Smartening Up A Chump
Answer a fool according to his folly,
or he will be wise in his own eyes.
You can’t cheat an honest man;
never give a sucker an even break, or smarten up a chump.
W.C. Fields, 1939, You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man
The scriptural thing to do, however, IS to smarten up that chump.
Otherwise, in his ignorance, he will continue believing that he is wise.
Fooled By The Fool
Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
or you yourself will be just like him.
The best advice seems to be to stay away from the fool.
Do not talk to him or respond to him.
This seems contrary to Christian training,
but it is still sage advice.
Strike The Fool
A whip for the horse,
a bridle for the donkey,
and a rod for the backs of fools!
Horses need a whip.
Donkeys need a bridle.
Fools need a rod to the back.
Curses, Undeserved And Deserved
Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,
an undeserved curse does not come to rest.
Occasionally, on Coast To Coast AM radio,
someone will call who is worried about being cursed.
An undeserved curse can never land.
But what about our deserved curses?
Jesus bore our sins, and the curses they spawned.
Unfit For A Fool
Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
honor is not fitting for a fool.
Snow in summer can be refreshing,
but it is anachronistic.
Rain in harvest can be a disaster,
as well as anachronistic.
Honoring a fool is flat out foolish,
and, of course, anachronistic.