Quotes and Sayings about Dumb
"Consultants have credibility because they are not dumb enough to work at your company."
- Scott Adams
(Related: Work, Company, Credibility, Dumb)
"No harm comes to man from outside alone: dumbness is the objective spirit."
- Theodor Adorno
(Related: Harm, Man, Spirit)
"I really can't complain about actresses who get paid to be dumb. Most of us can't get paid to be smart."
- Aaron Allston
"Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: Nature, Society, Animals, Dumb, Fools)
"I do dumb stuff, like playing my favorite dumb Barry White song and lip-synching into the mirror so it looks like his voice is coming out of my mouth."
- Lynda Barry
(Related: Dumb, Favorite, Song, Voice)
"Without philosophy, history is always for me dead and dumb."
- Ferdinand Christian Baur
(Related: History, Dumb, Philosophy)
"When I saw Arnold say that he didn't need a union, because people in his position don't need it, I thought, this is a very naive way to present yourself. It's also kinda dumb about making movies. It doesn't realize how the union movement even helps the star."
- Warren Beatty
(Related: Movies, Thought, People, Dumb, Present)
"The biggest threat to McDonald's lies within - and that is us as a company becoming complacent. There are a lot of companies that get fat, dumb and happy and take their eye off the ball and forget about serving customers."
- Charlie Bell
(Related: Company, Dumb, Eye, Forget, Lies)
"Generally speaking, actors are allowed NO input. Actors are dumb."
- Dirk Benedict
(Related: Actors, Dumb)
"I'm generally pessimistic about the dumbing down of America - especially with summer movies."
- Elmer Bernstein
(Related: Movies, America, Summer)
"You have to get the audience invested even if you're doing something that they think is dumb, it's kind of what these movies are all about."
- Halle Berry
(Related: Movies, Dumb)
"The movie Spinal Tap rocked my world. It's for rock what The Sound of Music was for hills. They really nailed how dumb rock can be."
- Jack Black
(Related: Music, Dumb, Sound, World)
"I may be dumb, but I'm not stupid."
- Terry Bradshaw
(Related: Dumb, May)
"Most beautiful dumb girls think they are smart and get away with it, because other people, on the whole, aren't much smarter."
- Louise Brooks
(Related: People, Dumb, Girls)
"God hears no more than the heart speaks; and if the heart be dumb, God will certainly be deaf."
- Thomas Brooks
(Related: God, Heart, Dumb, Will)
"Outside of dumb luck, the number one way serial killers are caught is through the help of the public."
- Pat Brown
(Related: Dumb, Help, Luck, Public)
"Girls have an unfair advantage over men: if they can't get what they want by being smart, they can get it by being dumb."
- Yul Brynner
(Related: Being, Dumb, Girls, Want)
"It was the dumbest thing I had ever seen, but it's a family thing, and I guess it's clean."
- Barbara Bush
"When I was 18, I thought my father was pretty dumb. After a while when I got to be 21, I was amazed to find out how much he'd learned in three years."
- Frank Butler
(Related: Father, Thought, Dumb, Pretty, Years)
"I don't think you need to dumb down to a child, you merely have to be clear, you know?"
- Mary Chapin Carpenter
"When the first big paycheque with 'Dumb And Dumber' hit, I went: 'Gosh, I wonder if this will affect my performance. Will I do a take and think, was that worth $7 million?' But that never happened. If anything, it made me rebel against that thing when people who get rich start playing it safe."
- Jim Carrey
(Related: People, Performance, First, Will, Wonder, Worth)
"Everybody started saying, well, this cat's not as dumb as people think he is."
- David Allan Coe
(Related: People, Dumb, Saying)
"I appreciated and respected kids who asked questions. They didn't do it to get attention, but because they were interested. Kids who didn't want to look dumb seemed like scared little rabbits."
- Henry Cole
(Related: Attention, Dumb, Kids, Questions, Want)
"On their own merits modest men are dumb."
- George Colman
(Related: Men, Dumb)
"One of the dumber things my manager said was, Stick to the melody. But I can't."
- Shawn Colvin
"Liberals become indignant when you question their patriotism, but simultaneously work overtime to give terrorists a cushion for the next attack and laugh at dumb Americans who love their country and hate the enemy."
- Ann Coulter
(Related: Love, Work, Patriotism, Americans, Country, Dumb, Enemy, Hate, Liberals, Question)
"The dumber you are on court, the better you're going to play."
