Silly quotes


The minkukel database is filled with quotes and proverbs about brains and cleverness, wisdom and stupidity, serious and unserious thoughts.

Actually, they are not at all silly quotes, … some are very clever or wise ones.

Don’t worry if you don’t understand them.



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‘Stupid as a man,’ say the women: ‘cowardly as a woman,’ say the men. Stupidity in a woman is unwomanly.

Friedrich Nietzsche

‘What’s rather dubious?’ inquired Mr. Ben Allen, at the same time sharpening his intellect with a draught of beer. ‘What’s dubious?’

The Pickwick Papers
Charles Dickens

… it wasn’t hard to play stupid when you are stupid.

Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
Jonas Jonasson

A brainiac notices everything, an ignoramus comments about everything.

Heinrich Heine

A cigarette is a pipe with a fire at one end and a fool at the other.

A clever wife often sleeps with a stupid husband.

Chinese proverb

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.

Douglas Adams

A fool and his money are soon parted.

A foolish person usually spends money without thinking.

A fool at forty is a fool forever.

If a person hasn’t matured by the age of 40, they never will.

A fool’s mind is at the mercy of his tongue and a wise man’s tongue is under the control of his mind.


A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man likes his wife to be just clever enough to appreciate his cleverness, and just stupid enough to admire it.

Israel Zangwil

A stupid friend is a greater plague than a wise enemy.

A stupid man’s report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.

Bertrand Russell

A wise man remembers his friends at all times; a fool, only when he has need of them.


A word to the wise ain’t necessary – it’s the stupid ones that need the advice.

Bill Cosby

A word to the wise ain’t necessary, it is the stupid ones who need all the advice.

Bill Cosby

Actually, it takes only very few brain cells to be stupid.


Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.

Friedrich von Schiller

Against stupidity; God Himself is helpless.

Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.

John Stuart Mill

An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.

Eric Hoffer

An intelligent enemy is better than a stupid friend.

An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.

Victor Hugo

Any fool can get into a fight, but a wise man knows how to stay out of them.

The Pillars of the Earth
Ken Follett

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