No Fool Like An April Fool

I like April Fools' Day. Oh, not because I love practical jokes. In fact, I deplore practical jokes. For the most part, I think they are a way people vent their secret resentment and ire on another. But I'm not talking about people with hidden agendas who play jokes.

I'm talking about the ones kids and the young at heart engage in on the first day of April.

I like this day because it's a neat, unauthorized holiday. Most of us are fools at least part of the time so why not have a day to celebrate foolishness?

According to a Wiki About April Fools Day, the first recorded association between April 1 and foolishness can be found in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales from the 14th century.

In countries like "Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Australia, Cyprus, and South Africa, the jokes only last until noon, and someone who plays a trick after noon is called an April Fool and taunted April Fool's Day's past and gone, You're the fool for making one."

In other countries from Europe to Asia, and in the U. S., the jokes last all day. So let's celebrate the day with a few good quotations about fools.

This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four. ~ Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson, 1894

Isn't it appropriate that the month of the tax begins with April Fool's Day and ends with cries of May Day? ~ Anonymous

Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever. ~ Charles Lamb

I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right. ~ Albert Einstein

A fool and his money are soon elected. ~ Will Rogers

Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. ~ Elbert Hubbard

A fool and her money are soon courted. ~ Helen Rowland

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool. Writers, alas, have to be fools in public, while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks. ~ Erica Jong

Takeaway Truth

Take a break and laugh a lot. Happy April Fools' Day.

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