The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen, and quotes
about hydrogen and stupidity.
-John Alejandro King (The Covert Comic)
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
A TV program can never be worse than its viewers; for the more stupid it
is, the more stupid they are to watch it.
Above all, if what you've done is stupid, but it works, it ain't stupid.
Against stupidity, the very gods themselves contend in vain.
-Friedrich von Schiller
Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of
-J. Michael Straczynski
An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.
Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look
Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
Avaritia Facit Bardus. (Greed makes you stupid.)
-(Credo of refdesk.com)
Because of the self-confidence with which he had spoken, no one could
tell whether what he said was very clever or very stupid.
Brilliance is typically the act of an individual, but incredible
stupidity can usually be traced to an organization.
Complete masculinity and stupidity are often indistinguishable.
Conspiracy theories depend on the perpetrators being endlessly clever. I
think you'll find the facts also work if you assume everyone is
-Brian E. Moore
Contrary to what people may say, there's no upper limit to stupidity.
Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity.
-Edwin H. Land
Darwin's Blade: All other things being equal, the simplest solution is
usually stupidity. (corollary to Occam's Razor)
Doing something stupid once is just plain stupid. Doing something stupid
twice is a philosophy.
Early risers are conceited in the morning and stupid in the afternoon.
-Rose Henniker Heaton
Earnestness is just stupidity sent to college.
Education makes us more stupid than the brutes. A thousand voices call
to us on every hand, but our ears are stopped with wisdom.
Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.
Freedom means the right to be stupid.
From stupidity there is always something to be learned, but it's always
the same thing: don't be stupid.
-Robert M. Adams
Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
Good generally conquers evil. Unless, of course, good is stupid.
Human beings can always be relied upon to assert, with vigor, their
God-given right to be stupid.
I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.
I believe in equality. Equality for everybody. No matter how stupid they
are or how superior I am to them.
I don't care what people think. People are stupid.
I don't imagine you will dispute the fact that at present the stupid
people are in an absolutely overwhelming majority all the world over.
I don't think for a moment that Americans are inherently more stupid or
brain-dead than anyone else. It's just that they are routinely provided
with conditions that spare them the need to think, so they have got out
of the habit.
I have never come across anyone in whom the moral sense was dominant who
was not heartless, cruel, vindictive, log-stupid, and entirely lacking
in the smallest sense of humanity. Moral people, as they are termed, are
I know your little fourth grade teacher said there are no stupid
questions. She was wrong. This is the Internet.
I like to think of my behavior in the Sixties as a "learning
experience." Then again, I like to think of anything stupid I've done as
a "learning experience." It makes me feel less stupid.
I made a pact with myself a long time ago: Never watch anything stupider
than you. It's helped me a lot.
I require three things in a man. He must be handsome, ruthless, and
I think the problem with people like this (Sarah Palin) is that they are
so stupid, that they have no idea how stupid they are.
I think we can agree racial prejudice is stupid. Because if you spend
time with someone from another race and really get to know them, you can
find other reasons to hate them.
I'll take crazy over stupid any day.
I'm not implying you are stupid. I observed your behavior, formulated a
hypothesis, then tested and confirmed that hypothesis by listening to
you. You are stupid. (Internet post)
If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more
stupid, triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
If honesty really is the best policy then why don't people appreciate it
when I tell them how stupid they are?
If it's stupid, but it works, it's not stupid.
If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?
If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test
people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed
and love of power.
If wicked actions are atoned for only in the next world, stupid ones are
only atoned for in this.
If you do something and people think you're stupid, just go for crazy.
You get more respect that way because nobody likes stupid people.
In a democracy, the votes of the vicious and stupid count. On the other
hand, in any other system, they might be running the show. (from The
In fact, when you get right down to it, almost every explanation Man
came up with for anything until about 1926 was stupid.
In nature, stupidity gets you killed. In the workplace, it gets you
fired. In politics, it gets you re-elected.
In science, it doesn't matter if you're wrong, as long as you're not
stupid. In business, it doesn't matter if you're stupid, so long as
you're not wrong.
In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems
unfair that he did not also limit his stupidity.
It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.
-George Bernard Shaw
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be
stupid with them.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is so pleasant to come across people more stupid than ourselves. We
love them at once for being so.
-Jerome K. Jerome
It so happens that everything that is stupid is not unconstitutional.
It's a sad and stupid thing to have to proclaim yourself a revolutionary
just to be a decent man.
It's too bad that stupidity isn't painful.
-Anton Szandor LaVey
Let us say that I despise stupidity. Especially when it masquerades as
-Miguel de Cervantes
Life is tough. It's even tougher if you're stupid.
Like most intellectuals, he is immensely stupid.
-Marquise de Merteuil
Many learned persons have read themselves stupid.
McLuhanism and the media have broken the back of the book business;
they've freed people from the shame of not reading. They've rationalized
becoming stupid and watching television.
Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education.
Money tends to make you stupid.
-H. Ross Perot
Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by
stupidity. But remember, any sufficiently advanced stupidity is
indistinguishable from malice.
Never attribute to malice what can be explained by incompetence. Think
about it. People aren't out to get you, they're just stupid.
Never attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity. Don't
assign to stupidity what might be due to ignorance. And try not to
assume your opponent is the ignorant one- until you can show it isn't
Never underestimate the power of a lot of stupid people working in the
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
-Robert A. Heinlein
Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
Nothing could be more stupid than for the communications commission to
give to people who handle the means of broadcasting the inventing of
what to broadcast, and then, disturbed at the poor quality, to worry
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and
-Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really
are is that you very often succeed.
