In a topsy-turvy world

This Italian quotation suggests that in a crazy world the only sane person is the one who plays the fool.  It reminds me of a saying by an English clown that the fool stands on his head and sees the world the right way up.  These are late echoes of a European medieval genre of art on the theme of the World Upside Down. 

Everything is folly in this world except to play the fool. 

Tutto è follia in questo mondo fuorchè il folleggiare.

Source: Giacomo Leopardi, Zibaldone (1823), ed. F. Flora (Milan: 1938), II, 820, quoted in Kaiser, p. 10

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