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A foolish man tells a woman to stop talking, but a wise man tells her that her mouth is extremely beautiful Wise man know where courage ends and stupidity begin. I like the funny things and quotes that are shared here on the website.

Stupidity is something we all have in common. You may recognize yourself in these proverbs and quotes about stupidity.

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'Stupid as a man,' say the women: 'cowardly as a woman,' say the men. Stupidity in a woman is unwomanly.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

'What's rather dubious?' inquired Mr. Ben Allen, at the same time sharpening his intellect with a draught of beer. 'What's dubious?'

Charles Dickens
The Pickwick Papers

... it wasn't hard to play stupid when you are stupid.

Jonas Jonasson
Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

A brainiac notices everything, an ignoramus comments about everything.

Heinrich Heine

A cigarette is a pipe with a fire at one end and a fool at the other.

(unknown author)

A clever wife often sleeps with a stupid husband.

Chinese proverb

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.

Douglas Adams

A fool and his money are soon parted.

A foolish person usually spends money without thinking.

A fool at forty is a fool forever.

If a person hasn't matured by the age of 40, they never will.

A fool's mind is at the mercy of his tongue and a wise man's tongue is under the control of his mind.


A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man likes his wife to be just clever enough to appreciate his cleverness, and just stupid enough to admire it.

Israel Zangwil

A stupid friend is a greater plague than a wise enemy.

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

Bertrand Russell

A wise man remembers his friends at all times; a fool, only when he has need of them.


A word to the wise ain't necessary, it is the stupid ones who need all the advice.

Bill Cosby

Actually, it takes only very few brain cells to be stupid.


Against stupidity God Himself is helpless.

Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.

Friedrich von Schiller

Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.

John Stuart Mill

An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.

Eric Hoffer

An intelligent enemy is better than a stupid friend.

An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.

Victor Hugo

Any fool can get into a fight, but a wise man knows how to stay out of them.

Ken Follett
The Pillars of the Earth

Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.

Hedy Lamarr

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May 5, 2018 There are inspiring and smart quotes that famous people make and then there are the utterly stupid ones. If not their art, these are the quotes.

17 Quotes About Stupidity

wise quotes about stupidity

Sayings about Stupidity

Silence is the best answer to the stupid. ~ Egyptian Proverb

Against stupidity; God Himself is helpless. ~ Jewish Proverb

Silence is the best answer to the stupid. The fool has his answer on the tip of his tongue. ~ Arabian Proverb

The stupid fear fortune, the wise endure it. ~ Latin Proverbs

Cruelty is stupidity. ~ Turkish Proverb

Giving advice to a stupid man is like giving salt to a squirrel. ~ Kashmiri Proverb

Stupidity begins with honesty. ~ Japanese Proverb

The most stupid chicken always challenges the wildcat. ~ Bantu Proverb

Wisdom is born; stupidity is learned. ~ Russian Proverb

Stupidity won’t kill you, but it can make you sweat. ~ English Proverb

Better a stupid wife than a mess at home. ~ Togolese Proverb

If a rich man ate a snake, they would say it was because of his wisdom; if a poor man ate it, they would say it was because of his stupidity. ~ Saudi Arabian Proverb

One stupid woman recognizes another one from a distance. ~ Russian Proverb

A stupid act entails doing the work twice over. ~ Burmese Proverbs

When the Spaniard sings he is either stupid or without money. ~ Spanish Proverbs

Stupidity is a force unto itself. ~ Latin Proverb

An intelligent enemy is better than a stupid friend. ~ Senegalese Proverb

Too clever is stupid. ~ German Proverbs

You are learning all your life and you die stupid. ~ Lithuanian Proverbs

A stupid friend is a greater plague than a wise enemy. ~ Turkish Proverbs

Seek the brave in prison and the stupid among the clergy. ~ Russian Proverbs

To give jewels to a donkey is as stupid as giving a eunuch to a woman. ~ Indian Proverbs

Stupid solutions that succeed are still stupid solutions. ~ Yiddish Proverbs

Stupid people always think they are right. Wise people listen to advice. ~ Bible

Two times good — one time stupid. ~ French Proverb

Quotations about Stupidity

Man is the inventor of stupidity. ~ Remy De Gourmont

We never really know what stupidity is until we have experimented on ourselves. ~ Paul Gauguin

The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

It is much easier for good to deal with evil than it is for good to deal with stupidity. ~ Author Unknown

Things fall apart and happen out of stupidity and carelessness. ~ John Sandford

The question now is: Can we understand our stupidity? This is a test of intellect, not of character.~ John King Fairbank

