Hey, You, Don’t Be a FOOL!

Hey, You, Don’t Be a FOOL! That phrase is typically spoken in a less than kind tone of voice, typically following an occasion of a person saying or doing something unwise – or yes, foolish.



The Bible actually has a lot to say about fools and foolishness. The Psalms and Proverbs, especially, compare wisdom and foolishness, and in fact frequently make the admonishment to NOT be fools or act foolishly.


While most of us have probably “pranked” someone – or been the victims of pranks – there is usually no evil intent. Good-natured fun and laughter is actually a GOOD thing (“…a cheerful heart is good medicine…” paraphrased version of Proverbs 17:22). We just have to not cross the boundary into something that is truly foolish, harmful to someone’s feelings or health, or dangerous in any way.


We can do much more to encourage and build up others by acting wisely instead of foolishly. I think two of my favorite quotes about wisdom vs. foolishness are the followings Proverbs, paraphrased:


*Proverbs 17:28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.


*Proverbs 29:11 — A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.


I think these might be the sources of the expression (attributed to Mark Twain and others)…


It’s better to remain quiet

and let people think you’re a fool,

than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!”


“It is better to weep with wise men

than to laugh with fools.”

~Spanish Proverb


“Real friends are those who,

when you feel you’ve made a fool of yourself,

don’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.”

~Author Unknown


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So what do YOU think?


Have you ever caught yourself saying or doing something that could be considered foolish?


At what point do you think a prank goes too far?



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3 thoughts on “Hey, You, Don’t Be a FOOL!”
  1. Hey KLee, I tell my daughter all the time one of the things I admire about her is her ability to make a mistake and learn from the negative consequence. She also is great at learning from others mistakes. Thanks for posting the proverbs.

  2. I think everyone does foolish things sometimes. No one is perfect. I don’t like pranks that cause someone else to look foolish because as you say it’s more important to encourage. I’m not averse to doing silly things for a laugh but nothing that would in any way hurt someone else.

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