Quotes about stupidity

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„In 1919 I woke up famous. I'd never guessed it. If I'd known I was famous, I'd have stolen away and wept. I was stupid. I was supposed to be intelligent. I was sensitive and very dumb.“

—  Coco Chanel French fashion designer 1883 - 1971

As quoted in Coco Chanel : Her Life, Her Secrets (1971), p. 95
In 1919 I woke up famous and with a new friend who was to give its full meaning to my success.
Statement to Salvador Dalí, about herself and her friendship with Misia Sert, as quoted in The Persistence of Memory : A Biography of Dali (1992) by Meredith Etherington-Smith

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„Humanitarianism is the expression of stupidity and cowardice.“

—  Adolf Hitler Führer and Reich Chancellor of Germany, Leader of the Nazi Party 1889 - 1945

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„Love is being stupid together.“

—  Paul Valéry French poet, essayist, and philosopher 1871 - 1945

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„Hitler decided that. I thought it was stupid because I believed that first we had to defeat England.“

—  Hermann Göring German politician and military leader 1893 - 1946

To Leon Goldensohn, about attacking the Soviets (15 March 1946)
The Nuremberg Interviews (2004)

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„Youth ages, immaturity is outgrown, ignorance can be educated, drunkenness sobered, but stupid lasts forever.“

—  Aristophanés Athenian playwright of Old Comedy -448 - -386 BC

Fictional attribution in the movie The Emperor's Club (2002), given by Kevin Kline (as William Hundert); also attributed to Diogenes, without sources; no published occurrences of this statement prior to the movie have been located in any of the Aristophanes Plays or Fragments.
Misattributed
Source: IMDb, "Memorable quotes for The Emperor's Club" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0283530/quotes, Internet Movie Database, www.imdb.com
Source: Two pages attributing it to Diogenes: http://www.prohibitionists.org/Background/Party_Platform/quickquotes/QQ-education.htm http://www.ryanbalton.com/funstuff/forb_seniorquotes.htm

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„Nothing conveys the feeling of infinity as much as stupidity does.“

—  Ödön von Horváth Austro-Hungarian writer 1901 - 1938

Motto of Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Wood) (1931).

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„God is not stupid. Don't make excuses before Him. God will not make excuses, even though man may cause damage to His promise. You must take that degree of responsibility too.“

—  Sun Myung Moon Korean religious leader 1920 - 2012

The Way of God's Will Chapter 1-5. Tradition, Official Business, and Responsibility http://www.unification.org/ucbooks/WofGW/wogw1-05.htm Translated 1980.

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„That’s the best thing about being dead. It’s like being stupid. It’s only painful for others.“

—  Ricky Gervais English comedian, actor, director, producer, musician, writer, and former radio presenter 1961

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

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

Source: 1960s, Strength to Love (1963), Ch. 4 : Love in action, Sct. 3

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„Correct." Kekrops sounded bitter, like he regretted his decision. "My people were the original Athenians--the gemini."
"Like your zodiac sign?" Percy asked. "I'm a Leo."
"No, stupid," Leo said. "I'm a Leo. You're a Percy.“

—  Rick Riordan, book The Blood of Olympus

Variant: Correct." Kekrops sounded bitter, like he regretted his decision. "My people were the original Athenians--the gemini."
"Like your zodiac sign?" Percy asked. "I'm a Leo."
"No, stupid. "I'm a Leo. You're a Percy.
Source: The Blood of Olympus

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„Our greatest stupidities may be very wise.“

—  Ludwig Wittgenstein Austrian-British philosopher 1889 - 1951

Source: Culture and Value (1980), p. 39e

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