Top 143 Stupidity Quotes

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“There is perhaps no better way to appreciate the dizzying stupidity of the United States than to chat with 25 consecutive morning radio hosts.”

― Adam Mansbach

“If you hang around long enough, they think you’re good. It’s either my tenacity or stupidity – I’m not sure which.”

― Adam West

“Social media and smart phones have become an inevitable part of our lives. We shouldn’t be under their control, which is wrong. It is mere stupidity, and we must be aware of everything around us.”

― Aishwarya Rajesh

“Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.”

― Albert Camus

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”

― Albert Einstein

“To think that we can understand everything is such stupidity because our senses are so limited. We are so limited that to feel that we can understand the creation scientifically is a little bit naive. It’s very childish.”

― Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“I always told myself that if I was going to be given a voice, I might as well say something worth listening to and not something that’s just going to feed people stupidity.”

― Alessia Cara

“War means blind obedience, unthinking stupidity, brutish callousness, wanton destruction, and irresponsible murder.”

― Alexander Berkman

“Writing is taking a risk, and it is actually fighting invisible and invincible enemies. They are over-confidence, stupidity, expectation and narcissism.”

― Andrea Hirata

“Sometimes, there’s a fine line between bravery and utter stupidity. The day I decided to climb into a boxing ring for a professional fight was probably on the side of stupidity.”

― Andrew Flintoff

“You’ll find that no pride is greater than the pride that comes with being thick. Britain is filled with people who are really proud of their stupidity.”

― Andrew O’Hagan

“The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity.”

― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Do not ever say that the desire to ‘do good’ by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.”

― Ayn Rand

“The reality of America is mass-market stupidity.”

― Bill Buford

“True popularity comes from acts of kindness rather than acts of stupidity.”

― Bo Bennett

“I think my stubbornness, hardheadedness and stupidity is what has allowed me to play for 20 years.”

― Brett Favre

“French courts are backward and politically correct, which is the height of stupidity.”

― Brigitte Bardot

“Stupidity knows no bounds and certainly no city limits, but by and large, 99 percent of the people who come to Melvins shows seem to be relatively well behaved… I’m happy and relieved by this.”

― Buzz Osborne

“This new thing about liking yourself, I find that absolutely appalling. Anyone who likes themselves, I just can’t go too close to them. To me it’s pure stupidity. But having some peace with yourself, that’s quite a relief.”

― Carole Bouquet

“Much publishing is done through politics, friends, and natural stupidity.”

― Charles Bukowski

“There are some frauds so well conducted that it would be stupidity not to be deceived by them.”

― Charles Caleb Colton

“Stupidity combined with arrogance and a huge ego will get you a long way.”

― Chris Lowe

“I don’t get high, but sometimes I wish I did. That way, when I messed up in life I would have an excuse. But right now there’s no rehab for stupidity.”

― Chris Rock

“You know when you’re young, you have this unbelievable stupidity and arrogance and ignorance all mixed in?”

― Christopher Guest

“Stupidity is infinitely more fascinating that intelligence. Intelligence has its limits while stupidity has none.”

― Claude Chabrol

“I have never played the lottery in my life and never will. Voltaire described lotteries as a tax on stupidity. More specifically, I think, on innumeracy.”

― Daniel Tammet

“An inability to handle language is not the same thing as stupidity.”

― David Hare

“People get a kick out of my stupidity.”

― Dolly Parton

“’Stupidity’ defines the mental state wherein we acknowledge that we’ve never been smarter as individuals and yet somehow we’ve never felt stupider. We now collectively inhabit a state of stupidity.”

― Douglas Coupland

“I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”

― Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Stupidity is a talent for misconception.”

― Edgar Allan Poe

“I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.”

― Edith Sitwell

“Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity.”

― Edwin Land

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

― Elbert Hubbard

“But courage which goes against military expediency is stupidity, or, if it is insisted upon by a commander, irresponsibility.”

― Erwin Rommel

“What Democrats call ‘nuanced’, most people refer to as ‘stupidity.’”

