„“You can hardly blame them.”
“Assuming stupidity is an inherited trait, then no, I can’t.”“

—  Alastair Reynolds, Chapter 3 (p. 67).
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British novelist and astronomer 1966

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„I did not mean that Conservatives are generally stupid; I meant, that stupid persons are generally Conservative. I believe that to be so obvious and undeniable a fact that I hardly think any hon. Gentleman will question it.“

—  John Stuart Mill British philosopher and political economist 1806 - 1873
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