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Published Wednesday, June 08, 2016 @ 8:18 AM EDT
Jun 08 2016

Against stupidity, the very gods themselves contend in vain.
-Friedrich von Schiller

Age does not bring wisdom. Often it merely changes simple stupidity into arrogant conceit.
-Robert A. Heinlein

Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
-Variously attributed

Brilliance is typically the act of an individual, but incredible stupidity can usually be traced to an organization.
-Jon Bentley

Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity.
-Edwin H. Land

Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.
-Frank Leahy

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.
-Elbert Hubbard

I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.
-Edith Sitwell

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.
-P.J. O'Rourke

Ignorance is not stupidity, but it might as well be.
-Lois McMaster Bujold

In nature, stupidity gets you killed. In the workplace, it gets you fired. In politics, it gets you re-elected.
-Bill VanRemmen

In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems unfair that He did not also limit his stupidity.
-Konrad Adenauer

It is an obvious and blatant stupidity beyond my ability to articulate how dumb it is for us not to teach our children how to run the government.
-Richard Dreyfuss

It seems to me certain that more people are killed out of righteous stupidity than out of wickedness.
-Karl Popper

It's too bad that stupidity isn't painful.
-Anton Szandor LaVey

Let us say that I despise stupidity. Especially when it masquerades as virtue.
-Miguel de Cervantes

My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
-Vladimir Nabokov

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. But remember, any sufficiently advanced stupidity is indistinguishable from malice.
-Variously attributed

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 you.
-M.N. Plano

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
-Robert A. Heinlein

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
-Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain't nothing can beat teamwork.
-Edward Abbey

Optimism and stupidity are nearly synonymous.
-Hyman Rickover

Public opinion reigns in society because stupidity reigns amongst the stupid.
-Nicolas Chamfort

Strange as it seems, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and higher education positively fortifies it.
-Stephen Vizinczey

Stupidity always accompanies evil. Or evil, stupidity.
-Louise Bogan

Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by legislation.
-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.
-Albert Camus

Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn't misuse it.
-Pope John Paul II

Stupidity is always a capital crime.
-Larry Niven

Stupidity is like nuclear power, it can be used for good or evil. But you still don't want to get any on you.
-Scott Adams

Stupidity is not a handicap. Park elsewhere.
-Variously attributed

Stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death, there is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity.
-Robert A. Heinlein

Stupidity often saves a man from going mad.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Stupidity's the deliberate cultivation of ignorance.
-William Gaddis

The American people are a very generous people and will forgive almost any weakness, with the possible exception of stupidity.
-Will Rogers

The probability of someone watching you is proportional to the stupidity of your action.
-A. Kindsvater

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?
-Variously attributed

The simplest form of stupidity- the mumbling, nose-picking, stolid incomprehension- can be detected by anyone. But the stupidity which disguises itself as thought, and which talks so glibly and eloquently, indeed never stops talking, in every walk of life is not so easy to identify, because it marches under a formidable name, which few dare attack. It is called Popular Opinion.
-Robertson Davies

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.
-Reinhold Neibuhr

The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.
-Harlan Ellison

The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen, and quotes about hydrogen and stupidity.
-John Alejandro King (The Covert Comic)

The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.
-Gustave Flaubert

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!
-Harlan Ellison

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 is no force more potent in the modern world than stupidity fueled by greed.
-Edward Abbey

There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
-Gene Wolfe

There is no sin except stupidity.
-Oscar Wilde

There's much more stupidity than there is malice in the world.
-William Gaddis

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
-Gustave Flaubert

To be wicked is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that you are; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil from stupidity.
-Charles Baudelaire

With stupidity and sound digestion man may front much.
-Thomas Carlyle

You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity.
-Robert A. Heinlein

Youth ages, immaturity is outgrown, ignorance can be educated, drunkenness sobered, but stupidity lasts forever.
-Aristophanes


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