Stupidity Quotes


Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

Honestly, if you were any slower, you’d be going backward.

Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.

The Bacchae

Euripides

The Bacchae

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

I'll take crazy over stupid any day.

In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.

The Peter Principle

Laurence J. Peter

The Peter Principle

If complete and utter chaos was lightning, then he'd be the sort to stand on a hilltop in a thunderstorm wearing wet copper armour and shouting 'All gods are bastards!

The Color of Magic

Terry Pratchett

The Color of Magic
Gods    Humour    Religion    Stupidity

Stupidity isn't punishable by death. If it was, there would be a hell of a population drop.

The Laughing Corpse

Laurell K. Hamilton

The Laughing Corpse

Evil isn’t the real threat to the world. Stupid is just as destructive as Evil, maybe more so, and it’s a hell of a lot more common. What we really need is a crusade against Stupid. That might actually make a difference.

Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.

He had just about enough intelligence to open his mouth when he wanted to eat, but certainly no more.

Stupidity is the same as evil if you judge by the results.

Surfacing

Margaret Atwood

Surfacing

A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.

You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity.

The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity.

Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids.

East of Eden

John Steinbeck

East of Eden

Talk, talk, talk: the utter and heartbreaking stupidity of words.

Mosquitoes

William Faulkner

Mosquitoes
Fool    Silence    Stupidity    Talking    Words

We keep on being told that religion, whatever its imperfections, at least instills morality. On every side, there is conclusive evidence that the contrary is the case and that faith causes people to be more mean, more selfish, and perhaps above all, more stupid.


What is it you most dislike?
Stupidity, especially in its nastiest forms of racism and superstition.

The more stupid one is, the closer one is to reality. The more stupid one is, the clearer one is. Stupidity is brief and artless, while intelligence squirms and hides itself. Intelligence is unprincipled, but stupidity is honest and straightforward.

Irony is wasted on the stupid

There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.

When a great genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign; that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."
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Thoughts on Various Subjects
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Beauty fades, dumb is forever.

Far be it from me to ever let my common sense get in the way of my stupidity. I say we press on.

I've learned one thing, and that's to quit worrying about stupid things. You have four years to be irresponsible here, relax. Work is for people with jobs. You'll never remember class time, but you'll remember the time you wasted hanging out with your friends. So stay out late. Go out with your friends on a Tuesday when you have a paper due on Wednesday. Spend money you don't have. Drink 'til sunrise. The work never ends, but college does...

[In the Universe it may be that] Primitive life is very common and intelligent life is fairly rare. Some would say it has yet to occur on Earth.

To be stupid, and selfish, and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness - though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless.

Stupidity—The top of the list for Satanic Sins. The Cardinal Sin of Satanism. It’s too bad that stupidity isn’t painful. Ignorance is one thing, but our society thrives increasingly on stupidity. It depends on people going along with whatever they are told. The media promotes a cultivated stupidity as a posture that is not only acceptable but laudable. Satanists must learn to see through the tricks and cannot afford to be stupid.

If it is stupid but it works, it isn't stupid.
(a Shin'a'in saying)

Owlknight

Mercedes Lackey

Owlknight

If your brains were dynamite there wouldn't be enough to blow your hat off.

Timequake

Kurt Vonnegut

Timequake

Anger is stupid, and stupidity will kill you more surely than your opponent's blade.

Dragon Bones

Patricia Briggs

Dragon Bones
Anger    Fencing    Stupid    Stupidity

I would prefer an intelligent hell to a stupid paradise.

All the other children at my school are stupid. Except I'm not meant to call them stupid, even though this is what they are.

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Longbottom, if brains were gold, you'd be poorer than Weasley, and that's saying something.

Chapterhouse: Dune

J.K. Rowling

Chapterhouse: Dune

Freedom of speech does not protect you from the consequences of saying stupid shit.
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Blog post, March 12, 2012
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That was horrible. Horrible. That poor little guy."
Pex was unrepentant. "Yeah, well, he asked for it. Calling us ... all those things."
But---buried alive! That's like in that horror movie. Y'know -- the one with all the horror."
I think I saw that one. With all the words going up on the screen at the end?"
Yeah, that was it. Tell you the truth, those words kinda ruined it for me.

One of the major difficulties Trillian experienced in her relationship with Zaphod was learning to distinguish between him pretending to be stupid just to get people off their guard, pretending to be stupid because he couldn't be bothered to think and wanted someone else to do it for him, pretending to be outrageously stupid to hide the fact that he actually didn’t understand what was going on, and really being genuinely stupid. He was renowned for being amazingly clever and quite clearly was so—but not all the time, which obviously worried him, hence, the act. He preferred people to be puzzled rather than contemptuous.

I've always believed that a person is smart. It's people that are stupid.

Everyone has a sense of humor. If you don't laugh at jokes, you probably laugh at opinions.

The only victories which leave no regret are those which are gained over ignorance.

I ain't grouchy, Teft snapped. I just have a low threshold for stupidity.

I doubt you can understand the magnitude of the stupidity in your statement

The Gathering Storm

Robert Jordan

The Gathering Storm

Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love truth.

Humanity is OK, but 99% of people are boring idiots.

You see I kept asking myself then: why am I so stupid that if others are stupid—and I know they are—yet I won't be wiser?

Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Crime and Punishment

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