„In explaining any puzzling Washington phenomenon, always choose stupidity over conspiracy, incompetence over cunning. Anything else gives them too much credit.“

—  Charles Krauthammer, 2000s, 2007, Column, October 19, 2007, "Pelosi’s Armenian Gambit" http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/krauthammer101907.php3 at jewishworldreview.com.
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„Stupidity is much the same all the world over.“

—  John Stuart Mill, The Subjection of Women
The Subjection of Women (1869), Context: Stupidity is much the same all the world over. A stupid person's notions and feelings may confidently be inferred from those which prevail in the circle by which the person is surrounded. Not so with those whose opinions and feelings are an emanation from their own nature and faculties. Ch. 1

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„I'll take crazy over stupid any day.“

—  Joss Whedon American director, writer, and producer for television and film 1964

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„Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.“

—  Voltaire French writer, historian, and philosopher 1694 - 1778
Misattributed, Source: "Nowadays what isn't worth saying is sung" (Aujourd'hui ce qui ne vaut pas la peine d'être dit, on le chante) — Pierre de Beaumarchais, Le Barbier de Séville (1775), act I, scene II. In George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman, act II, there is the following dialogue: TANNER: Let me remind you that Voltaire said that what was too silly to be said could be sung. STRAKER. It wasn't Voltaire: it was Bow Mar Shay. TANNER. I stand corrected: Beaumarchais of course. This quote has also been attributed to Joseph Addison. In The Spectator, 21 March 1711 http://www.hoasm.org/VIIA/Spectator3-21-11.html, Addison wrote of "an establish'd Rule, which is receiv'd as such to this Day, That nothing is capable of being well set to Musick, that is not Nonsense."

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„This is stupid. I now have stupid all over me.“

—  Patrick Nielsen Hayden American science fiction editor, fanzine publisher, essayist, reviewer, anthologist, and teacher 1959
"Bad advice on cover letters", in Making Light (18 May 2004) http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/005212.html

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„I do not support peace in the Middle East. And I do not support Arafat. He is a stupid, incompetent fool!… The stupid fool is a zealot, a warrior, and a clever one. But he doesn't accomplish anything.“

—  Muammar Gaddafi Libyan revolutionary, politician and political theorist 1942 - 2011
Remarks quoted in Red Horizons: Chronicles of a Communist Spy Chief (1987) by Ion Mihai Pacepa, p. 110

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„But all years are stupid. It's only when they're over that they become interesting.“

—  Cesare Pavese Italian poet, novelist, literary critic, and translator 1908 - 1950
The Beach (1941), Chapter 9, p. 48

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„The lessons learnt in the '60s about merchandising stupidity to the American public on a large scale have been used over and over again since that time.“

—  Frank Zappa American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer 1940 - 1993
The MOFO Project/Object (2006), Context: The '60s was really stupid … It was a type of merchandising, Americans had this hideous weakness, they had this desire to be OK, fun guys and gals, and they haven't come to terms with the reality of the situation: we were not created equal. Some people can do carpentry, some people can do mathematics, some people are brain surgeons and some people are winos and that's the way it is, and we're not all the same. This concept of one world-ism, everything blended and smoothed out to this mediocre norm that everybody downgrades themselves to be is stupid. The '60s was merchandised to the public at large... My pet theory about the '60s is that there is a sinister plot behind it... The lessons learnt in the '60s about merchandising stupidity to the American public on a large scale have been used over and over again since that time. "My Pet Theory" on the second disc of the twin CD version

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„Whatever else he was during his life, he was never dull, and the world forgives almost anything but stupidity.“

—  Clarence Darrow American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union 1857 - 1938
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„Some fellows get credit for being conservative when they are only stupid.“

—  Kin Hubbard cartoonist 1868 - 1930
As quoted in The Book of Unusual Quotations (1957) by Rudolf Franz Flesch, p. 47.

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„When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent.“

—  Arsène Wenger French footballer and manager 1949
Context: He's out of order, disconnected with reality and disrespectful. When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent. On José Mourinho, (November 2005) http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/a/arsenal/4398238.stm

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