„Bans are laws for the stupid.“

—  Henning von Tresckow, 1942. Henning von Tresckow 10.01.1901 – 21.07.1944 von Dr. Hans-Peter Diller, OTA https://web.archive.org/web/20090408164814/http://www.offizierschule-des-heeres.de/tresckowmonografie.htm.
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—  Elena Kagan Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1960
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„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
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„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
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„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
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„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
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„I'll take crazy over stupid any day.“

—  Joss Whedon American director, writer, and producer for television and film 1964