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.~ Elbert Hubbard

If Stupidity got us into this mess, then why can’t it get us out? ~ Will Rogers

Strange as it may seem, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and formal education positively fortifies it. ~ Stephen Vizinczey

The two most abundant things in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity. ~ Harlan Ellison

Stupidity is the friend of evil. ~ Author Unknown

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. ~ Albert Einstein

Stupidity is an elemental force for which no earthquake is a match. ~ Karl Kraus

Stupidity gets up early; that is why events are accustomed to happening in the morning. ~ Karl Kraus

It costs to be stupid. The stupider you are, the more it costs.~ Sherrill Brown

The only thing that ever consoles man for the stupid things he does is the praise he always gives himself for doing them. ~ Oscar Wilde

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former. ~ Albert Einstein

Stupidity is without anxiety. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

If poverty is the mother of crime, stupidity is its father. ~ Jean De La Bruyere

Our greatest stupidities may be very wise. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein

Stupidity often saves a man from going mad.~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Stupidity combined with arrogance and a huge ego will get you a long way. ~ Chris Lowe

To be clever enough to get all the money, one must be stupid enough to want it. ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

It is so pleasant to come across people more stupid than ourselves. We love them at once for being so. ~ Jerome K. Jerome

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid. ~ Benjamin Franklin

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Stupidity Quotes (39 quotes)

[On President Bush's plan to get to Mars in 10 years] Stupid. Robots would do a better job and be much cheaper because you don't have to bring them back.

— Stephen W. Hawking

Interview with Deborah Solomon, 'The Science of Second-Guessing', in New York Times Magazine (12 Dec 2004), 37.

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A short, broad man of tremendous vitality, the physical type of Hereward, the last of the English, and his brother-in-arms, Winter, Sylvester’s capacious head was ever lost in the highest cloud-lands of pure mathematics. Often in the dead of night he would get his favorite pupil, that he might communicate the very last product of his creative thought. Everything he saw suggested to him something new in the higher algebra. This transmutation of everything into new mathematics was a revelation to those who knew him intimately. They began to do it themselves. His ease and fertility of invention proved a constant encouragement, while his contempt for provincial stupidities, such as the American hieroglyphics for π and e, which have even found their way into Webster’s Dictionary, made each young worker apply to himself the strictest tests.

— George B. Halsted

In Florian Cajori, Teaching and History of Mathematics in the United States (1890), 265.

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A week or so after I learned that I was to receive the Miller Award, our president, Marty Morton, phoned and asked me if I would utter a few words of scientific wisdom as a part of the ceremony. Unfortunately for me, and perhaps for you, I agreed to do so. In retrospect I fear that my response was a serious error, because I do not feel wise. I do not know whether to attribute my response to foolhardiness, to conceit, to an inordinate susceptibility to flattery, to stupidity, or to some combination of these unfortunate attributes all of which I have been told are recognizable in my personality. Personally, I tend to favor stupidity, because that is a condition over which I have little control.

— George A. Bartholomew

Bartholomew, April 1993, unpublished remarks when receiving the Miller Award from the Cooper Ornithological Society.

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A wonder then it must needs be,—that there should be any Man found so stupid and forsaken of reason as to persuade himself, that this most beautiful and adorned world was or could be produced by the fortuitous concourse of atoms.

— John Ray

The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of the Creation (1691), 21-2.

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Are you aware that humanity is just a blip? Not even a blip. Just a fraction of a fraction of what the universe has been and will become? Talk about perspective. I figure I can’t feel so entirely stupid about saying what I said because, first of all, it’s true. And second of all, there will be no remnant of me or my stupidity. No fossil or geographical shift that can document, really, even the most important historical human beings, let alone my paltry admissions.

— Meg Mullins


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Every creative act is a sudden cessation of stupidity.

— Edwin Herbert Land

Quoted in Alix Kerr, 'What It Took: Intuition, Goo,' Life (25 Jan 1963), 54, No. 4, 86.

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Every little girl needed a doll through which to project herself into her dream of her future. If she was going to do role playing of what she would be like when she was 16 or 17, it was a little stupid to play with a doll that had a flat chest. So I gave it beautiful breasts.

— Ruth Handler

Interview (1977), as quoted in Kenneth C. Davis, Don't Know Much About History (2009), 435.

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Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do, but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it.
Scribbled by Einstein on a letter received during a visit to England (1933) from a man who suggested that gravity meant that as the world rotated people were sometimes upside down, horizontal, or at 'left angles' and that perhaps, this disorientation explained why people do foolish things like falling in love.

