Idiocy Quotes

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Cassandra Clare
“You're an idiot."
"I've never claimed to be otherwise.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

Bill Maher
“The problem is that the people with the most ridiculous ideas are always the people who are most certain of them."

(The Decider, July 21, 2007)”
Bill Maher

Quentin Crisp
“When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, 'Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?”
Quentin Crisp, The Wit and Wisdom of Quentin Crisp

Jim Butcher
“There's a fine line between audacity and idiocy.”
Jim Butcher, Turn Coat

Erik Pevernagie
“Through their intellectual disability or mental illiteracy, some cannot free themselves from the imprisonment of irrevocable idiocy and feel condemned to find gratifying compensation by extracting the vilest qualities from the deep quarters of their dark self. ("Ugly mug offense")”
Erik Pevernagie

Carl Bernstein
“We are in the process of creating what deserves to be called the idiot culture. Not an idiot sub-culture, which every society has bubbling beneath the surface and which can provide harmless fun; but the culture itself. For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norm, even our cultural ideal.”
Carl Bernstein

Julia Quinn
“Not that I knew who you were until last month. But now that I've got you, I'm not letting you go."
"You're not?"
Blake stared at her in irritated confusion. What was her game? "Do you think I'm an idiot?" he spat out.
"No," she said. "I've just escaped from a den of idiots, so I'm well familiar with the breed, and you're something else entirely. I am, however, hoping you're not a terribly good shot.”
Julia Quinn, To Catch an Heiress

Richard K. Morgan
“You smoke?”
“Smoke? Do I look like a fucking idiot?”
Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon

Patrick Reinken
“Our lives are businesses that are sometimes run by idiots.”
Patrick Reinken, Omicron

Julio Cortázar
“Now that I think about it, it seems to me that’s what Idiocy is: the ability to be enthusiastic all the time about anything you like, so that a drawing on the wall does not have to be diminished by the memory of the frescoes of Giotto in Padua.”
Julio Cortázar, Around the Day in Eighty Worlds

Alfred de Vigny
“To hold power has always meant to manipulate idiots and circumstances; and those circumstances and those idiots, tossed together, bring about those coincidences to which even the greatest men confess they owe most of their fame”
Alfred de Vigny, Stello

“Only idiots are confident. It requires a great amount of wisdom and knowledge to be confused.”
Abhishek Leela Pandey

John Irving
“Six-Pack didn't despise George W. Bush to the degree that Ketchum did, but she thought the president was a smirking twerp and a dumbed-down daddy's boy, and she agreed with Ketchum's assessment that Bush would be as worthless as wet crap in even the smallest crisis. If a fight broke out between two small dogs, for example, Ketchum claimed that Bush would call the fire department and ask them to bring a hose; then the president would position himself at a safe distance from the dogfight, and wait for the firemen to show up. The part Pam liked best about this assessment was that Ketchum said the president would instantly look self-important, and would appear to be actively involved--that is, once the firefighters and their hose arrived, and provided there was anything remaining of the mess the two dogs might have made of each other in the interim.”
John Irving, Last Night in Twisted River

Christopher Hitchens
“The last time that I consciously wrote anything to 'save the honor of the Left', as I rather pompously put it, was my little book on the crookedness and cowardice and corruption (to put it no higher) of Clinton. I used leftist categories to measure him, in other words, and to show how idiotic was the belief that he was a liberal's champion. Again, more leftists than you might think were on my side or in my corner, and the book was published by Verso, which is the publishing arm of the New Left Review. However, if a near-majority of leftists and liberals choose to think that Clinton was the target of a witch-hunt and the victim of 'sexual McCarthyism', an Arkansan Alger Hiss in other words, you become weary of debating on their terms and leave them to make the best of it.”
Christopher Hitchens, Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left

Kerri Maniscalco
“I cannot have men stationed outside the first-class promenade. How will that look to well-paying passengers? This is not a workhouse and I will not treat my passengers like prisoners. They’re not being terrorized with a theatrical murder tonight and I intend to keep it that way. I will not make them suffer.”