- Jim Courier
(Related: Court, Play)
"Most of the hotel gym's are not adequate. I mean you might be able to train your arms, but you aren't going to be able to train legs, back, or even chest if they don't have dumbbells and benches."
- Warren Cuccurullo
"I always said you have to be really smart or really dumb to play this game well. I just don't know where I fit in."
- Beth Daniel
(Related: Dumb, Play)
"Striving to tell his woes, words would not come; For light cares speak, when mighty griefs are dumb."
- Samuel Daniel
(Related: Dumb, Light, Words)
"I did a terrible television pilot that was so badly written and dumb that it became a turning point for me and I decided that I would never accept a job just because I needed the money."
- Fran Drescher
(Related: Money, Dumb, Job, Television)
"Pretend to be dumb, that's the only way to reach old age."
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
(Related: Age, Dumb, Old)
"The good of a book lies in its being read. A book is made up of signs that speak of other signs, which in their turn speak of things. Without an eye to read them, a book contains signs that produce no concepts; therefore it is dumb."
- Umberto Eco
(Related: Being, Dumb, Eye, Lies)
"I'm stupid, I'm ugly, I'm dumb, I smell. Did I mention I'm stupid?"
(Related: Dumb, Ugly)
"I mean, Eighteen years old is the age of consent in Europe and you can go anywhere and do anything you like. In America, it is dumb. At eighteen you should be able to do anything that you like, except get married."
- John Entwistle
(Related: Age, America, Dumb, Europe, Old, Years)
"Well, first I studied piano. I wasn't very satisfied because I though my teachers were dumb... and repressive."
- Luc Ferrari
(Related: Dumb, First, Teachers)
"I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy."
- Richard P. Feynman
(Related: Dumb, Problems)
"I always said it was to be dumb enough to do what Marlon Perkins said to do."
- Jim Fowler
"It's a dumb question, because I don't look at things as a black director, just as a director, so ask me as a director first and we can segue into the colour thing later."
- Antoine Fuqua
(Related: Dumb, First, Question)
"When Andy died, I just drank to dumb my mind."
- Maurice Gibb
(Related: Dumb, Mind)
"When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?"
- Khalil Gibran
(Related: Work, Music, Heart, Dumb)
"Hollywood has the idea that movies have to be dumb. But especially movies for or about teenagers have to be really dumb!"
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt
(Related: Movies, Idea, Dumb, Hollywood, Teenagers)
"Would it not be much better to have a president who deliberately lied to the people because he thought a war was essential than to have one who was so dumb as to be taken in by intelligence agencies, especially those who told him what he wanted to hear?"
- Andrew Greeley
(Related: Intelligence, War, Thought, People, Dumb, President)
"Innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm."
- Graham Greene
(Related: Dumb, Harm, Innocence, Meaning, World)
"Innocence always calls mutely for protection when we would be so much wiser to guard ourselves against it: innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm."
- Graham Greene
(Related: Dumb, Harm, Innocence, Meaning, Protection, World)
"I do know dumb-ass questions when I see dumb-ass questions."
- Orrin Hatch
(Related: Dumb, Questions)
"Ditzy dumb blonde? I can be ditzy. I can be."
- Goldie Hawn
"To make us a terrorist target in a region that is full of terrorism is dumb and unforgiveable."
- John Hewson
(Related: Dumb, Terrorism)
"I'm not the same person I was. I used to act dumb. It was an act. I am 26 years old, and that act is no longer cute. It is not who I am, nor do I want to be that person for the young girls who looked up to me. I know now that I can make a difference, that I have the power to do that."
- Paris Hilton
(Related: Power, Act, Cute, Difference, Dumb, Girls, Now, Old, Want, Years)
"You have to be smart to play a dumb blonde over and over again and keep the audience's attention without extraordinary physical equipment."
- Judy Holliday
(Related: Attention, Dumb, Play)
"They are damn good projects - excellent projects. That goes for all the projects up there. You know some people make fun of people who speak a foreign language, and dumb people criticize something they do not understand, and that is what is going on up there - God damn it!"
- Harry Hopkins
(Related: God, People, Dumb, Fun, Language, Projects)
"Maybe these kids are just too young and too dumb to know about the first 13. Maybe they can't comprehend that the Braves have only won one World Series in those 13 years."
