The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
 William Shakespeare, As You Like It (1623). copy citation

Author William Shakespeare
Source As You Like It
Topic wisdom foolishness modesty narcissism stupidity ego humility vanity
Date 1623
Language English
Reference As You Like It, Act V, Scene 1
Note Written between 1598 and 1599 Touchstone line

Meaning and analysis

Kwize Master As William comes to see Audrey because he hopes to marry her, Touchstone, with whom Audrey is in love, questions him about his age, money and qualities. He then asks him if he thinks he is wise, to which William answers in the affirmative. Touchstone then reminds William of this proverb, which says that only an idiot can believe that he is wise.
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