Fools rush in where angels fear to tread

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The line For fools rush in where angels fear to tread. was first written by Alexander Pope in his poem An Essay on Criticism (1709).

It has since been used as follows:

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  • Fools rush in where angels fear to tread is used by Edmund Burke in his work Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)
  • Fools rush in where angels fear to tread is used in Abraham Lincoln's speech made at Peoria, Illinois October 16, 1854
  • "Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)", a 1940 song written by Johnny Mercer and Rube Bloom, sung by Frank Sinatra, Ricky Nelson, Bow Wow Wow and many others
  • Cary Grant as the character Dudley changes the line in the movie The Bishop's Wife to "angels rush in where fools fear to tread".
  • The line Fools rush in where angels fear to tread appears in Bob Dylan's song "Jokerman"
  • The line Fools rush in where angels fear to tread appears in the 1984 film Supergirl
  • The line Fools rush in where angels fear to tread is used in the film Afro Samurai: Resurrection (2009)
  • The line Fools rush in where angels fear to tread is used in the animated series Digimon
  • The line Fools rush in where angels fear to tread is used in the animated series Ao no Exorcist (episode 21)
  • The line Fools rush in where angels fear to tread is used by the Indian social reformer B. R. Ambedkar in Who Were the Shudras? and in many places like Constitution Assembly debates also.
  • The line is misquoted by Neil in "The Young Ones", season 2 episode entitled, "Sick".

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  • The video game Planetfall, originally packaged with a booklet titled "Today's Stellar Patrol: Boldly Going Where Angels Fear to Tread."
  • In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Captain James T. Kirk said: "I'm a great one for rushing in where angels fear to tread."
  • In the Doctor Who episode "The Satan Pit", the Doctor uses this line while commenting on human curiosity.
  • In the video game Borderlands 2, a mission toward the end of the main story is called "Where Angels Fear to Tread."
  • In the Deep Purple song "You Keep On Moving", written by David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes, released on the 1975 album Come Taste the Band.
  • In the Inkubus Sukkubus song "Vampyre Erotica," from the 1997 album of the same name.
  • In his third lecture in the UCLA lecture series "The Human Situation" from 1959, Aldous Huxley claims that "what has become abundantly clear is that man has rushed in where angels fear to tread" in his intervention into nature.[1]
  • In the Symphony X song "Legend" from the 2015 album Underworld. "Steal away through the land of the dead where angels fear to tread."

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Huxley, Aldous. "Lecture 3 – More Nature in Art", The Human Situation, UCLA, 2 March 1959. Retrieved on 4 September 2015.

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