„Silly people say stupid things, clever people do them.“

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Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
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„If people did not sometimes do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.“

—  Ludwig Wittgenstein Austrian-British philosopher 1889 - 1951
Variant: If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done. p. 50e

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„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
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„Peter would think her sentimental. So she was. For she had come to feel that it was the only thing worth saying – what one felt. Cleverness was silly. One must say simply what one felt.“

—  Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
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„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
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„Stay focused. Talk about things that’ll matter to the people, you know? It’s the economy, stupid.“

—  James Carville political writer, consultant and United States Marine 1944
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„She didn’t have to believe the technology existed. She only had to believe that people believed the technology existed. People, being stupid, believed all sorts of things.“

—  Adam Roberts British writer known for speculative fiction and parody novels; literature and writing academic 1965
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