fools rush in where angels fear to tread

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Etymology[edit]

From Essay on Criticism (1711) by Alexander Pope.

Proverb[edit]

fools rush in where angels fear to tread

  1. A person who does not plan ahead and think matters through becomes involved in risky or unfavorable situations which prudent people avoid.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often abbreviated as fools rush in.

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References[edit]

  • Gregory Y. Titelman, Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings, 1996, ISBN 0-679-44554-4, p. 104.