QUOTES ON FOOLS
Let us be thankful
for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed
- Mark Twain.
I hate mankind, for I
consider myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.
- Samuel Johnson
Where ignorance is
bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.
A great deal of intelligence
can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
- Saul Bellow
It is not the insurrections
of ignorance that are dangerous, but the revolts of the intelligence.
- James Russell Lowell
Here's a horrible thought:
You know how dumb the average person is? Well, half the human race is even
dumber than that...
In the kingdom of the
Blind, the one-eyed man is King
There is no such thing
as an underestimate of average intelligence
Never call a man a fool;
borrow from him.
"If you're dumb, surround
yourself with smart people. And if you're smart, surrond yourself with
smart people who disagree with you."
- Isaac, "Sports Night"
"You are as close to
a friend as anyone I've ever known... I don't mind if you think I'm a fool.
But don't ever talk to me as if you think I am one."
- Samswope to Bedzyk, in Harlan Ellison's "The Discarded"
To be absolutely certain
about something, one must know everything or nothing about it.
Believe those who are
seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.
Who's more foolish? The
fool, or the one who follows him?
- Alec Guiness, "Star
The foolish and the dead
alone never change their opinions.
- James Russell Lowell
Half the world is composed
of idiots, the other half of people clever enough to take indecent advantage
Beware the man of one
If fifty million people
say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
If at first you don't
succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.
The whole problem with
the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves,
but wiser people so full of doubts.
Never give advice... a
wise man won't need it and a fool won't heed it.
Any intelligent fool can
make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of
genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction ( ie
make things simpler )
It usually takes a long
time to find a shorter way.
The very powerful and
the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views
to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views... which can
be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering
- The Doctor, "Doctor
The person who stands
up and says, 'This is stupid,' either is asked to `behave' or, worse, is
greeted with a cheerful 'Yes, we know! Isn't it terrific!'"
He may look like an idiot
and talk like an idiot but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot.
- Groucho Marx
A child of five could
understand this. Quick - fetch me a child of five.
- Groucho Marx
"Everyone has a right
to be stupid, but Comrade McDonald abuses the privilege."
The best way to succeed
in life is to act on the advice we give to others.
Never attribute to malice
that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.
- Robert Heinlein,
"Logic of Empire"
People are idiots. Including
me. Everyone is an idiot, not just the people with the low SAT scores.
The only difference is that we're idiots about different things at different
times. No matter how smart you are, you spend much of your day being an
- Scott Adams, "The Dilbert Principle"
Stupidity is like nuclear
power; it can be used for good or evil.
- Wally in "Dilbert"
"Mr. Madison, what
you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever
heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even
close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone
in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points,
and may God have mercy on your soul."
- Principial Max Anderson, "Billy Madison"
Each of us is sometimes
a cretin, a fool, a moron or a lunatic. A normal person is just a reasonable
mix of these components, these four ideal types.
- Umberto Eco, "Foucault's Pendulum"
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