fools for luck

The construction is apparent from quot. 1834. fortune favours fools expresses the same idea. Quot. 1981 appears to be a garbled version of this saying. Cf. 1631 JONSON Bartholomew Fair II. ii. Bring him a sixe penny bottle of Ale; they say, a fooles handsell [gift] is lucky.

1834 Narrative of Life of David Crockett xiii. The old saying—‘A fool for luck, and a poor man for children.’

1854 J. B. JONES Life of Country Merchant xix. They attribute your good fortune to the old hackneyed adage, ‘A fool for luck’.

1907 D. H. LAWRENCE Phoenix II (1968) 6 ‘You’ll make our fortunes.’ ‘What!’ he exclaimed, ‘by making a fool of myself? They say fools for luck. What fools wise folks must be.’

1981 T. BARLING Bikini Red North xi. All fools are lucky; isn’t that the adage?


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