The History of April Fools
In sixteenth-century France, the start of the new year was observed on April first. It was celebrated in much the same way as New Year’s Eve is today with parties and dancing into the late hours of the night.
In 1562, Pope Gregory introduced a new calendar for the Christian world, and the new year fell on January first.
There were some people, however, who hadn’t heard or didn’t believe the change in the date, so they continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April first. Others played tricks on them and called them “April fools.” They sent them on a “fool’s errand” or tried to make them believe that something false was true.
Shiloh and I are collaborating again, we have so much fun almost all of the time doing this, and today we went for something just a wee bittie different than our other collaborations.
We chose to share some qoutes we like about April Fool’s Day, so we waded through Google and a Dictionary of quotes, and then we each chose ten that we liked. Here they are in no particular order.
Destiny. A tyrant’s authority for crime and a fool’s excuse for failure.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil’s Dictionary (1881-1906).
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools.
Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), English philosopher. Essays, vol. 3, “State Tamperings with Money and Banks” (1891).
Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread.
Alexander Pope (1688-1744), English poet. An Essay on Criticism (1711).
When he said we were trying to make a fool of him, I could only murmur that the Creator had beat us to it.
Ilka Chase (b. 1905), U.S. author, actor. Quoted in: Jilly Cooper and Tom Hartman, Violets and Vinegar, “Mrs. Crankhurst” (1980).
A spoon does not know the taste of soup, nor a learned fool the taste of wisdom.
If a million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. ~ Anatole France
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
~ ~ ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. The first of April, some do say,
Is set apart for All Fools’ Day.
But why the people call it so,
Nor I, nor they themselves do know.
But on this day are people sent
On purpose for pure merriment.
~ ~ ~ Poor Robin’s Almanac (1790)
A fool and his words are soon parted.
~ ~ ~ William Shenstone
No man really becomes a fool until he stops asking questions.
~ ~ ~ Charles Steinmetz
The great God endows His children variously. To some he gives intellect- and they move the earth. To some he allots heart- and the beating pulse of humanity is theirs. But to some He gives only a soul, without intelligence- and these, who never grow up, but remain always His children, are God’s fools, kindly, elemental, simple as if from His palette the Artist of All had taken one colour instead of many. Mary Roberts Rinehart
Are twelve wise men more wise than one? or will twelve fools, put together, make one sage? Are twelve honest men more honest than one?
Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread.
Alexander PopeThis is the day (April Fool’s Day) upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four. ~ Mark Twain A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
~ ~ ~ Douglas Adams If a million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
~ ~ ~ Anatole France The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.
~ ~ ~ Benjamin Franklin Neither man nor woman can be worth anything until they have discovered that they are fools. The sooner the discovery is made the better, as there is more time and power for taking advantage of it.
~ ~ ~ William Lamb Melbourne Better to remain silent and be thought a fool then to speak out and remove all doubt.
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark, or the man afraid of the light?
Author: Maurice Freehill
There were more than a couple that both of us thought were good, but we wanted 20 different quotes, so wee kept nibbling away, until we had all 20 quotes,
I hope you have enjoyed this as much as we enjoyed finding them and sharing them.