)
„The wise man dies no better or more wisely than the fool. In what way, then, is the wise man wise?“
— Joseph Heller, kniha God Knows
God Knows (1984)
„Fools will be fools,
And wise will be wise.
But I will look this world
Straight in the eyes.What good is a man
Who won't take a stand?
What good is a cynic
With no better plan?“
— Ben Harper singer-songwriter and musician 1969
Song lyrics, Both Sides of the Gun (2006)
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
Bertrand Russell, attributes this phrase to 'West German friends of peace' but adopted this slogan for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament he helped found http://books.google.com/books?id=c4UoX6-Sv1AC&pg=PA49 William Safire, Safire's Political Dictionary, (2008) p. 49–50