„More computing sins are committed in the name of efficiency (without necessarily achieving it) than for any other single reason - including blind stupidity.“
They never went blind for what they did, but I may as well have.
In the name of the Father, the Skeptic and the Son,
I had one more stupid question.“
— Alanis Morissette Canadian-American singer-songwriter 1974
„Anyone who tries to predict the future is inevitably a fool. Present company included. A prophet without a sense of humor is just stupid.“
— David Brin novelist, short story writer 1950
Part III (p. 143)
„I can understand the poor and stupid voting for Marxism or one of its fashionable variants. If you've no hope of being other than a slave, you may as well opt for the most efficient form of slavery.“
— P. D. James English crime writer 1920 - 2014
A Taste for Death Published 1986. Page 412.
— Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
— Richard Dawkins English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author 1941
— Jawaharlal Nehru Indian lawyer, statesman, and writer, first Prime Minister of India 1889 - 1964
„For what is there more hideous than avarice, more brutal than lust, more contemptible than cowardice, more base than stupidity and folly?“
— Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 a.C.
Book I, section 51; (Translation by C.D. Yonge) http://books.google.com/books?id=AdAIAAAAQAAJ&q=%22For+what+is+there+more+hideous+than+avarice+more+brutal+than+lust+more+contemptible+than+cowardice+more+base+than+stupidity+and%22&pg=PA420#v=onepage
„Well they are very frightening for me because their stupidity is so flat. You look into the eyes of a chicken and you lose yourself in a completely flat, frightening stupidity. They are like a great metaphor for me... I kind of love chicken, but they frighten me more than any other animal.“
— Werner Herzog German film director, producer, screenwriter, actor and opera director 1942
About chickens, on the Signs of Life (1968) DVD audio commentary (2005).
„Yet I am not more sure that my soul lives, than I am that perverseness is one of the primitive impulses of the human heart — one of the indivisible primary faculties, or sentiments, which give direction to the character of man. Who has not, a hundred times, found himself committing a vile or a stupid action, for no other reason than because he knows he should not? Have we not a perpetual inclination, in the teeth of our best judgement, to violate that which is Law, merely because we understand it to be such?“
— Edgar Allan Poe American author, poet, editor and literary critic 1809 - 1849
„It's true that the average human in the Xeelee universe can't eat Jell-O with a straw without accident[al]ly removing an eye but these particular humans start off no stupider than than any other human of their era and proceed to breed themselves into imbecility. Well, farther into imbecility.“
— James Nicoll Canadian fiction reviewer 1961
„No matter how stupid they were, they could not be more stupid than the average legislator under the present system.“
— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
Context: My old suggestion that public offices be filled by drawing lots, as a jury box is filled, was probably more intelligent than I suspected. It has been criticized on the ground that selecting a man at random would probably produce some extremely bad State governors. [... ] But I incline to believe that it would be best to choose members of the Legislature quite at random. No matter how stupid they were, they could not be more stupid than the average legislator under the present system. Certainly, they'd be measurably more honest, taking one with another. Finally, there would be the great advantage that all of them had got their jobs unwillingly, and were eager, not to spin out their sessions endlessly, but to get home as soon as possible. 329
„The novice-friendly software is more like a misbehaving dog: it shits on the floor, it destroys things, and stinks – the novice-friendly software embodies the opposite of what computer people have dreamed of for decades: artificial stupidity. It's more human.“
— Erik Naggum Norwegian computer programmer 1965 - 2009
read the fine manual, please http://groups.google.com/group/comp.emacs/msg/821a0f04bab91864 (Usenet article).