“ 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
|Source||As You Like It|
|Topic||wisdom foolishness modesty narcissism stupidity ego humility vanity|
|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.