- Tim Hudson
(Related: Dumb, First, Kids, World, Years)
"You know, people think you have to be dumb to skip rope for 45 minutes. No, you have to be able to imagine something else. While you're skipping rope, you have to be able to see something else."
- John Irving
(Related: People, Dumb)
"The standardization of world culture, with local popular or traditional forms driven out or dumbed down to make way for American television, American music, food, clothes and films, has been seen by many as the very heart of globalization."
- Fredric Jameson
(Related: Food, Music, Heart, American, Clothes, Culture, Globalization, Popular, Television, World)
"None of us are really dumb and none of us are really smart. We're in the middle."
- Daniel Johns
"Jerry Ford is so dumb he can't fart and chew gum at the same time."
- Lyndon B. Johnson
(Related: Time, Dumb)
"You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy."
- Erica Jong
(Related: Women, Dumb, Woman)
"Heaven is dumb, echoing only the dumb."
- Franz Kafka
(Related: Dumb, Heaven)
"I started realizing that I wasn't so dumb; rather, most people simply didn't know the answers to the questions that I was interested in-or they didn't care."
- Dean Kamen
(Related: People, Answers, Care, Dumb, Questions)
"I remember working with Rod, though, on Chrysler Hour. I was too young and dumb to know that I was supposed to be scared of anybody or anything - like getting fired or anything like that."
- Sally Kellerman
"I am dumb when it comes to learning dance steps."
- Mia Kirshner
(Related: Dance, Dumb, Learning)
"I don't have to wait until the next morning to regret something I did that was kinda dumb."
- Bobby Knight
(Related: Dumb, Regret)
"So many shows out there dumb-down the country. It's so admirable to be part of a show that wants people to think."
- David Krumholtz
(Related: People, Country, Dumb)
"Blonde is dumb comedy, red hair is smart, sexy comedy."
- Lisa Kudrow
(Related: Comedy, Dumb, Hair)
"I'd played dumbasses a lot. On Mad About You, I played a very dumb waitress and they saw me."
- Lisa Kudrow
"More than anything else, we need in this society the opportunity for people to tell us what they think without being told that they're either dumb, or stupid, or uninformed."
- Brian Lamb
(Related: Society, People, Opportunity, Being, Dumb)
"He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed word can strike dumb the loquacious, is a genius or a hero."
- Johann Kaspar Lavater
(Related: Genius, Dumb, Word)
"But you know, my dad called me the laziest white kid he ever met. When I screamed back at him that he was putting down a race of people to call me lazy, his answer was that's not what he was doing, and that I was also the dumbest white kid he ever met."
- Norman Lear
(Related: Dad, People, Race)
"I'm dumbfounded, but nothing surprises me in this game."
- Francis Lee
(Related: Nothing, Surprises)
"I was probably the first kid in my high school to go to Yale. I applied almost as a lark. Then, when I got there, I was the dumbest person in your class."
- Maya Lin
(Related: Class, First, School)
"I was too dumb to know Opie was going to grow up to be a great Director, if so, boy, I would certainly have become his best friend."
- George Lindsey
(Related: Friend, Dumb)
"Newspapermen ask dumb questions. They look up at the sun and ask if it is shining."
- Sonny Liston
(Related: Dumb, Questions, Sun)
"I'm a giraffe. I even walk like a giraffe with a long neck and legs. It's a pretty dumb animal, mind you."
- Sophia Loren
(Related: Dumb, Mind, Pretty)
"Drugs have nothing to do with the creation of music. In fact, they are dumb and self indulgent. Kind of like sucking your thumb!"
- Courtney Love
(Related: Music, Creation, Drugs, Dumb, Fact, Nothing, Self)
"Only dumb people are happy."
- Courtney Love
(Related: People, Dumb)
"Kurt had this dumb suicidal ideation - that's what I called it. I thought if we could live through this, we could live through anything."
- Courtney Love
(Related: Thought, Dumb)
"Men who are in prison for rape think it's the dumbest thing that ever happened... they were put in jail for something very little different from what most men do most of the time and call it sex. The only difference is they got caught. It may also be true."
- Catharine MacKinnon
(Related: Men, Time, Sex, Difference, May, Prison)
"Dumbo... makes me cry. Every single time and in the exact same spot. I just have a special affection for Dumbo."
- Leonard Maltin
(Related: Time, Affection)
"Watch me when people say deaf and dumb, or deaf mute, and I give them a look like you might get if you called Denzel Washington the wrong name."
