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.


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.

29 thoughts on “QUOTING THE QUOTE

  1. Garry Armstrong January 27, 2016 / 11:47 am

    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.


  2. Sean Munger January 27, 2016 / 11:48 am

    This quote is not only great practical advice, it’s an ironclad axiom of historical interpretation as well!


    • Marilyn Armstrong January 27, 2016 / 2:54 pm

      Yes, though I hadn’t thought of it that way. Stubborn stupidity has doomed entire civilizations.


  3. kirizar January 27, 2016 / 11:56 am

    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.


  4. swo8 January 27, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    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.


  5. Raewyn's Photos January 27, 2016 / 2:10 pm

    There is always the Forrest Gump line – ‘stupid is as stupid does’


    • Marilyn Armstrong January 27, 2016 / 2:51 pm

      Yup, only Garry always says “pretty is as pretty does” because for him, dumb trumps pretty. He likes “smart.”

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  6. momshieb January 27, 2016 / 9:56 pm

    Time to imagine it, my friend……


    • Marilyn Armstrong January 27, 2016 / 11:33 pm

      Not yet. I’m still waiting for the GOP to implode and cancel each other out. I think there’s a good chance of a good old-fashioned political feeding frenzy.


      • momshieb January 28, 2016 / 8:45 am

        Wouldn’t THAT be fun? (I definitely have my dark side…..)


        • Marilyn Armstrong January 28, 2016 / 10:48 am

          I think we all have a dark side … and YES. It would be more popular than the Super Bowl!


  7. lifelessons January 27, 2016 / 11:55 pm

    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.


    • Marilyn Armstrong January 28, 2016 / 11:01 am

      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?


  8. omniclassic January 28, 2016 / 12:13 am

    I don’t remember who first said this but I love it; “Your arms are too short to box with God”


    • Marilyn Armstrong January 28, 2016 / 10:58 am

      That IS a good one and I’ve never heard it before. Excellent. I think I’ll steal it!


  9. LensScaper January 28, 2016 / 1:56 pm

    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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