"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately
explained by stupidity."
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity,
and I'm not sure about the former."
"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance
and consciencious stupidity."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education."
"Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change."
"The trouble with the world is that the stupid
are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."
"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."
"A stupid child is ruin to a father, and a wifes
quarreling is a continual dripping of rain."
-The Bible: Hebrew, Proverbs 19:13
"Stupid is as stupid does."
"'Stupid as a man,' say the women: 'cowardly as
a woman,' say the men. Stupidity in a woman is unwomanly."
"The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve
forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget."
"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed
of, he always declares that it is his duty."
-George Bernard Shaw
"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."
"Sure the people are stupid: the human race is
stupid. Sure Congress is an inefficient instrument of government. But
the people are not stupid enough to abandon representative government
for any other kind, including government by the guy who knows."
"There is no cure for stupid wives and willful
"A clever wife often sleeps with a stupid husband."
"Unless one pretends to be stupid and deaf, it
is difficult to be a mother-in-law or father-in-law."
"The ugly and the stupid have the best of it in
this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play. If they
know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat."
"You even called me stupid in your verse, and Im
almost agreeing, for where stupidity is involved, you are quite an expert,
"Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing,
it is always from the noblest motives."
"One always has the idea of a stupid man as perfectly
healthy and ordinary, and of illness as making one refined and clever
"The only thing that ever consoles man for the
stupid things he does is the praise he always gives himself for doing
"I had rather be an oyster than a man, the most
stupid and senseless of animals."
"It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also
-George Bernard Shaw
"We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the
stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already."
"There are only two races on this planet-the intelligent
and the stupid."
"Between a fellow who is stupid and honest and
one who is smart and crooked, I will take the first. I wont get
much out of him, but with that other guy I cant keep what Ive
-Gen Lewis B Hershey, Director, Selective Service System
"One must be a little foolish, if one does not
want to be even more stupid."
-Michel de Montaigne
"I like to think of my behavior in the sixties
as a 'learning experience.' Then again, I like to think of anything
stupid Ive done as a 'learning experience.' It makes me feel less
"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."
"You have to believe in God before you can say
there are things that man was not meant to know. I dont think
theres anything man wasnt meant to know. There are just
some stupid things that people shouldnt do."