April Fool’s quotes and sayings

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

April fool, n. The March fool with another month added to his folly.
Ambrose Bierce

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
Chinese Proverb

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

Small April sobbed, I’m going to cry Please give me a cloud to wipe my eye; Then April Fool, she laughed instead And smiled a rainbow overhead.


Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.

If it thunders on All Fool’s Day, Expect good crops of corn and hay.


Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee, And I’ll forgive Thy great big one on me.

Robert Frost

He who is born a fool is never cured.

I hope life isn’t a big joke, because I don’t get it.
Jack Handey

We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.
Japanese Proverb

If every fool wore a crown, we should all be kings.
Welsh Proverb

Even the gods love jokes.

I have great faith in fools – self-confidence, my friends call it.
Edgar Allan Poe

The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.
Will Rogers

It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.
Max Eastman

The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded.
George Orwell

You can fool all 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

A spoon does not know the taste of soup, nor a learned fool the taste of wisdom.
Welsh Proverb

A fool may be known by six things: anger without cause; speech without profit; change without progress; inquiry without object; putting trust in a stranger; and mistaking foes for friends.

Arabian Proverb

What a fool does in the end, the wise do in the beginning.
Spanish Proverb

Don’t approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side.
Jewish Proverb

It is better to weep with wise men than to laugh with fools.
Spanish Proverb

Every fool finds a greater one to admire them.

A spoon does not know the taste of soup, nor a learned fool the taste of wisdom.
Welsh Proverb

Fools build houses, and wise men buy them.
English Proverb

The fool is always beginning to live.

A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes.
Robert Frost

Foolproof systems to not take into account the ingenuity of fools.
Gene Brown

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
William Blake

For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
Alexander Pope

A sense of humor is the ability to understand a joke-and that the joke is oneself.
Clifton Paul Fadiman

Men reach their sexual peak at eighteen. Women reach theirs at thirty-five. Do you get the feeling that God is playing a practical joke?
Rita Rudner

Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.
Cato the Elder

Don’t give cherries to pigs or advice to fools.
Irish Proverb

The maple syrup’s full of ants. A mouse is creeping on the shelf. Is that a spider on your back? I ate the whole pie by myself. The kitchen sink just overflowed. A flash flood washed away the school. I threw your blanket in the trash. I never lie—-I— APRIL FOOL!

Myra Cohn Livingston

The world is full of fools; and he who would not wish to see one, must not only shut himself up alone, but must also break his looking-glass.


One thing kids like is to be tricked. For instance, I was going to take my little nephew to Disneyland, but instead I drove him to an old burned-out warehouse. “Oh, no,” I said. “Disneyland burned down.” He cried and cried, but I think that deep down, he thought it was a pretty good joke. I started to drive over to the real Disneyland, but it was getting pretty late.
Jack Handey

The first of April, some do say Is set apart for All Fool’s Day; But why the people call it so Nor I, nor they themselves, do know, But on this day are people sent On purpose for pure merriment.

Poor Robin’s Almanac

The more pity, that fools may not speak wisely what wise men do foolishly.
William Shakespeare

A man always blames the woman who fools him. In the same way he blames the door he walks into in the dark.
Henry Louis Mencken

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something.

Real friends are those who, when you feel you’ve made a fool of yourself, don’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.

A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
Balthasar Gracian

Only a fool knows everything. A wise man knows how little he knows.

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

Controversy equalizes fools and wise men…and the fools know it.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Suppose the world were only one of God’s jokes, would you work any the less to make it a good joke instead of a bad one?
George Bernard Shaw

A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Douglas Adams

The haste of a fool is the slowest thing in the world.
Thomas Shadwell

Silence is the wit of fools.
Jean la Bruyere

Lord, what fools these mortals be.
William Shakespeare

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool.
William Shakespeare