― Evan Sayet

“No intelligent idea can gain general acceptance unless some stupidity is mixed in with it.”

― Fernando Pessoa

“If pessimism is despair, optimism is cowardice and stupidity. Is there any need to choose between them?”

― Francis Parker Yockey

“Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.”

― Frank Leahy

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

― Frank Zappa

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

― Frank Zappa

“You even called me stupid in your verse, and I’m almost agreeing, for where stupidity is involved, you are quite an expert, friend.”

― Franz Grillparzer

“To forget one’s purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain.”

― Friedrich Schiller

“With stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain.”

― Friedrich Schiller

“Just as the performance of the vilest and most wicked deeds requires spirit and talent, so even the greatest demand a certain insensitivity which under other circumstances we would call stupidity.”

― Georg C. Lichtenberg

“It is because nations tend towards stupidity and baseness that mankind moves so slowly; it is because individuals have a capacity for better things that it moves at all.”

― George Gissing

“In the film industry, all the money is focused on television and the stupidity of American cinema.”

― Gerard Depardieu

“I’d rather spend my time with grape growers than actors. In the film industry, all the money is focused on television and the stupidity of American cinema.”

― Gerard Depardieu

“I have met with some of them – very honest fellows, who, with all their stupidity, had a kind of intelligence and an upright good sense, which cannot be the characteristics of fools.”

― Giacomo Casanova

“I cannot abide stupidity, in myself or in others.”

― Ginger Rogers

“There’s a perennial debate about whether the propagandistic tripe produced by establishment media outlets is shaped more by evil or by stupidity. Personally, I think it’s both: a healthy dose of each is needed. The system design is malicious, while those who serve as its public face are generally vacant.”

― Glenn Greenwald

“Stupidity is something unshakable; nothing attacks it without breaking itself against it; it is of the nature of granite, hard and resistant.”

― Gustave Flaubert

“Here is true immorality: ignorance and stupidity; the devil is nothing but this. His name is Legion.”

― Gustave Flaubert

“The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.”

― Gustave Flaubert

“The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.”

― Harlan Ellison

“In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.”

― Hunter S. Thompson

“We spend to pretend that we’re upper class. And when the dust clears – when bankruptcy hits or a family member bails us out of our stupidity – there’s nothing left over. Nothing for the kids’ college tuition, no investment to grow our wealth, no rainy-day fund if someone loses her job.”

― J. D. Vance

“No sooner does man discover intelligence than he tries to involve it in his own stupidity.”

― Jacques Yves Cousteau

“Sustained exhaustion is not a rite of passage. It’s a mark of stupidity.”

― Jason Fried

“Stupidity, outrage, vanity, cruelty, iniquity, bad faith, falsehood – we fail to see the whole array when it is facing in the same direction as we.”

― Jean Rostand

“Punk was originally about creating new, important, energetic music that would hopefully threaten the status quo and the stupidity of the 1970s.”

― Jello Biafra

“I sometimes think my earnestness is confused for stupidity, but it shouldn’t be.”

― Jenny Slate

“You can’t argue with stupidity.”

― Jermaine Jackson

“It is a wise man who knows where courage ends and stupidity begins.”

― Jerome Cady

“You can’t legislate against stupidity.”

― Jesse Ventura

“I get amazed, I can’t look at it but about 10 seconds, at these politicians dancing around this, dancing around this, I’m trying to find a correct name for it, this utter absolute, asinine, idiotic stupidity of men marrying men.”

― Jimmy Swaggart

“Idleness is the stupidity of the body, and stupidity is the idleness of the mind.”

― Johann G. Seume

“Whoever looks at America will see: the ship is powered by stupidity, corruption, or prejudice.”

― Johann Most

“I can have incredible self-discipline. But see, I think it’s obviously a form of stupidity.”

― John Malkovich

“You know, I eat, I ate pretty well anyway so, I’m basically living the same, I just curtailed the stupidity.”

― John Newcombe

“Supernatural does not mean methodological stupidity.”

