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Fools rush in where angels fear to tread? Proverbs and sayings about fools of

the Ordinary statement “fools rush in where angels fear to tread“ actually has continuation: if pisan, not chitan if chitan, it is not told. Then expression gets a bit different sense. In ancient times literacy was, as a rule, destiny of the elite, and we designate, that is to the people, hand-written laws were announced.

And, by the way, in the 11th century the metropolitan Illarion in “The word about the law and grace“ addressed readers so: “... not k nevjdushchim bo pishem, but a preizlikha we nasyshchshtsya sweets knizhnyya“. It is remarkable that at the beginning of the 20th century Moritz Ilyich Michelson in the well-known work “The Russian thought and the speech. Personal and others`. Experience of the Russian phraseology“ provides as “fools rush in where angels fear to tread“, and “just the law not pisan“. Someone`s sharp tongue modified the text at all: “fools rush in where angels fear to tread, it is written by fools“.

In folklore the attitude towards fools not unambiguous. And it is unsurprising - the sense of the word changed over time, and about it there was already a conversation. But as now it designates exclusively silly, unreasonable person, we will begin with those proverbs and sayings which reflect this position. So: the Negative portrait Popular wisdom distinguishes to


several identification signs of fools. In particular, “the fool - who speaks not so“. It is necessary to notice that the statement this ambiguous, of a direct sense it convicts not able to speak, and of allegoric - hints that any and everyone if begins to tell objectionable, can get to category of fools.

Second characteristic: the fool accepts the truth on a drop, and flattery on a spoon. Yes, weakness for flattery cannot be referred to reasonable lines. The moral aspect is emphasized by a saying “the fool of shame does not know“. Or here still: “the fool is also glad to that that there is no mind“. Who will argue with what not the person interested to increase the intellectual potential is simple - naprosto is not clever.

Nonsense. can allocate two aspects Here. The first is connected with knowledge: to teach the fool that dead / humpbacked to treat (or: to learn - to carry the fool a sieve water; to teach the fool - that on water to write); that for clever the press, for silly the lock. And, at last, it is simple: you will not teach the fool. But also still: to listen to the fool - not to eat some pie; gave to the fool a canvas, and he speaks: “is thick“.

The second - is directed to an assessment of actions of the person:

- with the fool of beer you will not weld;

- the fool foolish also does;

- the fool went and itself follow;

- the fool went on a spoon, and he drags a cat;

- to the fool on a belt, and clever is dry will pass;

- to the fool seven versts not a hook;

- the simpleton and the house will burn, so is glad to fire.

Unreasonableness. Often it is about excessive, rash diligence: force the fool to pray to god - he and will hurt a forehead (or rasshibt); the fool in water will throw a stone, and ten clever is not taken out; the fool will tie - and clever will not untie. Sometimes naivety means: the fool for show carries money; the fool for the silly woman far went. It would be desirable to tell about the last in more detail. In - the first, not for clever to it to go that it with it to do - that will be! In - the second, and “clever“ sometimes far and long look for “half“.

sometimes it is necessary to pay For unreasonableness: fools argue on production, and clever divided it. Well, it turns out what so far the people expect the “gingerbreads“ promised by the state, between the powers that be they are divided?

Sometimes the attention to a disorientation in time and space, not to mention situation in society is paid. In a word, does not know what creates:

- the fool of time does not know;

- the fool loves a crush;

- give to the fool a horse, he on it and to hell will leave.

I does not know when to stop: give to the fool vent, and he will take two.

Hopelessness of the diagnosis. On this subject popular wisdom notices:

- the fool though in a mortar rumors;

- the drunkard will be overslept, the fool never;

- the fool of the house, the fool in people.

Danger of contact. Warnings that it is necessary to avoid close ties with stupid - unreasonable sound so:

- the obliging fool is more dangerous than the enemy;

- the fool one will be born - to the whole world trouble;

- the fool is more dangerous than the enemy.

And therefore “and in an altar beat fools“.

Community of fools. on relationship between fools told much. Here, for example:

- the fool of the fool learns, and both do not understand;

- the fool met with the fool, at each other marveled;

- the fool of the fool sees from far away;

- the fool also indulges the fool;

- the fool`s fool also sat out.

And when the situation becomes absolutely ridiculous thanks to stupid decisions, speak: the fool on the fool goes and the fool adjusts. Can add: “fools the herd - the shepherd is necessary“.

of Advantage of fools

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a saying “to fools it is lucky“. But it has more figurative option: “the fool sleeps, and happiness at him in the heads costs“. In the people was considered that the fool is helped by God:

- The fool`s god, povalya, feeds;

- the fool shoots, God of a bullet carries.

And in fairy tales to it and in general half-kingdoms gets to the tsarevna in addition.

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From where fools undertake? Yes, them “do not sow from anywhere, do not reap, they grow“ (or will be born). And let on “our century of fools will be enough“, on the other hand, “the silly woman lies, lies and the truth will tell lies“. Besides “the fool grinds, and clever trusts“. Then whether so he is clever?