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

We are growing serious, and, let me tell you, that's the very next step to being dull.
      - Joseph Addison, The Drummer
         (act IV, sc. 6)

Antidotes are what you take to prevent dotes.
      - Anonymous

Artificial intelligence will never be a match for natural stupidity.
      - Anonymous

Heaven should be kind to stupid people, for no one else can be consistently.
      - Honore de Balzac

Let nothing dupe you! Such is the horrible maxim that acts as a solvent upon every noble feeling man experiences.
      - Honore de Balzac

Stupidity assumes two forms, it speaks or is silent. Mute stupidity is bearable.
      - Honore de Balzac

I come from the Town of Stupidity; it lieth about four degrees beyond the City of Destruction.
      - John Bunyan

In our wide world there is but one altogether fatal personage, the dunce,--he that speaks irrationally, that sees not, and yet thinks he sees.
      - Thomas Carlyle

There is in it a placid inexhaustibility, a calm, vicious infinitude, which will baffle even the gods.
      - Thomas Carlyle

With various readings stored his empty skull,
  Learn'd without sense, and venerably dull.
      - Charles Churchill, The Rosciad (l. 591)

I find we are growing serious, and then we are in great danger of being dull.
      - William Congreve, Old Bachelor (act II, 2)

The shock, for an intelligent writer, of discovering for the first time that there are people younger than himself who think him stupid is severe.
      - Cyril Connolly

The fool of nature stood with stupid eyes
  And gaping mouth, that testified surprise.
      - John Dryden, Cymon and Iphigenia (l. 107)

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

There are only two truly infinite things, the universe and stupidity. And I am unsure about the universe.
      - Albert Einstein

Earth has its boundaries, but human stupidity is limitless.
      - Gustave Flaubert

Stupidity's the deliberate cultivation of ignorance.
      - William Gaddis

Stupidity has no friends, and wants none.
      - Horace Greeley

The fault rests with the gods, who have made her so stupid.
  [Lat., La faute en est aux dieux, qui la firent si bete.]
      - Jean Baptiste Louis de Gresset, Mechant
         (II, 7)

Stupidity is better kept a secret than displayed.
      - Heraclitus of Ephesus

He is not only dull himself, but the cause of dulness in others.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson

Why, sir, Sherry is dull, naturally dull; but it must have taken him a great deal of pains to become what we now see him. Such an excess of stupidity, Sir, is not in Nature.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson,
        of R.B. Sheridan

They would not be smart enough to pour piss out of their boots, if the instructions were written on the sole.
      - Garrison Keillor

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

The impenetrable stupidity of Prince George (son-in-law of James II) served his turn. It was his habit, when any news was told him, to exclaim, "Est il possible?"--"Is it possible?"
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay,
        History of England (vol. I, ch. IX)


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