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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

proverb It is better to remain unaware or ignorant of things that may otherwise cause one stress; if you don't know about something, you don't need to worry about it. From the 1742 poem "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College," by Thomas Gray. I feel like all the news in the world today is depressing, and the only way to get on with your life is to completely ignore it all. As they say, where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise. Look, I know you get stressed about what the kids eat when they stay at your mother's house, but they're happy and have plenty of energy. When ignorance is bliss, it's folly to be wise.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Follies screens at Theatr Colwyn on November 23 at 7pm.
The grassy hilltop above the village of Killiney, half an hour south of Dublin, is dotted all over with follies: There's a blocky little building with a pointy white cement cone sticking up from it, a smaller cone-topped structure called the Witch's Hat, and a pyramid about 15 feet tall that kids can clamber up.
Most follies have stood for centuries with very little maintenance.
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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.
THE AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE WAS already well into its ruinous flight away from its one-time position at the center of American popular music by the time four of its supreme artists came together in 1971 to create the show that is now known as Follies. These four--Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Michael Bennctt and Boris Aronson--had already collaborated on Company the year before.
Of course, Follies was too grand for 1971 as well: It closed after 522 performances (not a bad run under ordinary circumstances) without recouping a penny for investors.
From English garden follies to present-day Tokyo, the virtues of smallness--convenience, humanity and manageability--add to the pleasure of daily life and also have instructive lesson for architects
Heightening the authenticity, Warchus has three Americans in his cast -- among them his wife of eight weeks, Lauren Ward, whom he met while directing her on Broadway last season as Young Sally in "Follies." (Ward also appears in a subsequent Roundhouse venture, "Pericles," directed by Noble.)
The Polish star of Rock Follies is to return to TV screens before the end of the year as Frank Butcher's new girlfriend in EastEnders.
In 1986 the undisputed Empress of Exhibition set a new standard of outrageous excess with a mutant Mohawk headdress, an avalanche of bugle heads, and not much else--she resembled a cross between a campy cockatoo and a reject from The Ziegfeld Follies. A real feather-raising sight!
These include planning Quarterly Pranks and Follies, such as reading the morning's announcements in a helium voice and sending silly, made-up holiday poems to each resident.
Citing the performers like Will Rodgers, Eddie Cantor and others who had performed at the former Ziegfeld Follies home, Eisner said he hoped the restoration shows "We are committed to and will continue that long line of successful ventures."