a fool may give a wise man counsel

a fool may give a wise man counsel

a 1350 Ywain & Gawain (EETS) 1.1477 Bot yit a fole that litel kan [knows], May wele cownsail another man.

1641 D. FERGUSSON Scottish Proverbs (STS) no. 84 A Fool may give a wyse man a counsell.

1721 J. KELLY Scottish Proverbs 25 A Fool may give a wise Man counsel by a time. An Apology of those who offer their Advice to them, who may be supposed to excel them in Parts and Sense.

1818 SCOTT Heart of Midlothian IV. viii. If a fule may gie a wise man a counsel, I wad hae him think twice or [before] he mells [meddles] wi’ Knockdunder.

1942 E. P. OPPENHEIM Man who changed Plea xvii. Aren’t we all fools..in one or two things?.. Even a fool, though, can sometimes give good advice.


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