The first day of April, known as All Fools’ Day or April Fools’ Day, is an annual occasion for hoaxes and jokes and pranks and tricks. The exact origins of this crazy comedic holiday are uncertain, ranging from ancient pagan customs to basic spring fever. From fake news stories to classroom gags to practical jokes, April Fools’ antics abound on this day each year.
The victims of these capers are known as April Fools, and they usually seek some sort of prankster payback before the first of April has passed.
What popular or famous quotations pertain to April Fools’ Day?
Consider these 25 April Fools’ Day quotes, gathered from multiple sources and arranged alphabetically by author or speaker. Those quoted include authors, artists, celebrities, humorists, philosophers, politicians, and others. Although many of these quotations were not originally spoken directly on or about April Fool’s Day, they seem somehow appropriate for the occasion.
- “There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man.” Aristotle
- “You grow up the day you have your first real laugh – at yourself.” Ethel Barrymore
- “Until you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great.” Cher
- “The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.” Sir Winston Churchill
- “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” Confucius
- “Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.” Albert Einstein
- “I’m not denyin’ the women are foolish. God Almighty made ‘em to match the men.” George Eliot
- “April is the cruelest month.” T.S. Eliot
- “Talk sense to a fool, and he calls you foolish.” Euripides
- “If 50 million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.” Anatole France
- “Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it.” Benjamin Franklin
- “Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee. And I’ll forgive Thy great big one on me.” Robert Frost
- Who is more foolish, the fool or the fool that follows it?” Sir Alec Guinness
- “Mix a little foolishness with your prudence. It’s good to be silly at the right moment,” Horace
- “Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever.” Charles Lamb
- “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Abraham Lincoln
- “The Lord commonly gives riches to foolish people, to whom He gives nothing else.” Martin Luther
- “A learned fool is more a fool than an ignorant fool.” Moliere
- “The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded.” George Orwell
- “I have great faith in fools – self-confidence, my friends call it.” Edgar Allan Poe
- “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” Alexander Pope
- “The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.” Will Rogers
- “Shall we their fond pageant see? Lord, what fools these mortals be.” William Shakespeare
- “Dare to wear the foolish clown face.” Frank Sinatra
- “April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.” Mark Twain
These April Fools’ Day quotes may be suitable for sharing in party toasts, written greetings, or other ways. Some statements may draw chuckles, while others will raise eyebrows or further discussion, both silly and shrewd.