a fool's paradise

a fool's paradise

A happy state that one inhabits for foolish, unfounded, or delusional reasons. We were living in a fool's paradise thinking that the financial successes of the early 2000s would last forever.
See also: paradise

fool's paradise

Fig. a state of being happy for foolish or unfounded reasons. I'm afraid that Sue's marital happiness is a fool's paradise; there are rumors that her husband is unfaithful. Fred is confident that he'll get a big raise this year, but I think he's living in a fool's paradise.
See also: paradise

fool's paradise

State of delusive contentment or false hope. For example, Joan lived in a fool's paradise, looking forward to a promotion she would never get. This expression was first recorded in 1462.
See also: paradise

a fool’s ˈparadise

a state of happiness which cannot last because something which you have not thought of is threatening to destroy it: You’ve been living in a fool’s paradise. How long do you think we can go on spending our money without earning more?
See also: paradise

fool's paradise, a

Bliss based on illusion, ignorance, or misunderstanding. The expression dates from the fifteenth century, when it appeared in print in William Paston’s letters (1462: “I wold not be in a folis paradyce”). It recurs again and again, in numerous sixteenth-century sources (including Pettie, Lyly, and Shakespeare), and was certainly a cliché by the time George Bernard Shaw wrote, “Beguiling tedious hours with romances and fairy tales and fools’ paradises” (Misalliance, 1910).
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In the Dail, Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald accused the Taoiseach of "living in a fool's paradise" if he thought his policies were working.
MULTAN -- Former prime minister and PPP stalwart Yusuf Raza Gilani said on Thursday that those who thought the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) was dead lived in a fool's paradise.
ATTOCK -- Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad on Saturday said that those demanding resignation of the prime minister were living in a fool's paradise.
"One of the problems we have got in trying to move to a new system is that we have been living in a fool's paradise" - Bank of England governor Mervyn King on the future of banking.
Is their religion a fool's paradise or do Spiritualists have access to a world that most of us prefer not to contemplate: the world of the afterlife?
Alun Ffred Jones, Plaid Cymru AM for Caernarfon, said, 'Many Assembly Members live in a fool's paradise.
If we think southern decision-makers will happily give us our share of forest- and mining-related research facilities, we are living in a fool's paradise. Southern medical schools tried to block NOSM and southern universities are tenaciously opposed to concentrating forestry and mining research and training in the North where it belongs.
Those metrics run the risk of trapping leaders in a fool's paradise. They move marketing only a step or two beyond the traditional emphasis on making--and then obsessively counting--"impressions" through advertising.
Public sector unions are in a fool's paradise if they think their members can continue to enjoy the type of gold-plated pension arrangements that seemed generous even 20 years ago.
The British people can face peril or misfortune with fortitude and buoyancy, but they bitterly resent being deceived or finding that those responsible for their affairs are themselves dwelling in a fool's paradise".
A Fool's Paradise By Nancy Flowers Wilson Flowers in Bloom Publishing, Marcli 2001, $14.00, ISBN 0-970-81910-2
A fool's paradise of sorts, which attains hallucinatory clarity in his elaboration of a falling and fallen world enchanted by the capers of the commodity fetish.
Therein lie the two primary reasons why special interests growl with an insatiable appetite for access to the rule makers, and why artificial caps limiting expenditures to influence politicians are a fool's paradise.
He said history bore a witness to the fact that till date no freedom struggle had been defeated by oppression and tyranny and those who were daydreaming of defeating this sacred movement nourished by the sacred blood of martyrs were actually living in a fool's paradise.
LAHORE/GUJRANWALA -- Senior Leader of PML-N Ghulam Dastgir Khan Wednesday said those demanding resignation from Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif live in a fool's paradise.