- Marlee Matlin
(Related: People, Dumb, Name, Washington, Wrong)
"Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it's important."
- Eugene McCarthy
(Related: Politics, Being, Coach, Dumb, Football)
"However, we couldn't focus on the films much during the series because we're dumb. Individually we're smart guys, but together we're one big dumb guy, and couldn't concentrate on two things at once."
- Bruce McCulloch
(Related: Dumb, Focus)
"We have to confront the very scary fact that the president is a moron. He's really dumb."
- Aaron McGruder
(Related: Dumb, Fact, President)
"As the world gets dumber and dumber, I feel more and more at home."
- Peter McWilliams
(Related: Home, World)
"I went to an all-girls pre school where everyone went off to Harvard or Yale, and I had zero interest in doing so. I think they thought I was on drugs. There was a neighboring all-boys school, so we'd get together and do dumb things. It was your typical Catholic-American upbringing."
- Katherine Moennig
(Related: Thought, Drugs, Dumb, Interest, School)
"I'm really, really dumb about describing wine, but I like wine that's full-bodied and dry."
- Esai Morales
(Related: Dumb, Wine)
"Too clever is dumb."
- Ogden Nash
"I may be a dumb blonde, but I'm not that blonde."
- Patricia Neal
(Related: Dumb, May)
"Well, he can't be dumb, I mean, because he's been president for four years and he's president again, so you're going to get caught out if you're really bad, aren't you? Unless millions and millions of Americans are dumb."
- John Newcombe
(Related: Americans, Dumb, President, Years)
"A pas de deux is a dialogue of love. How can there be conversation if one partner is dumb?"
- Rudolf Nureyev
(Related: Love, Conversation, Dumb)
"I don't oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war."
- Barack Obama
(Related: War, Dumb)
"Don't dumb it down. The audience is smart and gets what you are doing."
- Bruce Paltrow
"We made this really dumb decision to put on the cover nothing from South Park but just a real life photo of a piece of pooh dressed up like Mr. Hankey, and a lot of people didn't, they didn't even know what it was."
- Trey Parker
(Related: Life, People, Decision, Dumb, Nothing)
"I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb... and I also know that I'm not blonde."
- Dolly Parton
(Related: Dumb, Jokes)
"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."
- George S. Patton
(Related: War, Country, Dumb, Dying, Poor)
"What we think of as our sensitivity is only the higher evolution of terror in a poor dumb beast. We suffer for nothing. Our own death wish is our only real tragedy."
- Mario Puzo
(Related: Death, Dumb, Evolution, Nothing, Poor, Sensitivity, Terror, Tragedy)
"For it would have been better that man should have been born dumb, nay, void of all reason, rather than that he should employ the gifts of Providence to the destruction of his neighbor."
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian
(Related: Destruction, Dumb, Gifts, Man, Providence, Reason)
"I'm a meathead. I can't help it, man. You've got smart people and you've got dumb people."
- Keanu Reeves
(Related: People, Dumb, Help, Man)
"Everybody says how hard comedy is, but, when it comes time to honor things, whether it's on a weekly critical basis or whether it's award time, at that time of the year, comedy is the poor, dumb child of dramatic work."
- Ivan Reitman
(Related: Time, Work, Comedy, Dumb, Honor, Poor)
"They don't allow you to go any further unless you can do this bomb suit training, because it puts such a mental strain on your spirit. It dumbs you down about 25 to 30 IQ points. You start to hallucinate in the heat inside the suit after 20-30 minutes. So you try not to stay in it too dang long. So the preparation for that - it's either you have it, or you do not."
- Jeremy Renner
(Related: Preparation, Spirit, Training)
"My obstetrician was so dumb that when I gave birth he forgot to cut the cord. For a year that kid followed me everywhere. It was like having a dog on a leash."
- Joan Rivers
"There are dumb actors. But there are dumb politicians and dumb bakers."
- Tim Robbins
(Related: Actors, Dumb, Politicians)
"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the dumbest of you all?"
- Anne Robinson
"Obscenities... I think a lot of dumb people do it because they can't think of what they want to say and they're frustrated. A lot of smart people do it to pretend they aren't very smart - want to be just one of the boys."
- Andy Rooney
(Related: People, Boys, Dumb, Want)
"I never cease being dumbfounded by the unbelievable things people believe."
- Leo Rosten
(Related: People, Being)
"If a man is dumb, someone is going to get the best of him, so why not you? If you don't, you're as dumb as he is."
