QUOTING THE QUOTE

Since pretty much everyone has a favorite quote, I’m happy to tell you mine. It is both funny and a good reminder to not always assume that someone is out to get me.

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. — Robert Hanlon

What seems incredibly stupid is most likely not a cabal or a plot. Much more likely that it is stupidity or ignorance. Because malice requires intent and planning, but stupid comes naturally.

Not that I don’t believe in evil people out to get me or you. There are more than enough mean people, trolls, rumor-mongers, and ill-wishers. Occasionally, the “bad guys” intrude on my world.

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Mostly, you get ignorance from people who ought to know better, but are unwilling to learn. Stupidity is special to those too dumb or thick-witted to learn.

I use this quote as the signature line on my email. I just never imagined “stupid” would be a potential leader of my country.

Never imagined that part.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. Retired! Yay!

29 thoughts on “QUOTING THE QUOTE”

  1. I never imagined stupid would have such legs. To be fair, stupid is the legion of morons giving longevity to this person in the national political spotlight.
    I hope he doesn’t get elected, but nominated really good.

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  2. In keeping with the ‘politics shall doom us all’ I will post my favorite quote:

    “Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair.” Ozymandias, Percy Bysshe Shelley

    It’s about the hubris of leaders who believe they are all-powerful, all-conquering, and invincible. Here’s hoping Trump meets the same comeuppance as Ozmandias.

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  3. My quote would be – “he who does nothing never makes a mistake” . Don’t know who said it, but one is also inclined to make a few stupid mistakes along the way.
    Leslie

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  4. Ha!!! How “you” this quote is, Marilyn. Of course, I don’t mean you are either stupid or malicious–I mean it just seems to be a perfect expression of your point of view. Claro–.because you chose it!! So much for stating the obvious.

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    1. I’ve always liked it. It explains so much. Because sometimes, when I think the world is ganging up on me, I realize “the world” is stupid and that would require way too much planning for “them.” Whoever “they” are.

      I’ve been asking who “they” are since I was a kid. Anyone have an answer yet?

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  5. Great quotes. Here’s another that I used to quote to some of my patients who were getting older and more sedentary and giving up: ‘use it or lose it’. Always spoken in the kindest of ways, I assure you!

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