I physically had to check to see if my head had exploded from such a ridiculous statement. Gentle prodding of my hair proved my skull was still intact, miracle of all miracles.

“You cannot be serious.” Thomas tossed his hands in the air. “It would seem an awful lot better to have crew members posted along the decks than to see dismembered body parts floating about while first-class patrons made their way to breakfast and tea. ‘Oh, look, Miss Eldridge, there’s a mauled torso. Won’t you pass the cream and sugar?’”

“Don’t be absurd,” the captain said, aghast.

“Apologies,” Thomas said, not sounding at all sorry, “I’m only following your lead.”
Kerri Maniscalco, Escaping from Houdini

Talia Hibbert
“And now she was mortified. She wrapped her blanket tighter around herself, as if she could disappear inside it. This was what came of liking men: rampant idiocy. She opened her mouth and searched for a way to dig
herself out of that particular hole.”
Talia Hibbert, Get a Life, Chloe Brown
tags: idiocy

Mark L. Shurtleff
“A solemn day. Barring a stay by Sup Ct, & with my final nod, Utah will use most extreme power & execute a killer. Mourn his victims. Justice.

[...] I just gave the go ahead to Corrections Director to proceed with Gardner's execution. May God grant him the mercy he denied his victims.

[...] We will be streaming live my press conference as soon as I'm told Gardner is dead. Watch it at www.attorneygeneral.Utah.gov/live.html.”
Mark L. Shurtleff

Mehmet Murat ildan
“It would be a great idiocy not to take fools seriously because fools have the ability to ruin everything even if they have no other abilities!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

“the blindest people think
they can see the most”
Dahi Tamara Koch, Within the event horizon: poetry & prose

“Values we once considered common sense has now been replaced with sheer idiocy.”
Kathy Barnette, Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: Being Black and Conservative in America

C. Wright Mills
“If we accept the Greek’s definition of the idiot as an altogether private man, then we must conclude that many citizens of many societies are indeed idiots.”
C. Wright Mills, The Sociological Imagination

Giannis Delimitsos
“We are all capable of foolishness, it's just that we have a different area of expertise.”
Giannis Delimitsos

Vincent Okay Nwachukwu
“3Stubbornness can be an asset. Tenaciously holding on to one’s views as a result of a more enlightened perspective is positive stubbornness; to do otherwise is tantamount to idiocy.”
Vincent Okay Nwachukwu, Weighty 'n' Worthy African Proverbs - Volume 1

Frank O'Hara
“and do I really want a son
to carry on my idiocy past the Horned Gates”
Frank O'Hara

Ehsan Sehgal
“One cannot surpass the visionary ideas with its idiocy.”
Ehsan Sehgal
tags: idiocy

Robert Charles Wilson
“If the world doesn't come to an end in the next thirty or forty years,' he said, 'we may be facing disaster.”
Robert Charles Wilson, Spin
tags: idiocy

Hope Mirrlees
“And, judging from Dame Jessamine's serene and smiling face, he had succeeded in removing completely the terrible impression produced by her husband's parting words, and in restoring to what she was pleased to call her mind its normal condition, namely that of a kettle that contains just enough water to simmer comfortably over a low fire.”
Hope Mirrlees, Lud-in-the-Mist

Chris Dolley
“We need expert help and Mr Worcester is the soul of discretion."

"It's a consulting detective's middle name," I said. "Sometimes I don't even know what I'm investigating.”
Chris Dolley, Reggiecide

Abhijit Naskar
“Better a marvelheaded idiot than a marbleheaded bigot.”
Abhijit Naskar, Honor He Wrote: 100 Sonnets For Humans Not Vegetables

Stanisław Lem
“You are doing all you can to stay human in an inhuman situation. Noble it may be, but it isn't going to get you anywhere. And I'm not so sure about it being noble-not if it's idiotic at the same time.”
Stanisław Lem, Solaris

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