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Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked. Good mental machinery ought to
break its own wheels and levers, if anything is thrust among them suddenly which tends to
stop them or reverse their motion. A weak mind does not accumulate force enough to hurt
itself; stupidity often saves a man from going mad.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

It's simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and say the opposite.
Sam Levenson

Some fellows get credit for being conservative when they are only stupid.
Kin Hubbard

You can be sincere and still be stupid.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Scientists now believe that the primary biological function of breasts is to make males stupid.
Dave Barry

Avoidable human misery is more often caused not so much by stupidity as by ignorance,
particularly our own ignorance about ourselves.
Carl Sagan

Stupidity: The only defect with which I can lose my patience.
Marlene Dietrich

It is always more difficult to destroy than to create, and when what one has to destroy is
vulgarity and stupidity, the task of destruction needs not merely courage but also contempt.
Oscar Wilde

Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids.
John Steinbeck

Seek the brave in prison and the stupid amongst the clergy.
Russian proverb

If anyone spends almost the whole day in reading... he gradually loses the capacity for
thinking... This is the case with many learned persons; they have read themselves stupid.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Stupidity does not tolerate wisdom.
African proverb, Ovambo

The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your
knowledge.
Elbert Hubbard

Sin is too stupid to see beyond itself.
Alfred Tennyson

I come from a stupid family. My father worked in a bank. They caught him stealing pens.
Rodney Dangerfield

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

Readiness to answer all questions is the infallible sign of stupidity.
Saul Bellow

It is true that impatience, the mother of stupidity, praises brevity, as if such persons had not
life long enough to serve them to acquire a complete knowledge of one single subject, such
as the human body.
Leonardo da Vinci

The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is knowledge of our own ignorance.
Benjamin Franklin

If all human beings understood history, they might cease making the same stupid mistakes
over and over.
Isaac Asimov

You don't have to be stupid to be a Christian... but it probably helps.
Ambrose Bierce

Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.
Oscar Wilde

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 understand.
Bertrand Russell

It would be easier to pay off the national debt overnight than to neutralize the long-range
effects of our national stupidity.
Frank Zappa

Stupid people, people who do not know how to laugh, are always pompous and self-conceited.
William Makepeace Thackeray

Three great forces rule the world: stupidity, fear and greed.
Albert Einstein

Unless one pretends to be stupid and deaf, it is difficult to be a mother-in-law or father-in-law.
Chinese proverb

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

There is no sin except stupidity.
Oscar Wilde

The right to be irresponsible and stupid is something I hold very dear. And luckily it is
something I do well.
Bono

It is the stupidest children who are the most childish and the stupidest grown-ups who are
the most grown-up.
C. S. Lewis

If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?
Albert Einstein

People are not stupid. They believe things for reasons. The last way for skeptics to get the
attention of bright, curious, intelligent people is to belittle or condescend or to show
arrogance toward their beliefs.
Carl Sagan

I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud.
Carl Jung

A fool has more ideas than a wise man can foresee.
Joseph Conrad

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