Obedience to public authority ought not to be based either on ignorance
On some deeper level, science fiction writers truly are cultural allies
of scientists. We have a whole lot of the same enemies, and anyone who
wants to hurt them, wants to hurt us. Also, we both get all depressed
when we see stupid people being happy.
Once the XFL was canceled for not being stupid enough, it was clear that
America's internal enemies had already triumphed.
One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel
certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding
are filled with doubt and indecision.
Only in Britain could it be thought a defect to be "too clever by half."
The probability is that too many people are too stupid by three-quarters.
Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid moments when he was merely
Other things being equal, it is better to be smart than to be stupid.
Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more
likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take
advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than
nature made them.
Politics is about compromises... really stupid compromises.
Posterity! Why should people be less stupid tomorrow than they are today?
Readiness to answer all questions is the infallible sign of stupidity.
Should any political party attempt to abolish social security,
unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you
would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a
tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things...
a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or
business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
Simple, clear purpose and principles give rise to complex and
intelligent behavior. Complex rules and regulations give rise to simple
and stupid behavior.
Society is much like the ostrich with its head in the sand. It will not
look at facts and face the responsibility of its own stupidity.
Some fellows get credit for being conservative when they are only stupid.
-Frank McKinney (Kin) Hubbard
Some people think having large breasts makes a woman stupid. Actually,
it's quite the opposite: a woman having large breasts makes men stupid.
Strange as it seems, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and
higher education positively fortifies it.
Stupid people shouldn't breed.
Stupid people surround themselves with smart people. Smart people
surround themselves with smart people who disagree with them.
Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by
-Robert A. Heinlein
Stupidity has a knack of getting its way; as we should see if we were
not always so much wrapped up in ourselves.
Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn't misuse it.
-Pope John Paul II
Stupidity is like nuclear power, it can be used for good or evil. But
you still don't want to get any on you.
Stupidity is not a handicap. Park elsewhere. (sign)
Stupidity is replicating itself at an enormous rate. The person who
stands up and says, "This is stupid," either is asked to "behave" or,
worse, is greeted with a cheerful, "Yes, we know! Isn't it terrific!"
Stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death,
there is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and
-Robert A. Heinlein
Stupidity often saves a man from going mad.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Stupidity, thy name is the Texas House of Representatives.
Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it
does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders.
The American people are a very generous people and will forgive almost
any weakness, with the possible exception of stupidity.
The better the actor the more stupid he is.
The genius of you Americans is that you never make clear-cut stupid
moves, only complicated stupid moves which make us wonder at the
possibility that there may be something to them we are missing.
-Gamel Abdel Nasser
The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to
do something stupid.
The hard part about being a bartender is figuring out who is drunk and
who is just stupid.
The initial objective of problem solving is not to solve the problem but
to keep from doing something stupid.
The probability of someone watching you is proportional to the stupidity
of your action.
The problem with America is stupidity. I'm not saying there should be a
capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the safety
labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?
The problem with the world is there are too many stupid people and
nobody to eat 'em.
The real question of government versus private enterprise is argued on
too philosophical and abstract a basis. Theoretically, planning may be
good. But nobody has ever figured out the cause of government stupidity
and until they do (and find the cure) all ideal plans will fall into
-Richard P. Feynman
The stupid have an answer for every question.
The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the
wise forgive but do not forget.
The stupidity of the average man will permit the oligarch, whether
economic or political, to hide his real purposes from the scrutiny of
his fellows and to withdraw his activities from effective control.
The supreme crime of the church today is that everywhere and in all its
operations and influences it is on the side of sloth of mind; that it
banishes brains, it sanctifies stupidity, it canonizes incompetence.
The system isn't stupid, but the people in it are.
The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.
The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead
of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit
their views... which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one
of the facts that needs altering. (From the TV series Dr. Who.)
The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of
stupidity attained by the bourgeois.
The will to be stupid is a very powerful force, but there are always
-Lois McMaster Bujold
The world is just filling up with more and more idiots! And the computer
is giving them access to the world! They're spreading their stupidity!
At least they were contained before- now they're on the loose everywhere!
There are no stupid questions, but there a lot of inquisitive idiots.
-Larry Kersten, PhD
There are only two ways by which to rise in this world, either by one's
own industry or by the stupidity of others.
-Jean de la Bruyere
There are some frauds so well conducted that it would be stupidity not
to be deceived by them.
-Charles Caleb Colton
There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a
longer shelf life.
There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
There is no nonsense so gross that society will not, at some time, make
a doctrine of it and defend it with every weapon of communal stupidity.
There is no sin except stupidity.
There is nothing more horrifying than stupidity in action.
-Adlai E. Stevenson II
To be clever enough to get all that money, one must be stupid enough to
To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for
happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be
-Voltaire (François Marie Arouet)
We're called rebels because we're easily manipulated into doing stupid
When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always
declares that it is his duty.
-George Bernard Shaw
When you argue stupid, you campaign stupid. When you campaign stupid,
you win stupid. And when you win stupid, you govern stupid.
Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing it is always from the
With stupidity and sound digestion man may front much.
You are smarter than the government, so when the government pays you to
do something you wouldn't do on your own, it is almost always paying you
to do something stupid.
You can be sincere and still be stupid.
You can't fix stupid.
You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from
-Robert A. Heinlein
You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they
can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination.
-Charles de Gaulle
Youth ages, immaturity is outgrown, ignorance can be educated,
drunkenness sobered, but stupidity lasts forever.
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