a fool and his money are easily parted

a fool and his money are easily parted

Meaning

  • This meaning is as it literally states. Someone who is foolish can easily lose their money as it would be easy to dupe them out of it.

Example Sentences

  1. Woody was cheated several times in his lifetime since a fool and his money are easily parted.
  2. She gave up her entire estate on the basis of a verbal promise. A fool and his money are indeed easily parted.

Origin
It’s easy for a foolish person to lose his/her money. This proverb is supposed to reflect the wisdom of the elders and has been run down since centuries. It is used cautiously to teach the young about being wise in terms of using money. The proverb has been around since the 16th century which was academically first used in 1573 by Thomas Tussar in his famous work – Five Hundreth Pointes of Good Husbandrie.

The expression was precisely coined in the book Defence of the Government of the Church of England which was by Dr. John Bridges in the year 1587.

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My counterpart to this idiom is, “It is morally reprehensible to allow a fool and his money to remain together.” The idea being that a fool with money will do stupid things, hurting himself and/or others.

Example: The guy just wrecked his brand new Lamborghini. Well, I guess it’s morally reprehensible to allow a fool and his money to remain together.

- Arnold Caines April 1, 2022

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