A collection of over 100 the best quotes about stupidity and/or stupid people that you can use to take a lighter look at the stupid things stupid people do (including ourselves sometimes).
Have you ever had one of those days where you spend just a little bit too much time on social media and it feels the nonsense just seems to fly around like mosquitos on a hot summer’s night? Me too! To help laugh at our own misfortune, I have put together a collection of some of the best quotes about stupidity and/or stupid people that you can use to take a lighter look at the stupid things stupid people do (including ourselves sometimes).
Whether it’s current world news, science, religion, politics, or finance, it seems that there is an abundance of opinions available from a slew of different people.
I’m not saying that opinions, on their own, are a bad thing. It’s perfectly ok to disagree with others. If we all agreed with each other, it would be a pretty boring life and no progress would ever be made.
And, yes, we all do stupid things sometimes – sometimes on purpose and sometimes by accident.
But how do you deal with people who are – to put it bluntly – just being plain stupid? People who refuse to listen to facts. People who are so dug in on their opinion, no matter what alternatives are presented to them for consideration.
It is so frustrating when you have to deal with someone who seems incapable of making smart decisions or doing something that makes sense. We’ve all had that face-palm moment when you read or hear somebody say something and you think to yourself “You can’t really be THAT STUPID, can you?”
The challenge, of course, is that what we think is stupid is likely what the other person thinks is clever (and most likely visa-versa). But whichever side of the argument you are on, sometimes we let our frustrations with the other person’s apparent stupidity that it gets the best of us and our emotions.
So I thought it would be fun to look at some great quotes about stupidity from some very smart people throughout history.
CAUTION – MILD LANGUAGE AHEAD!
We have quotes from some of the most intelligent minds in history: Albert Einstein, Confucius, and even Shakespeare himself. Plus a few fun ones from others just because I couldn’t help but laugh when I read them.
There are serious quotes, sarcastic quotes funny quotes, meaningful quotes, and a few insults mixed in to give a variety of opinions on the entire subject of stupidity and stupid people.
You’ll be able to see just what they had to say about stupidity and how best to deal with it. Maybe it can give you some ideas or inspiration. Or maybe it will give you something that you can copy and paste as a response to someone who says something truly, utterly, and inconceivably stupid.
No matter how you decided to use all of these quotes about stupidity, just remember to enjoy and use them in the kind and tongue-in-cheek way they were intended!
And, yes, it is entirely possible that I was grumpy when I wrote this. 🙂
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.
What luck for rulers that men do not think.
Just because I stop arguing with you doesn’t make you right. It just means I remembered that you can’t fix stupid.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.
A stupid man is the most dangerous animal of them all.
The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
The biggest cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid people are so sure about things and the intelligent folks are so full of doubts.
A stupid man’s report of what a clever man says can never be accurate because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.
It’s hard to win an argument with a smart person, but it’s damn near impossible to win an argument with a stupid person
At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
Most people would sooner die than start to think. In fact – they do so.
The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence!
Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.
I would prefer an intelligent hell to a stupid paradise.
Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.
We keep on being told that religion, whatever its imperfections, at least instills morality. On every side, there is conclusive evidence that the contrary is the case and that faith causes people to be more mean, more selfish, and perhaps above all, more stupid.
Avoidable human misery is more often caused not so much by stupidity as by ignorance, particularly our ignorance about ourselves.
I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.
Stupidity is a talent for misconception.
Edgar Allan Poe
Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice. One may protest against evil, it can be exposed and, if need be, prevented by the use of force. Evil always carries within itself the germ of its own subversion in that it leaves behind in human beings at least a sense of unease. Against stupidity we are defenseless.
Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bonafide stupidity, there ain’t nothin’ can beat teamwork.
Stupidity makes you dangerous to yourself and everyone around you.
Jennifer Lee Carrell
Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.
An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
Freedom of speech does not protect you from the consequences of saying stupid shit.
Jim C. Hines
Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.
Stupid is as stupid does.
There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Where stupidity is involved, you are quite an expert, friend.
There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.
Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.
Laurence J. Peter
Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.
Against stupidity, the very gods themselves contend in vain.
When you are dead, you do not know you are dead. It is only painful for others. The same applies when you are stupid.
You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.
Stupidity is something unshakable; nothing attacks it without breaking itself against it; it is of the nature of granite, hard and resistant.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
Robert A. Heinlein
When stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent.
