Happy April Fool’s Day!

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April Fool's DayWhether you like April Fool’s Day or not, certainly we’ve all been “fooled” at times, acted “foolish” toward others or have caused others to think: “what a fool.”

The definition of the word “fool”*, however, is wide ranging and can be used in a light-hearted, jokingly way – “you blockhead”, says Charlie Brown or, as Buddy the Elf put it, “I’m a cotton headed ninny muggins” – or in a more serious tone, it can indicate someone who is deceiving or impious.

So, be careful on this April Fool’s Day not to be such a dolt or dunderhead as to think that All Things Good is foolish enough to give anything away! (…just kidding…except we really aren’t giving anything away!)

*According to Webster’s New World College Dictionary, a “fool” is:

  • A person with little or no common sense, judgement, wisdom
  • A man formerly kept in the household of a nobleman or king to entertain by joking and clowning; professional jester
  • A victim of a joke or trick

Other words that follow “fool” in the dictionary:  
Foolery, foolhardy, foolhen, foolish, foolproof, foolscap, fool’s errand, fool’s gold, fool’s paradise

Synonyms for “fool” (taken from the Doubleday Roget’s 1977 Thesaurus):
Idiot, moron, simpleton, dope, half-wit, loon, nincompoop, blockhead, dolt, pinhead, dunce, buffoon, jester, jokester, clown, chucklehead, ninny, dunderhead, tomfool

And finally, here are ATG’s 10 “fool”-proof quotes from some of the least “fool”-ish people in history:

What is a fool?
“Fool in Green”, 1923 by Maxfield Parrish, American Painter and Illustrator (1870-1966)

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: fools despise wisdom and instruction…” – Proverbs 1:7, King James Bible

“The fool does think he wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” – Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”

“H’aint we got all the fools in town on our side?  And ain’t that a big enough majority in any town?” – Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn

“You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time” – Abraham Lincoln

“Any fool can make a rule and any fool will mind it” – Henry David Thoreau

“It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them” – Epictetus

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do” – Benjamin Franklin

“Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself” – Charlie Chaplin

“A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart” – Confucius

“The first day of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year” – Mark Twain

One thought on “Happy April Fool’s Day!

  • April 1, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    I FELL FOR IT! 🙂 I love these quotes–especially Shakespeare’s and Twain’s. Happy April Fool’s Day!


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