Folly

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Rarely do we arrive at the summit of truth without running into extremes; we have frequently to exhaust the part of error, and even of folly, before we work our way up to the noble goal of tranquil wisdom. — Friedrich Schiller, Philosophical Letters, Preface

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Introduction1

Reference

Dictionary

folly : lack of good sense or normal prudence and foresight — Webster

Free Dictionary, Wiktionary, OneLook

Thesaurus

Roget’s II (Thesaurus.com), Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, Visuwords

Encyclopedia

Folly is a synonym of foolishness or the lack of wisdom. — Wikipedia

Encyclopædia Britannica

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Preservation

History

Folly is a building constructed primarily for decoration, but suggesting through its appearance some other purpose, or of such extravagant appearance that it transcends the range of usual garden buildings. Eighteenth-century English landscape gardening and French landscape gardening often featured mock Roman temples, symbolising classical virtues. Other 18th-century garden follies represented Chinese temples, Egyptian pyramids, ruined medieval castles or abbeys, or Tatar tents, to represent different continents or historical eras. Sometimes they represented rustic villages, mills, and cottages to symbolise rural virtues.[1] Many follies, particularly during times of famine, such as the Great Famine in Ireland, were built as a form of poor relief, to provide employment for peasants and unemployed artisans. — Wikipedia

Quotation

Quotations Page, Wikiquote

Museum

Museum of Folly

Library

WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library

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Participation

Education

MERLOT

Course

OER Commons: Open Educational Resources

Community

News

NPR Archives

Book

ISBNdb

Government

Document

USA.gov

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Expression

Arts

Poem

Sir Christopher Phelps, fat and jolly,
Owned a mansion worth oodles of lolly;
Built a tower in the grounds
For no purpose. It sounds
As if this were Sir Christopher’s folly. — Celia Warren

OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

Music

Song Lyrics

returntotop

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Related

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Knowledge Form

Inspiration

Adventure Exploration, Trail, Quest
Imagination Fiction, Whimsy, Wish, Dream, Folly, Hope
Wonder Curiosity, Mystery, Truth, Beauty

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Notes

1.   The resources on this page are are organized by a classification scheme developed exclusively for Cosma.