Gullibility Quotes

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Khaled Hosseini
“And that's the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.”
Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

George Carlin
“Tell people there's an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority will believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure.”
George Carlin

G.K. Chesterton
“Do not be so open-minded that your brains fall out.”
G.K. Chesterton

E.B. White
“Trust me, Wilbur. People are very gullible. They'll believe anything they see in print.”
E.B. White, Charlotte's Web

H.L. Mencken
“I am suspicious of all the things that the average people believes.”
H.L. Mencken

Thomas Jefferson
“The hocus-pocus phantasm of a God like another Cerberus, with one body and three heads, had its birth and growth in the blood of thousands and thousands of martyrs... In fact, the Athanasian paradox that one is three, and three but one, is so incomprehensible to the human mind, that no candid man can say he has any idea of it, and how can he believe what presents no idea? He who thinks he does, only deceives himself. He proves, also, that man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without a rudder, is the sport of every wind. With such persons, gullibility which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason, and the mind becomes a wreck.

[Letter to James Smith discussing Jefferson's hate of the doctrine of the Christian trinity, December 8 1822]”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

Lionel Shriver
“You can call it innocence, or you can call it gullibility, but Celia made the most common mistake of the good-hearted: she assumed that everyone else was just like her.”
Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin

“youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.”

Christopher Moore
“Sarcasm will make your tits fall off.”
Christopher Moore, Fool

Shel Silverstein
“Teddy said it was a hat, So I put it on. Now dad is saying, "where the heck's the toilet plunger gone?”
Shel Silverstein

H.L. Mencken
“No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have searched the record for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people.”
H.L. Mencken, Gist of Mencken

Jefferson Smith
“You can't believe everything people tell you - not even if those people are your own brain.”
Jefferson Smith, Strange Places

Erik Pevernagie
“Let us not be content with merely ‘formatting’ generations, but instead, focus on cultivating and enlightening them, ensuring independent thinking where acceptance is in pace with challenge and trust steers clear of gullibility. ("Skyward, over and above")”
Erik Pevernagie

Hugh Howey
“It's because fear sells. It's because war is sport. And it's also very good business.”
Hugh Howey, Beacon 23

“Well, if she was dumb enough to marry you, she'll believe anything.”
Oliver Hardy

Christopher Hitchens
“We have known for a long time that Prince Charles' empty sails are so rigged as to be swelled by any passing waft or breeze of crankiness and cant. He fell for the fake anthropologist Laurens van der Post. He was bowled over by the charms of homeopathic medicine. He has been believably reported as saying that plants do better if you talk to them in a soothing and encouraging way.”
Christopher Hitchens

Angelica Hopes
“The tendency to trust easily anyone gives way to a certain vulnerability.”
Angelica Hopes, Landscapes of a Heart, Whispers of a Soul

Christopher Hitchens
“In the controversy that followed the prince's remarks, his most staunch defender was professor John Taylor, a scholar whose work I had last noticed when he gave good reviews to the psychokinetic (or whatever) capacities of the Israeli conjuror and fraud Uri Geller. The heir to the throne seems to possess the ability to surround himself—perhaps by some mysterious ultramagnetic force?—with every moon-faced spoon-bender, shrub-flatterer, and water-diviner within range.”
Christopher Hitchens

Agatha Christie
“W: Nobody's so gullible as scientists. All the phony mediums say so. Can't quite see why.

J: Oh, yes, it would be so. They think they know, you see. That's always dangerous.

~Wharton; Jessop”
Agatha Christie, Destination Unknown

Robert Penn Warren
“I suppose that Willie had his natural quota of ordinary suspicion and caginess, but those things tend to evaporate when what people tell you is what you want to hear.”
Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men

David  Wong
“Gullibility is a knife at the throat of civilization.”
David Wong

“Nationalism, tribalism & patriotism are the playthings of the ignorant and abhorrent.”

Abraham Lincoln
“Don't believe everything you read on the internet.”
Abraham Lincoln

Valentin Rasputin
“Believe them and they'll tell you all sorts of things.”
Valentin Rasputin, Live and Remember

Christa Wolf
“Besides, my confidence that every person can be cured of his or her false beliefs through evidence has meanwhile significantly diminished. Oh, Mr. Brecht, I often think, people can really see an apple fall to the ground an simultaneously believe it when someone claims: It isn't falling. And there it is still the matter of more obvious natural laws!”
Christa Wolf, Ein Tag im Jahr

Norman Partridge
“You can remember how it was, because you weren't really any different. You could believe the things that people told you, too. Their words were gospel, and you trusted them. You believed because you were sixteen…or seventeen…or eighteen. You believed because your dreams had started running up against the Line like it was a brick wall that didn't have a single crack. And you believed—most of all—because you had to. You needed to believe that someone could get out of this town, same way you needed to believe that that someone just might be you.
And you held onto that belief. You had to. You held on, and it saw you through the Run, saw you crowned the winner. And it saw you down the black road to a cleared patch of dirt in a cornfield, a spot where Jerry Ricks's Smith & Wesson took all your dreams away.”
Norman Partridge, Dark Harvest

Terry Eagleton
“Goodness in the form of innocence can render you a pray to others. In a predatory world , it is not always easy to distinguish virtue from guillibility. This is one reason why there is something quaint as well as imposing about the word 'virtue'.”
Terry Eagleton, Culture

Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
“Nature wants to propogate our race. What else would it want. We, however, are vain and gullible enough to convince ourselves that it has our happiness in mind.”
Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Love. The Legacy of Cain

Ngaio Marsh
“... In our midst—in our very midst, Matron—are secret agents, secret societies, powers of evil known to the Yard but unsuspected by the general public. Mercifully so." He stopped short, folded his arms, and wondered how much of this the woman would swallow. Apparently the whole dose.”
Ngaio Marsh, The Nursing Home Murder

Valentin Rasputin
“Believe them and they'll you all sorts of things.”
Valentin Rasputin, Live and Remember

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