„Silly people say stupid things, clever people do them.“
Alberne Leute sagen Dummheiten. Gescheite Leute machen sie.
Fuente: Aphorisms (1880/1893), p. 70.
Alberne Leute sagen Dummheiten, gescheite Leute machen sie.
Aphorismen. Aus: Schriften. Bd. 1, Berlin: Paeltel. 1893. S. 74
Variante: Alberne Leute sagen Dummheiten. Gescheite Leute machen sie.
„MRS ALLONBY I adore them. The clever people never listen, and the stupid people never talk.
HESTER I think the stupid people talk a great deal.
MRS ALLONBY Ah, I never listen!“
— Oscar Wilde, Una mujer sin importancia
Fuente: A Woman of No Importance
„When you think of the silly things people have said to you which have stopped you from saying the same silly things, you simply can’t do justice to your gratitude.“
— Henry S. Haskins 1875 - 1957
Fuente: Meditations in Wall Street (1940), p. 107
„What is scandalous is not that stupid people should sometimes inherit private incomes; but that clever people should sometimes not.“
— Celia Green British philosopher 1935
The Decline and Fall of Science (1976)
— John Steinbeck, libro Al este del Edén
Fuente: East of Eden
— Ludwig Wittgenstein Austrian-British philosopher 1889 - 1951
Variante: If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done.
Fuente: Culture and Value (1980), p. 50e
„Anybody can be charming if they don't mind faking it, saying all the stupid, obvious, nauseating things that a conscience keeps most people from saying. Happily, I don't have a conscience. I say them.“
— Jeff Lindsay, libro El oscuro pasajero
Fuente: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
„In order to succeed it is not necessary to be much cleverer than other people. All you have to do is be one day ahead of them.“
— Leó Szilárd Physicist and biologist 1898 - 1964
As quoted in "Close-up : I'm looking for a market for wisdom. : Leo Szilard, scientist" in LIFE magazine, Vol. 51, no. 9 (1 September 1961), p. 75
Variante: If you want to succeed in the world, you don't have to be much cleverer than other people. You just have to be one day earlier.
„I think my target was not so much evil, but benign stupidity people doing stupid things without realising or, instead, thinking they were doing good.“
— Tom Lehrer American singer-songwriter and mathematician 1928
Quotes from interviews, Sydney Morning Herald interview (2003)
Contexto: You can make fun with Saddam Hussein jokes … but you can't make fun of, say, the concentration camps. I think my target was not so much evil, but benign stupidity people doing stupid things without realising or, instead, thinking they were doing good.
„Anybody who says these people are "free" is lying or stupid. You are what you do. If you do boring, stupid monotonous work, chances are you'll end up boring, stupid and monotonous.“
— Bob Black, libro The Abolition of Work
The Abolition of Work (1985)
Contexto: The demeaning system of domination I've described rules over half the waking hours of a majority of women and the vast majority of men for decades, for most of their lifespans. For certain purposes it's not too misleading to call our system democracy or capitalism or — better still — industrialism, but its real names are factory fascism and office oligarchy. Anybody who says these people are "free" is lying or stupid. You are what you do. If you do boring, stupid monotonous work, chances are you'll end up boring, stupid and monotonous. Work is a much better explanation for the creeping cretinization all around us than even such significant moronizing mechanisms as television and education. People who are regimented all their lives, handed off to work from school and bracketed by the family in the beginning and the nursing home at the end, are habituated to heirarchy and psychologically enslaved. Their aptitude for autonomy is so atrophied that their fear of freedom is among their few rationally grounded phobias. Their obedience training at work carries over into the families they start, thus reproducing the system in more ways than one, and into politics, culture and everything else. Once you drain the vitality from people at work, they'll likely submit to heirarchy and expertise in everything. They're used to it.
„There are some people so stupid you have to show them everything. I didn’t realize that there are people so stupid you can’t show them anything.“
— Murray Leinster, libro The Pirates of Zan
Fuente: The Pirates of Zan (1959), Chapter 1
— Chetan Bhagat Indian author, born 1974 1974
Fuente: Revolution 2020: Love, Corruption, Ambition
— Margaret Mead American anthropologist 1901 - 1978
Attributed in Teaching Music Through Performance In Band, Vol. 3 (2000), edited by Richard B. Miles, Larry Blocher, Eugene Corporon, p. 13
„Morgan has the artist's mind; he says the simple things that clever people don't say; I find him the best of critics for that reason. Suddenly out comes the obvious thing that one has overlooked.“
— Virginia Woolf English writer 1882 - 1941
6 November 1919
A Moment's Liberty (1990)
„His explanation for the "signs"
I just hate stupid people. They should have to wear signs that say "I'm Stupid". That way you wouldn't rely on them, and you wouldn't ask them for nothing.“
— Bill Engvall American comedian and actor 1957
Here's Your Sign (1996)
Here's Your Sign
„I hate people saying anything stupid. I don't really suffer fools very well at all. When people are acting like idiots, not that I'm not guilty of doing the odd idiotic thing myself from time to time, but when people say stupid things, it stresses me out. I have a pretty thick skin about people coming up to me and saying things to me when I'm out, I don't really mind that too much. but when people are just loud and annoying, it drives me crazy.“
— Joshua Jackson Canadian actor 1978
As quoted in the article 'End of an Era?' in Live and Kicking magazine (2000)
„“I didn’t want to scare you. We don’t want to scare anyone.”
“No? Well, sometimes it’s a good thing to scare people. Sometimes fear is all that will keep them from doing stupid things.”“
— Octavia E. Butler, libro Adulthood Rites
Part II “Phoenix” chapter 15 (p. 381).
Adulthood Rites (1988)