Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
 William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (1623). copy citation

Author William Shakespeare
Source Twelfth Night
Topic stupidity cleverness
Date 1623
Language English
Note Written between 1601 and 1602


“Clown. Wit, and't be thy will, put me into good fooling! Those wits that think they have thee do very oft prove fools; and I, that am sure I lack thee, may pass for a wise man. For what says Quinapalus? Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.—God bless thee, lady!
OLIVIA. Take the fool away. Clown. Do you not hear, fellows? Take away the lady.
OLIVIA. Go to, you're a dry fool; I'll no more of you: besides, you grow dishonest.

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