stupidity

A Quote by Joanna Baillie on bravery, danger, fear, nature, nobility, soul, and stupidity

The brave man is not he who feels no fear, For that were stupid and irrational; But he, whose noble soul its fears subdues, And bravely dares the danger nature shrinks from. 

Joanna Baillie (1762 - 1851)

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on stupidity and world

There are only two ways by which to rise in this world, either by one's own industry or by the stupidity of others.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

Source: The Theophrastus of France, 1688.

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A Quote by Jane Austen on existence, frustration, nonsense, people, senses, sister, and stupidity

In a letter from Bath to her sister, Cassandra, one senses her frustration at her sheltered existence, Tuesday, 12 May 1801. Another stupid party . . . with six people to look on, and talk nonsense to each other.

Jane Austen (1775 - 1817)

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A Quote by James Keller on christ, consequences, control, death, disaster, god, ideas, justice, losing, luck, mind, politics, stupidity, war, and path

Just before he ascended the gallows following the Nuremberg trials, Hans Frank, one of the top Nazis who controlled Poland, made a statement. He claimed he had little idea, until it was too late, that turning away from God could have such destructive and deadly consequences. "It was not only because of technical reasons and unfortunate coincidences that we lost the war. It was not just ill luck and treason. Rather God has passed sentence on Hitler. He has passed it on him and his system which we served in a state of mind hostile to God." He then implored that everything be done to warn others not to follow in his path. "Not even one step," he emphasized, since the way he followed was "the way without God, the road from Christ, and in the final outcome the road of political stupidity, of disaster and death."

James Keller

Source: Three Minutes by James Keller, M. M., 1950

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A Quote by J. D. Salinger on intelligence, literature, reason, stupidity, and theater

I used to think she was quite intelligent, in my stupidity. The reason I did was because she knew quite a lot about the theater and plays and literature and all that stuff. If somebody knows quite a lot about those things, it takes you quite a while to find out whether they're really stupid or not. It tooks me years to find out. . . .

J. D. Salinger

Source: The Catcher in the Rye

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A Quote by Abu Bakr Muhammad Ibn al-`Arabi on attitude, concern, doctors, giving, ignorance, islam, laws, mortality, secrets, spirituality, stupidity, and sufi

When Sufism was at loggerheads with the legalitarian Islam embodied by the doctors of the Law, known as the fuqaha', according to Henry Corbin: . . . Ibn 'Arabi made no secret of his disgust at their stupidity, ignorance, and depravity, and such an attitude was not calculated to win their favor. The tension rose, giving rise to denunciations and arrests; our shaikh was in mortal peril. At this critical moment the irreducible antagonism between the spiritual Islam of Sufism and legalitarian Islam became patent. Saved by the intervention of a friendly shaikh, Ibn 'Arabi had but one concern, to flee far from Cairo and its hateful, bigoted canonists. Where was he to seek refuge? He returned to Meca (1207).

Ibn al-'Arabi (1165 - 1240)

Source: Corbin, Henry. Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn `Arabi, 1969.

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A Quote by Hugo Demartini on incompetence, nonsense, people, stupidity, and traditions

People are always talking about tradition, but they forget we have a tradition of a few hundred years of nonsense and stupidity, that there is a tradition of idiocy, incompetence and crudity.

Hugo Demartini

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A Quote by Thomas Henry Huxley on action, knowledge, learning, men, needs, organize, and stupidity

What men need is as much knowledge as they can organize for action; give them more and it may become injurious. Some men are heavy and stupid from undigested learning.

Thomas Huxley (1825 - 1895)

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A Quote by Gustave Flaubert on good, happiness, health, losing, selfishness, and stupidity

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.

Gustave Flaubert (1821 - 1880)

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A Quote by Godfrey H. Hardy on appreciation, doubt, emotion, facts, justice, mathematics, music, people, popularity, and stupidity

The fact is that there are few more "popular" subjects than mathematics. Most people have some appreciation of mathematics, just as most people can enjoy a pleasant tune; and there are probably more people really interested in mathematics than in music. Appearances may suggest the contrary, but there are easy explanations. Music can be used to stimulate mass emotion, while mathematics cannot; and musical incapacity is recognized (no doubt rightly) as mildly discreditable, whereas most people are so frightened of the name of mathematics that they are ready, quite unaffectedly, to exaggerate their own mathematical stupidity.

Godfrey H. Hardy (1877 - 1947)

Source: A Mathematician's Apology, London, Cambridge University Press, 1941.

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