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fool's paradise

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fool's paradise an illusory state of wellbeing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fool's paradise a name applied to a limbo (see under Limbo) popularly believed to be the region of vanity and nonsense. Hence, any foolish pleasure or condition of vain self-satistaction.
    • Fool's paradise See under Fool, and Limbo.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fool's paradise a state of happiness based on fictitious hopes or expectations
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Quotations

  • Thomas Fuller
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    “A fool's paradise is a wise man's hell!”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Traveling is a fool's paradise. Our first journeys discover to us the indifference of places.”

Idioms

Fool's paradise - A fool's paradise is a false sense of happiness or success.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. fol (Fr. fou), It. folle—L. follis, a wind-bag.

Usage

In literature:

They told me it was only a fool's paradise that I missed.
"The Crack of Doom" by Robert Cromie
He might have known that the end must come to such a fool's paradise before very long.
"Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates" by Howard I. Pyle
His soul sickened as he remembered in what a Fool's Paradise he was living.
"The Giant's Robe" by F. Anstey
I have lingered too long in this fool's paradise.
"Romance of Roman Villas" by Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
I was living in a Fool's Paradise.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
With regard to the morrow, they lived in a fool's paradise.
"The 'Patriotes' of '37" by Alfred D. Decelles
Then, gradually, she let me wake from my fool's paradise.
"Name and Fame" by Adeline Sergeant
For one short happy week he lived in a fool's paradise, then a change came over the spirit of his dreams.
"Daisy Brooks" by Laura Jean Libbey
And the next moment I had recognised the inanity of that fool's paradise.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Clearly for strong and resolute men and women an Eden would be but a fool's paradise.
"From Bondage to Liberty in Religion" by George T. Ashley
Happy exercise is the fool's Paradise.
"Logic, Inductive and Deductive" by William Minto
It was no fool's paradise.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
As for Stephen, living in his "Fool's Paradise, he drinks delight," nor heeds how false is all the happiness that seems to surround him.
"Portia" by Duchess
She had lived in a sort of fool's paradise, and no doubt imagined herself a far more rounded being than she was.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
A fool's Paradise, if you like, but Paradise all the same.
"Man and Maid" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
In that brief space of time she had realised that she had been inhabiting a fool's paradise.
"The Gambler" by Katherine Cecil Thurston
And now, this was the end; he had walked in a "fool's paradise" indeed.
"Our Admirable Betty" by Jeffery Farnol
I have been living in a fool's paradise.
"Making Money" by Owen Johnson
I, too, dwelt in my fool's paradise; thought the world all sunshine, the hours all golden.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
He resolved finally to leave her in a fool's paradise until he had proof from Pratt of the supposed paternity.
"The Pagan's Cup" by Fergus Hume
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In news:

Waco, Strange but True: April 1 is a fool's paradise.
Fool's Paradise by John Gierach.
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Fool 's Paradise with Rex.
Fool's Paradise examines recorded music located somewhere between low brow and no brow.
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