— Albert Einstein

In Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffmann (editors.), Einstein: The Human Side (1981), 56.

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Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.

— Elbert (Green) Hubbard

Philistine: A Periodical of Protest (Sep 1906), 23, No. 4, 97.

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Humor is a conformity enforcer clothed in the garb of congeniality. It focuses on others’ weaknesses, disasters, stupidities, and abnormalities.

— Howard Bloom

In 'The Conformity Police', Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind from the Big Bang to the 21st Century (2000), 87.

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I have a sense of humor; but over the years that sense has developed one blind spot. I can no longer laugh at ignorance or stupidity. Those are our chief enemies, and it is dangerous to make fun of them.

— Charles Richter

Draft (22 May 1970) of speech he hoped to give upon his retirement. In Susan Hough, Richter's Scale: Measure of an Earthquake, Measure of a Man (2007), 309.

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I wish, my dear Kepler, that we could have a good laugh together at the extraordinary stupidity of the mob. What do you think of the foremost philosophers of this University? In spite of my oft-repeated efforts and invitations, they have refused, with the obstinacy of a glutted adder, to look at the planets or the Moon or my glass [telescope].

— Galileo Galilei

Opere ed Nas. X, 423. As cited in Alan Mackay, A Dictionary of Scientific Quotations (1991), 99. Galileo wished others to use his telescope to see for themselves the moons of Jupiter which he had himself first seen in Jan 1610. If you have a primary source for this letter giving the date it was written, please contact Webmaster.

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If Louis Pasteur were to come out of his grave because he heard that the cure for cancer still had not been found, NIH would tell him, “Of course we'll give you assistance. Now write up exactly what you will be doing during the three years of your grant.” Pasteur would say, “Thank you very much,” and would go back to his grave. Why? Because research means going into the unknown. If you know what you are going to do in science, then you are stupid! This is like telling Michelangelo or Renoir that he must tell you in advance how many reds and how many blues he will buy, and exactly how he will put those colors together.

— Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Interview for Saturday Evening Post (Jan/Feb 1981), 30.

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In crowds it is stupidity and not mother-wit that is accumulated.

— Gustave Le Bon

From original French: “Dans les foules, c’est la bêtise et non l’esprit, qui s’accumule,” in Psychologie des Foules (1895), 17. English text in The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind (1897), Book 1, Chap. 1, 9. [Note: The original French “esprit” (spirit or mind) could also be translated as “intelligence” or “sense” instead of “mother-wit.” —Webmaster]

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In fact, we will have to give up taking things for granted, even the apparently simple things. We have to learn to understand nature and not merely to observe it and endure what it imposes on us. Stupidity, from being an amiable individual defect, has become a social crime.

— John Desmond Bernal

The Origin of Life (1967), 163.

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It is so hard for an evolutionary biologist to write about extinction caused by human stupidity ... Let me then float an unconventional plea, the inverse of the usual argument ... The extinction of Partula is unfair to Partula. That is the conventional argument, and I do not challenge its primacy. But we need a humanistic ecology as well, both for the practical reason that people will always touch people more than snails do or can, and for the moral reason that humans are legitimately the measure of all ethical questions–for these are our issues, not nature’s.

— Stephen Jay Gould


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It’s not getting any smarter out there. You have to come to terms with stupidity, and make it work for you.

— Frank Zappa

In Marc J. Madou, Fundamentals of Microfabrication: the Science of Miniaturization (2nd ed., 2002), 259.

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Man has made use of his intelligence; he invented stupidity.

— Rémy de Gourmont

In Lily Splane, Quantum Consciousness (2004), 309

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Modern war, even from the consideration of physical welfare, is not creative. Soldiers and civilians alike are supposed to put on mental khaki. … War means the death of that fertile war which consists of the free, restless conflict of ideas. The war which matters is that of the scientist with nature; of the farmer with the tawny desert; of … philosopher against … mob stupidity. Such war is creative. … Inventions that further life and joy; freedom; new knowledge, whether Luther Burbank’s about the breeding of fruits or Einstein's about relativity; great cathedrals and Beethoven's music: these modern mechanical war can destroy but never produce. At its most inventive height, war creates the Maxim gun, the submarine, disseminable germs of disease, life-blasting gases. Spiritually and intellectually, modern war is not creative.

— E. Merrill Root

From ‘The Stagnation of War’, in Allen D. Hole (ed.) The Messenger of Peace (Nov 1924), 49, No. 11, 162-163.

