fools ask questions that wise men cannot answer
1666 G. TORRIANO Italian Proverbs 249 One fool may ask more than seven wise men can answer.
1738 SWIFT Polite Conversation ii. 156 ‘Miss, can you tell which is the white Goose?’.. ‘They say, a Fool will ask more Questions than the wisest body can answer.’
1821 SCOTT Pirate II. v. Bryce Snaelsfoot is a cautious man... He knows a fool may ask more questions than a wise man cares to answer.
1871 J. S. JONES Life of J. S. Batkins liv. Bean appeared always to be fond of Amanda... I asked him one day... He looked at me, and said, ‘Batkins, fools ask questions that wise men cannot answer.’
1973 Amarillo Globe-Times 27 Mar. 20/1 We are well acquainted with the old adage that fools can ask questions which wise men cannot answer. Yet we would pose the question simply—‘Why?’ Why do young Americans use heroin?
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question — see ask a silly question and you get a silly answer ask no questions and hear no lies a civil question deserves a civil answer fools ask questions that wise men cannot answer there are two sides to every question … Proverbs new dictionary
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