„Men may live fools, but fools they cannot die.“

—  Edward Young, Pensieri notturni

Origine: Night-Thoughts (1742–1745), Night IV, Line 843.

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poeta britannico 1683 - 1765

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„Controversy equalizes fools and wise men in the same way, — and the fools know it.“

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„Children and fooles cannot lye.“

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„I'm a fool, but I'll love you dear
Until the day I die
Now and then there's a fool such as I.“

—  Bill Trader American singer-songwriter 1922 - 2003

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And now you say that we are through.
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