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Nature is objective, and nature is knowable, but we can only view her through a glass darkly–and many clouds upon our vision are of our own making: social and cultural biases, psychological preferences, and mental limitations (in universal modes of thought, not just individualized stupidity).

— Stephen Jay Gould


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Only two things are certain: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not certain about the universe.

— Albert Einstein


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Perhaps it is better in this present world of ours that a revolutionary idea or invention instead of being helped and patted be hampered and ill-treated in its adolescence—by want of means, by selfish interest, pedantry, stupidity and ignorance; that it be attacked and stifled; that it pass through bitter trials and tribulations, through the heartless strife of commercial existence. ... So all that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combatted, suppressed—only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle.

— Nikola Tesla

'The Transmission of Electrical Energy Without Wires As a Means for Furthering Peace', Electrical World and Engineer (7 Jan 1905), 24. Reproduced in John T. Ratzlaff, editor, Tesla Said (1984), 86. Also reprinted in Nikola Tesla, Miscellaneous Writings (2007), 58.

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Relations between authors and referees are, of course, almost always strained. Authors are convinced that the malicious stupidity of the referee is alone preventing them from laying their discoveries before an admiring world. Referees are convinced that authors are too arrogant and obtuse to recognize blatant fallacies in their own reasoning, even when these have been called to their attention with crystalline lucidity. All physicists know this, because all physicists are both authors and referees, but it does no good. The ability of one person to hold both views is an example of what Bohr called complementarity.

— N. David Mermin

In Boojums All the Way Through: Communicating Science in a Prosaic Age (1990), 19-20.

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Science stands, a too competant servant, behind her wrangling underbred masters, holding out resources, devices, and remedies they are too stupid to use. … And on its material side, a modern Utopia must needs present these gifts as taken.

— Herbert George (H.G.) Wells

A Modern Utopia (1904, 2006), 49.

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Since we proposed punctuated equilibria to explain trends, it is infuriating to be quoted again and again by creationists–whether through design or stupidity, I do not know–as admitting that the fossil record includes no transitional forms. Transitional forms are generally lacking at the species level, but they are abundant between larger groups.

— Stephen Jay Gould


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Some scientists claim that hydrogen because it is so plentiful is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say that there is more stupidity than hydrogen and that is the basic building block of the universe.

— Frank Zappa

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Mar 1, 2016 “The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubt, while the stupid people are full of confidence.” —Charles Bukowski.

Quotes About Stupidity

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Going on Facebook and looking at your feed is a masochistic tic that all too many of us are plagued with; at its worst, it's a somber reminder that, at one point in our lives or another, we were a poor judge of character and befriended dumbasses. Admittedly, there are days when I scroll through the wall of my former best friend from middle school and cackle maniacally in response to her constant stream of memes about how nice pit bulls are, nostalgic 90s posts, and of course, profound quotes about life: "'You have permission to rest. You are not responsible for fixing everything that is broken. You do not have to try and make everyone happy. For now, take time for you. It's time to replenish.' —Unknown."

According to a new Canadian study from the University of Waterloo, my ex-best friend, and others like her, are actually rather stupid. In the research paper, "On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit," PhD candidate Gordon Pennycook and four other researchers assert that there is a link between low intelligence and being impressed by seemingly profound quotes.

In the study, the researchers used a website called, which generates random statements meant to sound profound like, "This life is nothing short of an ennobling oasis of self-aware faith," or, "Today, science tells us that the essence of nature is guidance."

"I came across the website, I just kind of thought about if there was any research on this; I wanted to know if people thought those statements were profound," Pennycook told VICE. "I often see quotes [on my newsfeed] that are maybe not quite as egregious, but you see a lot of motivational ones... there's quotes and a picture of somebody who obviously did not say the quote—you come across that quite often."

In the study, nearly 300 participants were presented with various statements, including those of the "bullshit" variety, and asked to react to them by rating their profoundness on a scale of one to five, classifying quotes as either profound, bullshit, or mundane. They were also given tests meant to measure their cognitive ability and personality.

The paper gave the following as an example of a statement participants were asked to respond to: "Hidden meaning transforms unparalleled abstract beauty."

Those who were unable to detect the bullshit and rated the pseudo-profound as actually profound were determined to be lower in intelligence, less likely to engage in reflective thinking, and more likely to hold conspiratorial or paranormal beliefs.

In other words, these types of people are, as Nietzsche once said, "Locked in the glass cabinet of the mind's self-reflection."

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