— Anthony Robbins Author, actor, professional speaker 1960
„It is not just power, but impotence, that corrupts people. It gives them the mind and soul of slaves. It makes them indifferent, lazy, cynical, irresponsible, and, above all, stupid.“
Escape from Childhood (1974).
„Idleness, indifference and irresponsibility are healthy responses to absurd work… If you want people motivated to do a good job, give them a good job to do.“
— Frederick Herzberg American psychologist 1923 - 2000
Frederick Herzberg in: Alfie Kohn (1999), Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, ... p. 205
„When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent.“
— Arsène Wenger French footballer and manager 1949
On José Mourinho, (November 2005) http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/a/arsenal/4398238.stm
Kontext: He's out of order, disconnected with reality and disrespectful. When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent.
„[Government] control gives rise to fraud, suppression of truth, intensification of the black market and artificial scarcity. Above all, it unmans the people and deprives them of initiative, it undoes the teaching of self-help…It makes them spoon-fed.“
— Махатма Ганди pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism during British-ruled India 1869 - 1948
Delhi Diary (3 November 1947 entry), Navajivan Publishing House, Ahmedabad, (March 1948) pp. 68-70
„Requiring governments to make all publicly held information and data available to people — thus giving citizens a powerful tool to expose corruption — is just one aspect of the accountability revolution that can be unleashed if the report’s recommendations are implemented in full.“
— Tawakkol Karman Yemeni journalist, politician, human rights activist, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient 1979
2000s, Youth Q&A on the U.N. High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Agenda Report (2009)
„Now answer me this. Do you think that the same holds of horses? Do people in general improve them, whereas one particular person corrupts them or makes them worse? Or is it wholly the opposite: one particular person - or the very few who are horse trainers - is able to improve them, whereas the majority of people, if they have to do with horses and make use of them, make them worse? Isn't that true, Meletus, both of horses and of all other animals? Of course it is, whether you and Anytus say so or not. Indeed, our young people are surely in a very happy situation if only one person corrupts them, whereas all the rest benefit them.“
— Socrates classical Greek Athenian philosopher -470 - -399 pred n. l.
— David Gemmell, kniha The King Beyond the Gate
Zdroj: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 13
Kontext: And now I am going to tell you a great truth, and if you are wise, you will take it to your heart. All men are stupid. They are full of fear and insecurity— it makes them weak. Always the other man seems stronger, more confident, more capable. It is a lie of the worst kind, for we lie to ourselves... How do you know? You do not! You listened to the voice of your inadequacy, and because you believed, you are in my power. If I draw my sword, you are dead!
„The days hardened with cold and boredom like last year's loaves of bread. One began to cut them with blunt knives without appetite, with a lazy indifference.“
— Bruno Schulz, kniha The Street of Crocodiles
Zdroj: The Street of Crocodiles
„Babies, babies, babies. Why did God make so many babies? But no, God didn't make them. Stupid people made them.“
— Margaret Mitchell, Vom Winde verweht (1937 German edition)
Zdroj: Gone with the Wind
— Christopher Marlowe English dramatist, poet and translator 1564 - 1593
— Kim Stanley Robinson, kniha Green Mars
Green Mars (1993)
„His explanation for the "signs"
I just hate stupid people. They should have to wear signs that say "I'm Stupid". That way you wouldn't rely on them, and you wouldn't ask them for nothing.“
— Bill Engvall American comedian and actor 1957
Here's Your Sign (1996)
Here's Your Sign
„We know now that the soul is the body, and the body the soul. They tell us they are different because they want to persuade us that we can keep our souls if we let them make slaves of our bodies.“
— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
Ellie Dunn, Act II
1910s, Heartbreak House (1919)
„There are some people so stupid you have to show them everything. I didn’t realize that there are people so stupid you can’t show them anything.“
— Murray Leinster, kniha The Pirates of Zan
Zdroj: The Pirates of Zan (1959), Chapter 1
„People who are stupid, unscrupulous, or hypocritical, think that others are just the same. And — this is the real pity — they treat them as if they were.“
— Josemaría Escrivá Spanish theologian 1902 - 1975
The Furrow (1986)
„Was man made stupid to see his own stupidity?
Is God by definition indifferent, beyond us all?
Is the eternal truth man's fighting soul
Wherein the Beast ravens in its own avidity?“
— Richard Eberhart American poet 1904 - 2005
"The Fury of Aerial Bombardment"
„A thought crossed his mind: How do you make poor people feel wealthy when wages are stagnant? You give them cheap loans.“
— Michael Lewis, kniha The Big Short
Zdroj: The Big Short (2010), Chapter One, A Secret Origin Story, p. 14