17 Quotes About Stupidity

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I have found in the midst of chaos, there is often stupidity at the root of it all. We were often told, when growing up, that there are no stupid questions, but there really are. I have inherited my dad’s lack of patience for stupidity and because of this mind set, I seem to come across stupidity more than usual. So, for those that find themselves irritated by daily interactions, these quotes are for you.


“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”

—Mark Twain


“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubt, while the stupid people are full of confidence.”

—Charles Bukowski


“You can tell how smart people are by what they laugh at.”

—Tina Fey


“Silence is the best response to a fool.”



“Life is tough, but it is tougher when you’re stupid.”

—John Wayne


“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”

—Albert Einstein


“No. No. I’m listening. It just takes me a minute to process that much stupid all at once.”

—Sheldon (Big Bang Theory)


“I can normally tell how intelligent a man is by how stupid he thinks I am.”

—Cormac McCarthy


“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”

—Albert Einstein


“My people skills are just fine. It’s my tolerance to idiots that needs work.”



“I awoke, only to see that the rest of the world is still asleep.”

—Leonardo da Vinci


“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

—George Carlin


“I declare that everything you are saying is stupid.”

—April (Parks and Recreation)


“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.


“Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.”

—P.J. O’Rourke


“Do not ever say that the desire to “do good” by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.”

—Ayn Rand


“There is no sin except stupidity.”

—Oscar Wilde Thought Catalog Logo Mark

About the author

Jamie Kensinger

A millennial with a Framed Higher Ed degree, not working in Higher Ed.

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