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.

'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

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

Friedrich Nietzsche

… 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

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

Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.

Hedy Lamarr

Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity


As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.

François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld

As stupid as a pig’s behind.

Better a stupid wife than a mess at home.

Togolese proverb

Better flatter a fool than fight him.

Don’t argue with stupid people.

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.

Abraham Lincoln

Between a fellow who is stupid and honest and one who is smart and crooked, I will take the first. I won’t get much out of him, but with that other guy I can’t keep what I’ve got.

Gen Lewis B Hershey

By the time the fool has learned the game, the players have dispersed.


Can there anywhere be a breed of people more irritating and imbecilic than disc jockeys?

Lost Continent
Bill Bryson

Children and fools tell the truth.

Do you want zillions off your state taxes even at the risk of crippling education?
'Oh, yes!' the people cry.
Do you want TV that would make an imbecile weep?
'Yes, please!'
Shall we indulge ourselves with the greatest orgy of consumer spending that the world has ever known?
'Sounds neat! Let's go for it!'

Lost Continent
Bill Bryson

Even idiots occasionally speak the truth accidentally.

Whose Body?
Dorothy L. Sayers

Every time someone comes up with a foolproof solution, along comes a more-talented fool


Everyone has a right to be stupid some just abuse the right.

Folly is an unruly woman; she is simple and knows nothing.

Proverbs 9:13

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

Learn from your own mistakes.

Fools are wise until they speak.

Randle Cotgrave

Fools never get grey hair.

French proverb

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

Fools speak while the wise listen


Freedom of speech does not mean freedom of stupidity.

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.

Elbert Hubbard

Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything.

Frank Dane

He is a fool who praises the fruit of a tree and forgets its roots.

He is not only dull himself, but the cause of dullness in others.

Samuel Johnson

He is too stupid to be trusted alone by the fire.

He managed to make a fly zoom straight into his hand, though he wasn't entirely sure that was his prowess at Summoning Charms – perhaps the fly was just stupid.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling

He that is born a fool is never cured.

He who breaks a resolution is a weakling; He who makes one is a fool.

F.M. Knowles

Honestly, if you were any slower, you’d be going backward.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling

I am only responsible for what I say, not for what you understand.


I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


I had rather be an oyster than a man, the most stupid and senseless of animals.

George Berkeley

I like to think of my behavior in the sixties as a ‘learning experience.’ Then again, I like to think of anything stupid I’ve done as a ‘learning experience.’ It makes me feel less stupid.

P.J. O’Rourke

I never make stupid mistakes. Only very, very clever ones.

John Peel

I'll take crazy over stupid any day.

Joss Whedon

If a bee stings you once, it’s the bee’s fault; if a bee stings you twice, it’s your own damn fault.

If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?

Albert Einstein

If a rich man ate a snake, they would say it was because of his wisdom; if a poor man ate it, they would say it was because of his stupidity.

Saudi Arabian proverb

If poverty is the mother of crime, stupidity is its father.

Jean De La Bruyere

If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.

William Blake

If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?

Scott Adams

If you are intelligent you are clever, so if you are stupid you are telligent?


If you are truly stupid you not only do things stupidly but are in all likelihood too stupid to realize how stupidly you are doing them.

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain
Bill Bryson

If you think the only people you should have in your country are the people you produce yourselves, you are an idiot.

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain
Bill Bryson

If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.


Irony is wasted on the stupid.

Oscar Wilde

It costs to be stupid. The stupider you are, the more it costs.

Sherrill Brown

It doesn’t take many brain cells to be stupid.


It had been exciting, the entire journey, but nothing lasts for ever, except possibly general stupidity.

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

It is a stupid dog that barks at an elephant.

It is a stupid goose that listens to the fox preach.

It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.

George Bernard Shaw

It is foolish to show glowworms by candle light.


It is not fit that every man should travel; it makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.

William Hazlitt

It is so pleasant to come across people more stupid than ourselves. We love them at once for being so.


It is the fool whose own tomatoes are sold to him.


It takes great wisdom to play the fool.

It’s too bad that stupidity isn’t painful.

Anton LaVey

Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!

George Carlin

Life is tough, but it’s tougher when you’re stupid.

John Wayne

Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.

Bertrand Russell

Most people would sooner die than start to think. In fact – they do so.

Bertrand Russell

Neither give cherries to pigs nor advice to fools.

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.

Mark Twain

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

Robert J. Hanlon

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

Robert A. Heinlein

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and consciencious stupidity.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

One always has the idea of a stupid man as perfectly healthy and ordinary, and of illness as making one refined and clever and unusual.

Thomas Mann

One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain’t nothin’ can beat teamwork.

Edward Abbey

One must be a little foolish, if one does not want to be even more stupid.

Michel de Montaigne

One stupid person asks more than ten wise ones can spare time answering.

Only in Britain could it be thought a defect to be ‘too clever by half.’ The probability is that too many people are too stupid by three-quarters.

John Major

Only stupid people don't change their minds.

Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.


Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.

Albert Einstein

Our greatest stupidities may be very wise.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Penny wise, pound foolish.

This refers to someone who is careful about spending small amounts of money, but not careful about spending large amounts.

Personally, I have a great admiration for stupidity.

Oscar Wilde

Seek the brave in prison and the stupid among the clergy.

Seriousness is stupidity sent to college.

