``Philosophy teaches how man thinks he thinks; but drinking shows how he really thinks."
-- Rene Daumal, A Night of Serious Drinking

The Fool
is a wanderer, energetic, ubiquitous, and immortal. He is the most powerful of all the Tarot Trumps. Since he has no fixed number he is free to travel at will, often upsetting the established order with his pranks.
--Sallie Nichols, Jung and Tarot

Much Madness is divinest Sense --
To a discerning Eye --
Much Sense -- the starkest Madness --
Tis the Majority
In this, as All, prevail --
Assent -- and you are sane --
Demur -- you're straightway dangerous --
And handled with a Chain --
--Emily Dickinson


If a man would persist in his folly, he would become wise.
--William Blake, Proverbs from Hell

He wrote secret notes to people he hadn't met yet. Some of them aren't even born, he said, but we live in a strange neighborhood and they will need help figuring things out and I won't always be around to explain it to them.
--Brian Andreas, Mostly True

In certain localities even the priests seem to have adhered to the libertas decembrica, as the Fool's Holiday was called, in spite (or perhaps because?) of the fact that the older level of consciousness could let itself rip on this happy occasion with all the wildness, wantonness, and irresponsibility of paganism.
--C.J. Jung, The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious

The wife of the old miller said, ``It is said they (the Faery) are mostly good neighbors, but the stroke of the fool is what there is no cure for; anyone that gets that is gone."
--W.B. Yeats, The Queen and the Fool

Fool Dreams

The world as nothing he did prize,
for as a scarecrow in men's eyes
He lived, and was their bugbear too;
And had the luck, with much ado,
To live a fool, and yet die wise.
--Cervantes, Don Quixote


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