„Bans are laws for the stupid.“
— Elena Kagan Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1960
Widely reported as having been said by Kagan during the Supreme Court oral argument in the Citizens United case in September, 2009; however, this quote does not appear in the actual transcript of the oral argument http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/08-205[Reargued].pdf.
„You know why I am a prisoner—because the laws are so stupid that we prefer to break them than to live by them, although it means life-long imprisonment.“
— Brian W. Aldiss British science fiction author 1925 - 2017
“Man on Bridge” p. 87
„Each year at springtime scores of people on snowmobiles crash through the melting ice on the lakes of Minnesota and drown. Pressure is mounting on the new governor to pass a protective law. He, the former wrestler and bodyguard, has the only sage answer to this: "You can´t legislate stupidity."“
— Werner Herzog German film director, producer, screenwriter, actor and opera director 1942
„We live in a society where there is no law in making money in the promulgation of ignorance or, in some cases, stupidity. There are a lot of things you can say never happened. You can go as relatively quasi-harmless as saying no one went to the moon. But you also can say that the Holocaust never happened.“
— Tom Hanks American actor 1956
At the November 2002 Cape Canaveral premiere of the IMAX version of Apollo 13. Associated Press: Hoaxers vs. Rocket Scientists: Even NASA unsure how to counter claims of faked moon landings, December 21, 2002.
„I've lived most of my entire adult life outside the law, and never have I compromised with authority. But neither have I gone out and picked fights with authority. That's stupid.“
— Tom Robbins American writer 1936
Context: I set an example. That's all anyone can do. I'm sorry the cowgirls didn't pay better attention, but I couldn't force them to notice me. I've lived most of my entire adult life outside the law, and never have I compromised with authority. But neither have I gone out and picked fights with authority. That's stupid. They're waiting for that; they invite it; it helps keep them powerful. Authority is to be ridiculed, outwitted and avoided. And it's fairly easy to do all three. If you believe in peace, act peacefully; if you believe in love, acting lovingly; if you believe every which way, then act every which way, that's perfectly valid — but don't go out trying to sell your beliefs to the system. You end up contradicting what you profess to believe in, and you set a bum example. If you want to change the world, change yourself.
„There’s an old saying in politics: anyone dumb enough to run for the job probably is too stupid to have it.“
— Ralph Klein Canadian politician 1942 - 2013
„"Oh," the figure settled back down, "those reasons. Well, yes. Clever, even. But still profoundly stupid."“
— Steven Erikson Canadian fantasy author 1959
„There was an attraction at first that Mr Baldwin should not be clever. But when he forever sentimentalises about his own stupidity, the charm is broken.“
— John Maynard Keynes British economist 1883 - 1946
Skidelsky (1992:232) quoting Keynes Papers PS/6
„More computing sins are committed in the name of efficiency (without necessarily achieving it) than for any other single reason - including blind stupidity.“
— William Wulf American computer scientist 1939
"A Case Against the GOTO," Proceedings of the 25th National ACM Conference, August 1972, pp. 791-97.
„In explaining any puzzling Washington phenomenon, always choose stupidity over conspiracy, incompetence over cunning. Anything else gives them too much credit.“
— Charles Krauthammer American journalist 1950
Column, October 19, 2007, "Pelosi’s Armenian Gambit" http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/krauthammer101907.php3 at jewishworldreview.com.
— William Saroyan, Madness in the Family: Stories