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Origins of Phrases and Idioms; "A Fools Paradise" Meaning

Updated on January 18, 2017

Pieter Brueghel the Elder c.1530 - 1569. Fools' Paradise. Painted 1567

here, with Lake Ontario in the background, at the end of Meadowcliffe Drive off Pine Ridge Drive south in Scarborough stands an Ontario Heritage Trust plaque

Toronto History; "A Fools Paradise"
Toronto History; "A Fools Paradise"

This is the first in a series of hubs on the Origins of Phrases, where they come from, what their meanings are, and everything related to them.

Meaning & Explanation of "A Fool's Paradise"
An idiom or phrase which means a state of happiness based on false hope. If someone is living in a fool’s paradise, they are in a state of contentment that will not last because their happiness is based on illusion or false hope. Or a state of happiness based on a non-accepting view of how bad a situation really is. Delusive contentment or false hope.

This is a very early phrase, first recorded in the Paston Letters in 1462:

"I wold not be in a folis paradyce."

Also, Shakespeare later used it in Romeo and Juliet 1592

Now, afore God, I am so vexed, that every part about
me quivers./ Scurvy knave!/ Pray you, sir, a word:/
and as I told you, my young lady bade me inquire you
out;/ what she bade me say, I will keep to myself:/
But first let me tell ye, if ye should lead her into
a fool's paradise, as they say, it were a very gross
kind of behavior, as they say: for the gentlewoman
is young; and, therefore, if you should deal double
with her, truly it were an ill thing to be offered
to any gentlewoman, and very weak dealing.

See other phrases and sayings from Shakespeare.

Fool's Paradise Movies, Music & Radio



Fool's Paradise -1997 from; Directed by Richard Zakka

Le paradis de l'imbécile (2008) aka "A Fool's Paradise" - USA (alternative title)

A Fool's Paradise (1916) aka "Like an Old Fool" - USA (reissue title)

The Strongest (1910) aka "La più forte" - Italy (original title) aka "A Fool's Paradise" - UK



Fool's Paradise examines recorded music located somewhere between low brow and no brow. Vintage rockabilly, R & B, blues, vocal groups, garage, instrumentals, hillbilly, soul and surf set the stage for a three hour sonic excursion to nowhere. Longtime devotees known as Fool's Paradise Faithfuls tune in every Saturday to give their lives a sense of meaning and order, as well as rhythm. Here's a link to A Fools Paradise with Rex playlist;


Amazon Search for "A Fool's Paradise" Music;

Fool's Paradise by Meli'Sa Morgan (MP3 Download - Jan. 22, 2008)

Fools Paradise by Monday Morning (Audio CD - Feb. 7, 2006)

Donna Lewis Fool's Paradise - 1997 UK/German pressed 3-track CD single, includes Donnapella and Jevendale's Tunnel Mix, picture sleeve AT0009CD. See pic below.

A Fools Paradise Videos

More; "A Fool's Paradise" in the News

Stop Shoulding All Over Yourself in LA

Huffington Post (blog) - 14 hours ago. Since high school, one of my favorite quotes has been Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Traveling is a fool's paradise ." And I always believed this quote to be ...

Plan trashed

Tulsa World - 5 hours ago; Further, there's a good case to be made that the trash board is using the reserve fund to create a fool's paradise for trash customers — our trash rates are ...

Crazy P, Blonde and more will perform at Fools Paradise festival 15, 2016. A mouthwatering line up of house and bass music will come to Leeds University Union when Fools ParadiseFestival returns to the city on ...

The Old Man River

Hindustan Times Sept. 19, 2016. If people think that cities are safe, they are living in a fool's paradise,” says Thakkar. “Particularly when dealing with a river like Brahmaputra that

Google Search for Books; "A Fools Paradise"

  1. A fool's paradise: an original play in three acts

    Sydney Grundy - 1898 - 57 pages
    AN ORIGINAL PLAY IN THREE ACTS SYDNEY ... - Book overview - Full view - Add to My Library▼ -
  2. A Fool's Paradise

    Dum-Dum - 2009 - 142 pages
    LIGHT SPRINGS i A SONG OF MARCH O early March was early May. Soft was the air and bland ; The sun diffused a constant ray, And everything combined to say That Spring was close at hand. Nature forsook her winter sleep ; And through the ... - Book overview - Preview - Add to My Library▼ -
  3. A fool's paradise: being a constitutionalist's criticism on the ...

    Albert Venn Dicey - 1913 - 132 pages - Book overview - Snippet view - Add to My Library▼ -
  4. A Fool's Paradise, a Novel, Volume I

    Thomas Archer - 2008 - 300 pages
    A FOOL'S PARADISE. ... - Book overview - Preview - Add to My Library▼ -
  5. A Fool's Paradise

    Robyn Williams - 2008 - 389 pages
    Perhaps Williams best work, A Fool's Paradise is a powerful transition into mainstream fiction. It is a literary treasure and a must read for any mature, sophisticated reader's collection.Equally compelling is the unexpected and vivid ... - Book overview - No preview - Add to My Library▼ -
  6. A Fool's Paradise

    Nancy Flowers Wilson - 2001 - 309 pages
    Smart and sassy Anne-Marie Saunders has three passions: her boyfriend Donovan, her education, and a desire to travel. The problem is that she can't have all three. Anne-Marie spent her entire life in Jamaica and is eager to depart from ... - Book overview - No preview - Add to My Library▼ -
  7. Fool's paradise: players, poseurs, and the culture of excess in ...

    Steven S. Gaines - 2009 - 274 pages
    A surreal portrait of the culture of excess that marks Miami's South Beach evokes the colorful behavior of the rich, famous, beautiful, and self-indulgent in a glittering, tawdry, and reckless world of one of the world's great party cities. - Book overview - Preview - Add to My Library▼ -
  8. Fool's paradise: a Carey McWilliams reader

    Carey McWilliams, Dean Stewart, Jeannine Gendar - 2001 - 263 pages
    Carey McWilliams (1905-1980) -- lawyer, activist, historian, editor of The Nation for two decades -- wrote the history of California as no one else could, or would. - Book overview - Preview - Add to My Library▼


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