Time to take out the balloons, paint, toothpaste or whatever it is you’re planning to use to pull off a memorable April Fools’ Day prank on some unfortunate, unsuspecting victim. Friday is when the world over will walk the streets with caution, hoping to dodge pranks and potential embarrassment. 

Whether you’re the one being pranked or the one pulling the prank — or both — here are some quotes, funny messages and inspirational words to help you through the day. Some of them even offer some life lessons.

Remember: Walk carefully, read news skeptically and start plotting!

1. “Controversy equalizes fools and wise men ... and the fools know it.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

2. “Take all the fools out of this world and there wouldn’t be any fun living in it, or profit.” — Josh Billings



3. “Mix a little foolishness with your prudence: It’s good to be silly at the right moment.” — Horace

4. “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” — Famous proverb

5. “I have great faith in fools — self-confidence, my friends call it.” — Edgar Allan Poe

6. “It is better to weep with wise men than to laugh with fools.” — Spanish proverb

7. “Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever.” — Charles Lamb

8. “The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.” — Winston Churchill

9. “Wise men learn by other men’s mistakes, fools by their own.” — H.G. Bohn



10. “The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded.” — George Orwell

11. “We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.” — Japanese proverb

12. “I hope life isn’t a big joke, because I don’t get it.” — Jack Handey

13. “A man always blames the woman who fools him. In the same way he blames the door he walks into in the dark.” — H.L. Mencken

14. “A sense of humor is the ability to understand a joke — and that the joke is oneself.” — Clifton Fadiman

15. “It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.” — Max Eastman