Seeing John Wesley coming along the street one day, a man straddled the pavement and said to him: 'I never get out of my way for a fool.' But I always do,' replied Wesley, as he stepped aside into the gutter. A fine illustration of fulfilling the injunction, 'Answer a fool according to his folly.'
(Prov. 26. 5).
A red-hot evangelist, dressed in a morning coat and striped trousers, and wearing a topper, walked down a busy street in London one day. As he approached, people walking in the opposite direction from him read with amusement, smiles and jeers, the words he had had printed in large letters on a card fixed to the ribbon of his hat. The words were—`A fool for Christ's sake.' When he passed, they turned to have another look at the man they thought to be a religious maniac, and could not help seeing the card on the back of his topper which read, `Whose fool are you?'
(1 Cor. 4. 10).
The late W. Kelly, preacher and Bible expositor who has written many commentaries on the Scriptures, was a distinguished Hebrew and Greek scholar. His nephew took the Classics course at the University, and the Greek Professor was so impressed with the accuracy, beauty and perfection of his Greek prose that he called him and asked who helped him in his translations. The young man confessed that he had the help of his uncle, W. Kelly. 'I should like to meet your uncle,' said the Greek professor. 'That can, I think, be arranged, and I am sure it will give him pleasure to meet you,' replied the student.
So he brought his uncle along at a time convenient to his Professor, introduced him and left them together. As they conversed on the Greek language, the Professor's eyes opened wider and wider at Mr. Kelly's profound erudition and extraordinary knowledge of the Greek language and usage. Then he said, 'And may I enquire what your vocation is, Mr. Kelly?' Certainly,' replied the expositor, `I am a preacher and travel here and there all over the country ministering the Word of God to groups of Christians.' Taking a deep breath of surprise, the Professor said abruptly, 'Man, you're a fool.' Immediately came W. Kelly's reply, 'For which world, Professor?'
(Mark 8. 35, 36; 1 Cor. 4. 10).
Mrs. Ruth G. Lane of Savannah, Georgia, sent this to the editor of the Fort Mill Times, Fort Mill, South Carolina.
Two fools had cars they thought perfection;
They met one day at an intersection,
Tooted their horns and made a connection.
A police car came and made an inspection;
An ambulance came and made a collection.
All that is left is a recollection
And two less votes in the next election.
And we might add that there were two graves more in a cemetery section.
Triboulet, the fool of Francis the First, was threatened with death by a man in power, of whom he had been speaking disrespectfully; and he applied to the king for protection. "Be satisfied," said the king: "if any man should put you to death, I will order him to be hanged a quarter of an hour after." "Ah, sir!" replied Triboulet, "I should be much obliged if your majesty would order him to be hanged a quarter of an hour before!"
Dr. Gregory, professor of the practice of physic at Edinburgh, was one of the first to enrol himself in the Royal Edinburgh Volunteers, when that corps was raised. So anxious was he to make himself master of military tactics, that he not only paid the most punctual attendance on all the regimental field-days, but studied at home for several hours a day, under the serjeant-major of the regiment. On one of these occasions the serjeant, out of all temper at the awkwardness of his learned pupil, exclaimed in a rage, "Why, sir, I would rather teach ten fools than one philosopher."
James I. gave all manner of liberty and encouragement to the exercise of buffoonery, and took great delight in it himself. Happening once to bear somewhat hard on one of his Scotch courtiers, "By my saul," returns the peer, "he that made your majesty a king, spoiled the best fool in Christendom."