― John Piper

“Things fall apart and happen out of stupidity and carelessness.”

― John Sandford

“The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty.”

― John Steinbeck

“My heart is broken in the face of the stupidity of my species.”

― Joni Mitchell

“Stupidity is an elemental force for which no earthquake is a match.”

― Karl Kraus

“I’m very much known as being the smiley girl, and unfortunately, lightness can be mistaken for stupidity or someone with no depth.”

― Kelly Brook

“Stupidity took me pretty far.”

― Khandi Alexander

“So much of existence is so boring. To have little moments of stupidity is always welcome.”

― Kurt Braunohler

“The most important fact is that gays have been here since day one. To say otherwise is a gross denial and stupidity. We played an enormous part in the history of America.”

― Larry Kramer

“Stupidity is not my favourite thing; I cannot deal with it.”

― Lauren Bacall

“It is, after all, impossible in the modern world to shield everyone from nonsense and stupidity.”

― Lawrence M. Krauss

“Stupidity really gets me going, when it’s just plain stupid, obvious stupidity.”

― Lewis Black

“For a while, I thought, maybe I should direct, until I got to New York and saw the stupidity of that idea. If it’s hard to get into acting, what is it like for a woman to become a director?”

― Linda Hunt

“Stupidity always accompanies evil. Or evil, stupidity.”

― Louise Bogan

“The stupidity of militarized fences between two worlds is a metaphor for all the things that divide us as human beings.”

― Luis Alberto Urrea

“Everything depends on whether we have for opponents those French tricksters or those daring rascals, the English. I prefer the English. Frequently their daring can only be described as stupidity. In their eyes it may be pluck and daring.”

― Manfred von Richthofen

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

― Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I’m very much inspired by things that anger me. If I see bigotry, stupidity, or injustice on the news, I’m inspired to find a way to make it into something comedic and relatable. Anger inspires me. Stupidity inspires me. My family inspires me. My accountant inspires me. Everything and anything, really.”

― Maysoon Zayid

“Stubborn and ardent clinging to one’s opinion is the best proof of stupidity.”

― Michel de Montaigne

“Creative Artists Agency put together a project of extraordinary mediocrity and colossal stupidity. Otherwise, it was great.”

― Mikhail Baryshnikov

“The stupidity of people comes from having an answer for everything. The wisdom of the novel comes from having a question for everything.”

― Milan Kundera

“In politics stupidity is not a handicap.”

― Napoleon Bonaparte

“The greatest danger of bombs is in the explosion of stupidity that they provoke.”

― Octave Mirbeau

“Stupidity often saves a man from going mad.”

― Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

“If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn’t. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.”

― Oscar Wilde

“There is no sin except stupidity.”

― Oscar Wilde

“Seriousness is stupidity sent to college.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“Earnestness is stupidity sent to college.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“I am a student of stupidity. I am a political reporter.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“My working hypothesis is that stupidity in popular culture is a constant. Popular culture cannot get more stupid.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“Let’s not let cartoonists get involved in a war of any kind, except for a war against stupidity.”

― Patrick Chappatte

“We never really know what stupidity is until we have experimented on ourselves.”

― Paul Gauguin

“A great deal of stupidity has chipped away at the massive advantages of Western civilization, which could terminally decline if it remains on the current path. But these problems can be solved – and swiftly – if the right leaders emerge.”

― Paul Singer

“Repeating third grade at a new school, after having been asked to leave my old one for hitting kids who made fun of my perceived stupidity, I was placed in the ‘dummy class.’”

― Philip Schultz

“Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn’t misuse it.”

― Pope John Paul II

“It saddens me to see the reality-television shows that are getting so much fanfare that are a celebration of stupidity and the degradation of women. And those women are consistently wearing too short, too tight dresses. I hope the trend of aging gracefully returns.”

― Prabal Gurung

“But as an entrepreneur you have to feel like you can jump out of an aeroplane because you’re confident that you’ll catch a bird flying by. It’s an act of stupidity, and most entrepreneurs go splat because the bird doesn’t come by, but a few times it does.”

