„You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity.“
— Robert Anson Heinlein, “Logic of Empire”, p. 335; this is one of the earliest known variants of an idea which has become known as Hanlon's razor.
„You have to be very fond of men. Very, very fond. You have to be very fond of them to love them. Otherwise they're simply unbearable.“
— Marguerite Duras French writer and film director 1914 - 1996
„If the hypothesis of evolution is true, living matter must have arisen from non-living matter; for by the hypothesis the condition of the globe was at one time such, that living matter could not have existed in it, life being entirely incompatible with the gaseous state.“
— Thomas Henry Huxley English biologist and comparative anatomist 1825 - 1895
In the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Ninth edition, (1876) Vol. III, "Biology", p. 689. Also quoted in Joseph Cook (1878), Biology, with Preludes on Current Events, Houghton, Osgood, p. 39
— Florence Nightingale English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing 1820 - 1910
As quoted in The Gigantic Book of Teachers' Wisdom (2007) by Frank McCourt and Erin Gruwell, p. 410
— Arthur Conan Doyle, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
— Paul Valéry French poet, essayist, and philosopher 1871 - 1945
Context: Stupidity is not my strong point. I have seen many persons; I have visited several countries; I have taken part in various enterprises without liking them; I have eaten nearly every day; I have had women. I can now recall a few hundred faces, two or three great spectacles, and the substance of perhaps twenty books. I have not retained the best nor the worst of these things: what could stay with me did. Variant translations: Stupidity is not my strong suit.
— Marilyn Manson, The Long Hard Road Out of Hell