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stupidity Quotes

45 of the best book quotes about stupidity
01
“I do stupid things when I’m nervous, which means I’m constantly doing stupid things.”
02
What was I doing up here anyway? Why did I let Finny talk me into stupid things like this? Was he getting some kind of hold over me?
03
Because of the self-confidence with which he had spoken, no one could tell whether what he said was very clever or very stupid.
04
“Don’t be stupid,” he told himself. “You’re too old for monsters.”
05
“She pulled it out of the way and started to say sorry—but it was that stupid Asian kid, and he frowned when he saw that it was her.”
06
“Power is okay, and stupidity is usually harmless. Power and stupidity together are dangerous.”
07
“‘Attitudes aren’t so different in America,’ I told Francis. ‘You are probably right,’ he said. ‘But you see, a rich country like America can perhaps afford to be stupid.’”
08
“In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.”
09
“People love getting into spats on the internet. Some people spend their whole lives doing it. The only people who object to ridicule and criticism are touchy, fragile celebrities and journalists with brittle egos who can’t cope with readers pointing out how biased and stupid they are.”
10
“I found that the men most in repute were all but the most foolish; and that others less esteemed were really wiser and better.”
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“After a war of about forty years, undertaken by the most stupid, maintained by the most dissolute, and terminated by the most timid of all the emperors, the far greater part of the island [of Britain] submitted to the Roman yoke.”
12
“I seemed forsooth too simple to perceive The serpent stealing on me in the dark.”
13
″‘I ain’t grouchy,’ Teft snapped. ‘I just have a low threshold for stupidity.‘”
14
“Our real discoveries come from chaos, from going to the place that looks wrong and stupid and foolish.”
15
“It is so beautiful, so exciting, this love, that I tremble on the verge of it, and offer, quite out of my own habit, to look for a brooch on a beach; also it is the stupidest, the most barbaric of human passions”
16
“Do you think it’s stupid? [...] To fall in love.”
17
“All the history of human life has been a struggle between wisdom and stupidity.”
18
“We need that warm adult stupidity. Even knowing the illusion, we cry and hide in their laps, speaking only of defiled lollipops or lost bears, and getting lollipop or a toy bear’d worth of comfort.”
19
“I entered Excessive Modesty Mode. Nothing is stupider and more ineffective than Excessive Modesty Mode. It is a mode in which you show that you’re modest by arguing with someone who is trying to compliment you. Essentially, you are going out of your way to try to convince someone that you’re a jerk.”
20
“But since in fact we see that avarice, anger, envy, pride, sloth, lust and stupidity commonly profit far beyond humility, chastity, fortitude, justice and thought, and have to choose, to be human at all... why then perhaps we /must/ stand fast a little --even at the risk of being heroes.”
21
“Do you think you can so easily erase our history? Are you so stupid that you think that we will forget what it said?”
22
“In order really to live, you must photograph as much as you can, and to photograph as much as you can you must either live in the most photographable way possible, or else consider photographable every moment of your life. The first course leads to stupidity; the second to madness.”
23
“On a scale from one to ‘invade Russia in winter,’ how stupid is this plan?”
24
“No, the old proverb does not lie: Look for the brave in prison, and the stupid among the political leaders! ”
25
“Nobody likes to see a stupid guy wise up.”
26
“Yet still he called stupidly, as if an incantation could bring back the dead: “Hello Frank…Hello Frank…Can you read me?”
27
“A long time ago, people used to tell magical stories of wonder and enchantment. Those stories were called Fairy Tales. Those stories are not in this book. The stories in this book are almost Fairy Tales. But not quite. The stories in this book are Fairly Stupid Tales.”
28
“Sam came in from watching TV. She said it was stupid, fussing over so much junk. ‘Dinosaurs aren’t junk,’ Harry said.”
29
″ ‘Ellie,’ Homer said solemnly, ‘I’ll never call you a stupid dumb obstinate slagheap again.’ ‘Thanks Homer.’ It was a sweet moment.”
30
″ ‘You are a stupid little girl!’ Mrs. Winter said. ‘I am not a stupid little girl!’ I cried. ‘I am a very nice little girl!’ ‘Go and stand in the corner,; Mrs. Winter said. Then I got cross, and I saw red, and I put the Magic Finger on Mrs. Winter good and strong, and almost at once …”
31
“Violence and cruelty were just a stupid person’s way of making himself felt because it was easier to use your hands to strike a blow than to use your brain to find a logical and just solution to a problem.”
32
″‘Don’t be sillier than you were born,’ said Inez with patient scorn. ‘Enoque and Honorio are garimpeiros. They’re gold-miners. It’s all they know about. They don’t have a brain between them to do anything else.’ ‘Then they’re mining for gold!’
33
“Happy Jack bumbles his way into a fortune and a wife in spite of his stupidity.”
34
“The more stupid one is, the closer one is to reality. The more stupid one is, the clearer one is. Stupidity is brief and artless, while intelligence squirms and hides itself. Intelligence is unprincipled, but stupidity is honest and straightforward.”
35
“Glory and tragedy, courage and stupidity - one set of truths didn’t negate the other. For war was contradiction, as was the history of America.”
36
“the most marvelous cloth...invisible to anyone who was unfit for his office or unforgivably stupid”
37
“And this shows that sometimes people want to be stupid and they do not want to know the truth.”
38
“You’re no saint, because saints are stupid! You’re stupid! You’re so stupid that you can’t think ahead! You think that sacrificing your life for a bunch of scabby, snot-nosed orphans is going to save them from slavery? You’re out of your mind!”
39
“I can’t go to sleep. The music’s turned up and the arguments have started. There’s something funny about the night that makes grown-ups go stupid and call each other names. Maybe it’s their way of scaring off the Hairyman. Maybe it’s just the grog in them.”
40
“Are you slowwitted? I’m so sorry for you. It’s terrible to be dull and stupid.”
41
“This book has twelve stories about Polly and how she always managed to escape from the wolf by being cleverer than he was- which wasn’t very difficult because he was generally not at all clever. In fact he was rather stupid.”
42
“I feel kind of stupid. There’s a whole bunch of science I should be doing, right?”
43
“I shall never have the least pity anymore for such a blockhead as Robinson, whatever misfortunes may happen to him.”
44
“I gave up growing when I was extremely small, along with all the other nasty childish habits like laziness and disobedience and greed and sloppiness and untidiness and stupidity.”
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Because it is idiotic. Writing when there’s nothing to say...

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