― Reed Hastings

“Man is the inventor of stupidity.”

― Remy de Gourmont

“Man has made use of his intelligence, he invented stupidity.”

― Remy de Gourmont

“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

“Proper stupidity is fascinating.”

― Ricky Gervais

“Stupidity without malice isn’t horrible; some people can’t help it.”

― Ricky Gervais

“Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.”

― Robert A. Heinlein

“Juvenile crime is not naturally born in the boy, but is largely due either to the spirit of adventure that is in him, to his own stupidity, or to his lack of discipline, according to the nature of the individual.”

― Robert Baden-Powell

“Stupidity trumps Machiavelli almost every time when you are looking for an explanation.”

― Robert Foster Bennett

“Kings had their clowns, the people their actors and musicians. Shakespeare was scheduled as a servant. It is thus that successful stupidity has always treated genius.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“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.”

― Robertson Davies

“Alcohol gives you infinite patience for stupidity.”

― Sammy Davis, Jr.

“You can never underestimate the stupidity of the general public.”

― Scott Adams

“Scientists will eventually stop flailing around with solar power and focus their efforts on harnessing the only truly unlimited source of energy on the planet: stupidity. I predict that in the future, scientists will learn how to convert stupidity into clean fuel.”

― Scott Adams

“Never attribute to malice, that which can be reasonably explained by stupidity.”

― Spider Robinson

“We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.”

― Stephen Hawking

“As long as ‘Pearl Harbor’ stays in the past, it’s perfect; when it wretchedly changes gears in the late going, it becomes the wrong kind of same old story: Hollywood stupidity and callowness, writ large across the sky.”

― Stephen Hunter

“Strange as it may seem, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and formal education positively fortifies it.”

― Stephen Vizinczey

“I think, as you get older, you reflect at the silliness of your youth and the stupidity of some of the decisions that were made, and the ego and whatnot, or whatever played into it.”

― Steve Lukather

“I am guilty of stupidity, arrogance, and greed.”

― Steve Madden

“As dialect began to be collected in the late 19th century, such words as Yorkshire’s ‘gobslotch’ emerged, revealing the burgeoning association between gluttony and stupidity.”

― Susie Dent

“Stupidity fuses notoriety and celebrity.”

― Suzanne Fields

“I have a problem with people saying feminine means anti-feminist, and I think it’s counter-productive to immediately associate anything ‘girly’ with vanity or stupidity.”

― Tavi Gevinson

“There was reference made to our leaders being stupid. It’s not a question of stupidity. It’s that they don’t want to enforce the immigration laws. That there are far too many in the Washington cartel that support amnesty.”

― Ted Cruz

“I’ve been on the other side of the table many times, trying to get people to be sympathetic to projects, and I’ve been the victim of that kind of intense kindness masking extreme stupidity.”

― Tilda Swinton

“The vast amount of waste and sheer stupidity in government – from the Pentagon to the Food and Drug Administration – could fill committee agendas for years.”

― Tom Coburn

“Maybe it’s stupidity, but you just gotta jump into things. That’s how I’ve gone through life.”

― Troy Nixey

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”

― Unknown

“Libraries keep the records on behalf of all humanity. the unique and the absurd, the wise and the fragments of stupidity.”

― Vartan Gregorian

“Stupidity talks, vanity acts.”

― Victor Hugo

“My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.”

― Vladimir Nabokov

“In a world that’s smarter than it used to be and, in some ways, smarter than it ought to be, stupidity has a way of making us seem all the more human.”

― Walter Kirn

“If Stupidity got us into this mess, then why can’t it get us out?”

― Will Rogers

“We are bound to lose Ireland in consequence of years of cruelty, stupidity and misgovernment and I would rather lose her as a friend than as a foe.”

― William E. Gladstone

“Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance.”

― William Gaddis

“My background was art school, documentary director and surfer with a keen interest in thrilling acts of life threatening stupidity.”

― Yahoo Serious
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