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as a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool repeats his folly

Foolish people are apt to repeat their missteps. A: "I can't believe Sarah is going skiing again, after she broke her leg the last time." B: "Well, as a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool repeats his folly."
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Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.

Prov. If knowing something makes you unhappy, it would be better not to know it. (Also the cliché: ignorance is bliss.) Ellen: The doctor didn't tell Dad that Mom probably won't recover from her illness. Do you think we should tell him? Bill: No. It would only make him unhappy and ruin their last months together. Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.
See also: folly, ignorance, wise
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Imelda Staunton in NT Live's Follies Picture: Johan Persson
The book, Follies of Europe: Architectural Extravaganzas, photographs by Nic Barlow with text by Caroline Holmes, is published by The Garden Art Press at pounds 35.
Nick said: "When I was growing up, no-one knew Hawkstone Park Follies were there.
As Redniss tells the story, Travis frequently interrupts, reminiscing about the Follies and the people she's met--like Irving Berlin, John Wayne, and Arthur Murray.
A fictional Broadway theatre that once housed the grand musical revues of yesterday, a la Ziegfeld, is about to be torn down; a reunion takes place on the stage--the demolition has already begun; a gaping hole in the upstage wall reveals the new day being scraped out of darkness--and there, among the aging Follies girls, are two wrecked marriages.
Follies may be the smartest Broadway musical ever--not the fleetest or wittiest or funniest, surely, or the most moving, if only because there's Carousel, but the one in which the layers of emotional resonance are built with so much intelligence.
During the Enlightenment, follies came to represent a king of necessary evil, without which rationalism, progress and faith in the perfectibility of mankind would have been empty concepts mere fictions of good without tangible antagonists.
Josef Urban had a large hand in much of the interior designs and worked with Florenz Ziegfeld when that impresario hosted his famous Ziegfeld Follies at the New Amsterdam from 1913 to his death in 1932.
The FDA's follies are precisely the sort of actions that one expects a powerful government bureaucracy to take--self-serving, irresponsible, heedless of the injuries it causes so long as they are ignored by the news media, and vindictive against whistle-blowers.
And Red Raven Follies perform Saturday at Oak Street Speakeasy for a suggested donation of $5.
There you can enjoy farmyard fun at the Jolly Farm, meet friendly animals and feed baby goats at the hugely popular bottle-feeding shows, discover exotic animals, including many rare and endangered species, in the zoo, relive the fun of yesteryear in Europe's biggest undercover vintage fairground, watch the kids exhaust themselves in the Carousel Woods and Pirates adventure playgrounds, whizz round the Follystone Go-Kart Track, test your skills on the CAT diggers, take in a magical show in the Follies Theatre and ride on the land train around the wildlife park.
The opening number of Rift Markowitz's Palm Springs Follies, the hugely successful burlesque dance review now in its 14th season at the Plaza Theatre in Palm Springs, CA, includes a frank disclosure--the ages of every member of the cast.
The series, narrated by Julie Andrews, picks up in 1893, when Ziegfeld arrived in New York's seedy Tenderloin district, where 10 years later he would mount his famed ``Ziegfeld Follies.
Streamside Day Follies consists of a single-channel video projection centered on the opening festivities of Streamside Knolls, a planned suburban neighborhood in Fishkill, New York.