Fool's Bolt

A fool's bolt is soon shot (Henry V., iii. 7). Simpletons cannot wait for the fit and proper time, but waste their resources in random endeavours; a fool and his money are soon parted. The allusion is to the British bowmen in battle; the good soldier shot with a purpose, but the foolish soldier at random. (See Prov. xxix. 11.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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