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STUPIDITY
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[ Also see Bores Dullness Ennui Folly Idiots Ignorance Mind Silliness ]

I don't mind your thinking slowly; I mind your publishing faster than you think.
      - Wolfgang Pauli

The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read,
  With loads of learned lumber in his head.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism
         (l. 612)

People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization.
      - Agnes Repplier

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

When people begin to philosophize they seem to think it necessary to make themselves artificially stupid.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

There is no dunce like a mature dunce.
      - George Santayana

Against stupidity the very gods
  Themselves contend in vain.
    [Ger., Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Maid of Orleans (act III, sc. 6)

A pity about the people! they are brave enough comrades, but they have heads like a soapboiler's.
  [Ger., Schad'um die Leut'! Sind sonst wackre Bruder
    Aber das denkt, wie ein Seifensieder.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wallenstein's Lager (XI, 347)

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Caesar and Cleopatra

Stupidity,--unconscious ignorance.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

Peter was dull; he was at first
  Dull;--Oh, so dull--so very dull!
    Whether he talked, wrote, or rehearsed--
      Still with his dulness was he cursed--
        Dull--beyond all conception--dull.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Peter Bell the Third
         (pt. VII, XI)

As if there were safety in stupidity alone.
      - Henry David Thoreau

It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens)

And whoever begins by being a dupe ends by becoming a scoundrel.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Stupidity has its sublime as well as genius, and he who carries that quality to absurdity has reached it; which is always a source of amusement to sensible people.
      - Christoph Martin Wieland

Personally, I have a great admiration for stupidity.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde),
        An Ideal Husband (act II)

There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.
      - Frank Zappa


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