The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity.
Dealing with stupid people is like playing chess with a pigeon. The pigeon will just knock over all the pieces, crap all over the board, and then fly home and tell his friends that he won.
It is a wise man who knows where courage ends and stupidity begins.
Honestly, if you were any slower, you’d be going backward.
Ignorance is the absence of knowledge. Stupidity is the refusal to acquire or accept it.
There are only two races on this planet, the intelligent and the stupid.
Evil isn’t the real threat to the world. Stupid is just as destructive as Evil, maybe more so, and it’s a hell of a lot more common. What we really need is a crusade against Stupid. That might actually make a difference.
I have to stop saying “How stupid can you possibly be?” Too many people are taking it as a challenge.
When a great genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign; that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.”
Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids.
Everything happens for a reason. But sometimes the reason is that you’re stupid and you make bad decisions.
Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love truth.
My heart is broken in the face of the stupidity of my species.
I wouldn’t say you are stupid. You truly are. But I wouldn’t say it.
Beauty fades, dumb is forever.
I’ll take crazy over stupid any day.
God must love stupid people – He made so many of them.
In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems unfair that He did not also limit his stupidity.
Stupidity is an elemental force for which no earthquake is a match.
I can’t tell if people are becoming more stupid, or if my tolerance for idiots is getting lower.
Stupidity isn’t punishable by death. If it was, there would be a hell of a population drop.
Laurell K. Hamilton
If your brains were dynamite there wouldn’t be enough to blow your hat off.
Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking.
It is, after all, impossible in the modern world to shield everyone from nonsense and stupidity.
Lawrence M. Krauss
If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?
Laurence J. Peter
Cheers to the people who bring us joy unintentionally with their ridiculous life choices. Dumbasses, we thank you!
Stupidity is the same as evil if you judge by the results.
The great mistake made by intelligent people is to refuse to believe that the world is as stupid as it is.
Madame de Tencin
Trying to understand the behavior of stupid people is like trying to smell the color 9.
It’s easier to fool people than to convince them they’ve been fooled.
The real war is not between the West and the East. The real war is between intelligent and stupid people.
For someone who seems to know it all, how come you don’t know that you’re stupid?
In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Martin Luther King
If stupid was a sport, I would be surrounded by champions.
Irony is wasted on the stupid
Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.
Have you ever just looked at someone and knew that the wheel was turning, but the hamster was dead?
He had just about enough intelligence to open his mouth when he wanted to eat, but certainly no more.
The only thing that ever consoles man for the stupid things he does is the praise he always gives himself for doing them.
Sometimes, the first step towards forgiveness is realizing that the other person was born an idiot.
Stupid people always think they are right. Wise people listen to advice.
Most people are not only comfortable in their ignorance, but hostile towards anyone who attempts to point it out.
I could eat a bowl of alphabet soup and poop out a sentence smarter than that one!
Stupidity without malice isn’t horrible; some people can’t help it.
Man is the inventor of stupidity.
Remy de Gourmont
You’re the reason they have to put directions on shampoo bottles.
Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
Robert J. Hanlon
You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity.
Robert A. Heinlein
I have neither the time nor the crayons to explain this to you.
People demand freedom of speech as compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
Far be it from me to ever let my common sense get in the way of my stupidity. I say we press on.
The problem with stupidity is that it doesn’t always recognize itself.
If complete and utter chaos was lightning, then he’d be the sort to stand on a hilltop in a thunderstorm wearing wet copper armour and shouting ‘All gods are bastards!
A mark of stupidity is a belief that one party is totally virtuous and correct on the issues while the other is evil and always wrong.
It’s all just madness and stupidity.
Stupid people are like glowsticks. They cause an overwhelming designer to snap them and shake them until the light comes on.
Have you ever listened to someone for a while and wondered… “who ties your shoelaces for you?”
Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance.
In a world that’s smarter than it used to be and, in some ways, smarter than it ought to be, stupidity has a way of making us seem all the more human.
Why is it acceptable for you to be an idiot, but not acceptable for me to point it out?
We live in an era of smart phones and stupid people.
Ziad K. Abdelnour
Talk, talk, talk: the utter and heartbreaking stupidity of words.
Lord, what fools these mortals be!
WORDS OF WISDOM – THE BEST QUOTES TO GET YOUR THROUGH YOUR DAY