„Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man.“
Quoted in 50 Military Leaders Who Changed the World (2007) by William Weir, p. 173
Unsourced variant: Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man. Anything built by man, can be destroyed by him.
„It’s absolutely stupid that we live without an ozone layer. We have men, we’ve got rockets, we’ve got saran wrap – FIX IT!!!“
— Lewis Black American stand-up comedian, author, playwright, social critic and actor 1948
„Dotty: Archie says the Church is a monument to irrationality.
George: … The National Gallery is a monument to irrationality! Every concert hall is a monument to irrationality! — and so is a nicely kept garden, or a lover's favour, or a home for stray dogs! You stupid woman, if rationality were the criterion for things being allowed to exist, the world would be one gigantic field of soya beans!“
— Tom Stoppard, Jumpers
— Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881
Bk. II, ch. 4.
1830s, Sartor Resartus (1833–1834)
— Laxmi Prasad Devkota Nepali poet 1909 - 1959
— Robert Charles Wilson, livro Axis
Fonte: Axis (2007), Chapter 6 (p. 81)
— Norman Tebbit English politician 1931
[Source: The Journals of Woodrow Wyatt: Volume 3, p. 437.]
„Was man made stupid to see his own stupidity?
Is God by definition indifferent, beyond us all?
Is the eternal truth man's fighting soul
Wherein the Beast ravens in its own avidity?“
— Richard Eberhart American poet 1904 - 2005
"The Fury of Aerial Bombardment"
„Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.“
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
Part III: Man and Himself, Ch. 16: Ideas Which Have Become Obsolete, p. 158
Fonte: 1950s, New Hopes for a Changing World (1951)
— Dorothy Parker American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist 1893 - 1967
— Oscar Wilde, livro O Retrato de Dorian Gray
Fonte: The Picture of Dorian Gray
— Jane Austen, livro Mansfield Park
Fonte: Mansfield Park
— Michel De Montaigne, livro Ensaios
Book III, Ch. 9
Essais (1595), Book III
— Isaac Asimov, livro Second Foundation
Fonte: The Foundation series (1951–1993), Second Foundation (1953), Chapter 8 “Seldon’s Plan”
— Lester del Rey Novelist, short story writer, editor 1915 - 1993
Fonte: The Eleventh Commandment (1962), Chapter 12 (p. 114)
„Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realize fishing is stupid and boring.“
— Desmond Tutu South African churchman, politician, archbishop, Nobel Prize winner 1931
„There are dignified stupidities, and there are heroic stupidities, and there is such a thing as stupid stupidities, and that would be a stupid stupidity not to have a camera on board.“
— Werner Herzog German film director, producer, screenwriter, actor and opera director 1942
"The White Diamond" (2004)
„I believe what really happens in history is this: the old man is always wrong; and the young people are always wrong about what is wrong with him. The practical form it takes is this: that, while the old man may stand by some stupid custom, the young man always attacks it with some theory that turns out to be equally stupid.“
— G. K. Chesterton English mystery novelist and Christian apologist 1874 - 1936
Illustrated London News (3 June 1922)
„If I absolutely had to choose, I would take Mugabe in preference to Smith, though. I couldn't stand Smith. I thought he was a man who saw every tree in the wood but couldn't see the wood… He was a really stupid man, Smith; a bigoted, stupid man.“
— Ian Smith Prime Minister of Rhodesia 1919 - 2007
Lord Carrington, as quoted in Heidi Holland, Dinner with Mugabe, Penguin Books; Reprint edition (5 Feb 2009), ISBN 0143026186.