„When a war breaks out, people say: "It's too stupid; it can't last long." But though the war may well be "too stupid," that doesn't prevent its lasting. Stupidity has a knack of getting its way; as we should see if we were not always so much wrapped up in ourselves.“
— Marilyn Monroe American actress, model, and singer 1926 - 1962
„There’s an old saying in politics: anyone dumb enough to run for the job probably is too stupid to have it.“
— Ralph Klein Canadian politician 1942 - 2013
„"Oh," the figure settled back down, "those reasons. Well, yes. Clever, even. But still profoundly stupid."“
— Steven Erikson Canadian fantasy author 1959
„There was an attraction at first that Mr Baldwin should not be clever. But when he forever sentimentalises about his own stupidity, the charm is broken.“
— John Maynard Keynes British economist 1883 - 1946
Skidelsky (1992:232) quoting Keynes Papers PS/6
„More computing sins are committed in the name of efficiency (without necessarily achieving it) than for any other single reason - including blind stupidity.“
— William Wulf American computer scientist 1939
"A Case Against the GOTO," Proceedings of the 25th National ACM Conference, August 1972, pp. 791-97.
„In explaining any puzzling Washington phenomenon, always choose stupidity over conspiracy, incompetence over cunning. Anything else gives them too much credit.“
— Charles Krauthammer American journalist 1950
Column, October 19, 2007, "Pelosi’s Armenian Gambit" http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/krauthammer101907.php3 at jewishworldreview.com.
— William Saroyan, Madness in the Family: Stories
„It is stupid to tolerate "Nikola;" all Chekists have to be on alert to shoot anyone who doesn't turn up to work because of "Nikola."“
— Vladimir Lenin Russian politician, led the October Revolution 1870 - 1924
Nikola" here is St. Nickolas' Day, as quoted in Autopsy for an Empire (1998) by Dmitri Volkogonov, p. 74.
— George S. Patton United States Army general 1885 - 1945
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.
— Nicolás Gómez Dávila Colombian writer and philosopher 1913 - 1994
— Alastair Reynolds British novelist and astronomer 1966
Chapter 3 (p. 67).