P. J. O’Rourke

Showing off is the fool's idea of glory.

Bruce Lee

Silence is the best answer to the stupid.

Egyptian proverb

Six hours for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool.

English proverb

Smart who smiles, stupid who laughs.

Smoking has become a public declaration of stupidity.

Nikki Gemmell
Headline in The Australian

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.

Laurence J. Peter

Strange as it may seem, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and formal education positively fortifies it.

Stephen Vizinczey

Stupid is as stupid does.

Forrest Gump

Stupid people always think they are right. Wise people listen to advice.

Stupid people will mistake your confidence for arrogance.

Habeeb Akande

Stupid solutions that succeed are still stupid solutions.

Stupidity begins with honesty.

Stupidity is a force unto itself.

Latin proverb

Stupidity is a form of wisdom.


Stupidity is a talent for misconception.

Edgar Allan Poe

Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn’t misuse it.

Pope John Paul II

Stupidity is an elemental force for which no earthquake is a match.

Karl Kraus

Stupidity often saves a man from going mad.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Stupidity won’t kill you, but it can make you sweat.

English proverb

Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders.

Sloan Wilson

Take no notice of the stupid things people say.

Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.


The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is to let him have his own way.

Josh Billings

The biggest cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid people are so sure about things and the intelligent folks are so full of doubts.

Bertrand Russell

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity.

Arthur Schopenhauer

The fool needs company, the wise solitude.


The foolish slogans of a rich man often pass for words of wisdom by the fools around him.


The greatest of all sins is stupidity.

Oscar Wilde

The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.

Arthur Schopenhauer

The idea of marrying a doll or a fool was always abhorrent to me. I know that a pretty doll, a fair fool, might do well enough for the honeymoon; but when passion cooled, how dreadful to find a lump of wax and wood laid in my bossom, a half-idiot clasped in my arms, and to remember that I had made of this my equal – nay, my idol – to know that I must pass the rest of my dreary life with a creature incapable of understanding what I said, of appreciating what I thought, or of sympathising with what I felt!

William Crimsworth
The Professor
Charlotte Brontë

The joke is the weapon of the witty; being serious is the shield of the stupid.


The more stupid the child the dearer it is.

The most stupid chicken always challenges the wildcat.

Bantu proverb

The only stupid question is the one that is not asked.

The only stupid question is the question you don’t ask.

The only thing that ever consoles man for the stupid things he does is the praise he always gives himself for doing them.

Oscar Wilde

The only way to comprehend what mathematicians mean by Infinity is to contemplate the extent of human stupidity.


The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

Northanger Abbey
Jane Austen

The problem with educating stupid people was that they didn't know they were stupid. The same went for curing crazy people.

Chuck Palahniuk

The problem with the world is that everyone does not have a brain, but everyone does have a tongue.

Raheel Farooq

The question now is: Can we understand our stupidity? This is a test of intellect, not of character.

John King Fairbank

The real war is not between the West and the East. The real war is between intelligent and stupid people.

Marjane Satrapi

The secret of the demagogue is to make himself as stupid as his audience so they believe they are clever as he.
Karl Kraus

Karl Krauss

The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a clever woman to manage a fool.

Rudyard Kipling

The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.

Thomas Szasz

The thing about religion is that everybody else's always appears stupid.

Dave Barry

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.

Bertrand Russell

The two most abundant things in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity.

Harlan Ellison

The ugly and the stupid have the best of it in this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play. If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat.

Oscar Wilde

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.

Herbert Spencer
English Philosopher (1820-1903)

The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.


There are more fools in the world than there are people.

Heinrich Heine

There are only two races on this planet-the intelligent and the stupid.

John Fowles

There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.

Oscar Wilde

There is no cure for stupid wives and willful children.

Chinese proverb

There is no fool like an old fool.

There is no sin except stupidity.

Oscare Wilde

To be clever enough to get all the money, one must be stupid enough to want it.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

To be stupid and selfish and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless.

Gustave Flaubert

Too clever is stupid.

Unintelligent people always look for a scapegoat.

Ernest Bevin

Unless one pretends to be stupid and deaf, it is difficult to be a mother-in-law or father-in-law.

Chinese proverb

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.

Benjamin Franklin

We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity.

Stephen Hawking

We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already.

G.C. Lichtenberg

We never really know what stupidity is until we have experimented on ourselves.

Paul Gauguin

We were idiots really, but awfully happy, too.

The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island
Bill Bryson

When a finger is pointing at the moon, the fool looks at the finger.

Chinese proverb

When a fool is told a proverb, its meaning has to be explained to him.

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.

George Bernard Shaw

When love is not madness, it is not love.

Pedro Calderon de la Barca

When the Spaniard sings he is either stupid or without money.

Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.

Oscar Wilde

Who is stupid in the morning will be stupid in the evening.

Wisdom is a form of stupidity.


Wisdom is born; stupidity is learned.

Wise men create proverbs and fools repeat them.

Samuel Palmer

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.


Wise people are foolish if they cannot adapt to foolish people.


Without fools the rest of us could not succeed.

Mark Twain

Women sometimes make fools of men, but most guys are the do-it-yourself type


You are learning all your life and you die stupid.

You can’t be the head of a family unless you show yourself both stupid and deaf.

You even called me stupid in your verse, and I’m almost agreeing, for where stupidity is involved, you are quite an expert, friend.

Franz Grillparzer

You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

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