- Arnold Rothstein
(Related: Dumb, Man)
"Somebody gets to be smart and somebody gets to be dumb. If we win, it'll be because of the president. And if we lose, it'll be because of me."
- Karl Rove
(Related: Dumb, President)
"When I think over what I have said, I envy dumb people."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: People, Dumb, Envy)
"Light troubles speak; the weighty are struck dumb."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Dumb, Light)
"Elvis is not so difficult as Johnny Cash because his voice is so distinctive. If you try to copy Johnny Cash, it's just going to sound dumb."
- Brian Setzer
(Related: Dumb, Sound, Voice)
"We're not going to dumb down for them. They have to move up. They're the network and we're the show."
- Alia Shawkat
(Related: Dumb, Network)
"The last president we had was the smartest guy anyone could remember and he did the dumbest thing anyone has ever seen in the White House so go figure."
- Harry Shearer
"Half of being smart is knowing what you are dumb about."
- Solomon Short
(Related: Being, Dumb)
"Movie SF is, by definition, dumbed down - there have only been three or four SF movies in the history of film that aspire to the complexity of literary SF."
- Dan Simmons
(Related: History, Movies, Complexity, Film, Literary)
"I think there's a difference between ditzy and dumb. Dumb is just not knowing. Ditzy is having the courage to ask!"
- Jessica Simpson
(Related: Courage, Difference, Dumb)
"The dumbing down of the country reflects itself on Broadway. The shows get dumber, and the public gets used to them."
- Stephen Sondheim
(Related: Country, Public)
"I know a lot of people think I'm dumb. Well, at least I ain't no educated fool."
- Leon Spinks
(Related: People, Dumb, Fool)
"Nothing is the destiny of everyone, it is our commonness made dumb."
- Mark Strand
(Related: Destiny, Dumb, Nothing)
"Everything was my fault. I was so dumb. But if I hadn't made the mistakes I made, I wouldn't have met the wonderful woman I've been married to for over 30 years, so I guess that makes the mistakes OK."
- Donald Sutherland
(Related: Dumb, Fault, Mistakes, Woman, Years)
"She said 'I'm by commission. You don't have to pay anything until you sell anything.' I said, 'Well fine. You want to be my agent and not make anything.' I thought, 'Boy, is she dumb.'"
- Amy Tan
(Related: Thought, Dumb, Want)
"I don't believe in elitism. I don't think the audience is this dumb person lower than me. I am the audience."
- Quentin Tarantino
"If someone's dumb enough to offer me a million dollars to make a picture, I'm certainly not dumb enough to turn it down."
- Elizabeth Taylor
"I had to go to a mirror and look at it. I couldn't picture myself in my own head. I had no image beyond a stick figure. I wasn't a mean person as a kid, or dumb, and something has to be said to justify excluding you."
- Uma Thurman
"You're dumber than you think I think you are."
- Robert Towne
"Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill."
- Barbara Tuchman
(Related: History, Science, Thought, Civilization, Books, Dumb, Literature)
"The United States has got some of the dumbest people in the world. I want you to know that we know that."
- Ted Turner
(Related: People, states, United, Want, World)
"It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions."
- Mark Twain
(Related: Dumb, Man, Perceptions, Vanity)
"The teacher that I was for decades, and that I still am in a certain way, wondered what was meant by the word education. I was truly dumbfounded at the very thought of dealing with such an essential and extensive subject."
- Abdoulaye Wade
(Related: Education, Thought, Word)
"I've actually become much, much dumber through being married and having these children. I find that I'm not half as sharp that I once was. I can't even help them with their 4th and 5th grade vocabulary and math work at this point."
- Patrick Warburton
(Related: Work, Being, Children, Help, Vocabulary)
"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."
- George Washington
(Related: Dumb, Freedom, May, Sheep, Speech)
"I was so wild and crazy and dumb in my car. It didn't run but 30 miles an hour. You made do."
- Muddy Waters
(Related: Car, Dumb)
"I'm not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information."
- Bill Watterson
(Related: Dumb, Information)
"With the exception of the New York Times, Fox news, and Lou Dobbs of CNN, and talk radio, the rest of the mainstream media has basically been silenced like a bunch of dumb monkeys."
- Curt Weldon
(Related: Dumb, Media, News, Rest, Talk)
"Did you ever stop to think why cops are always famous for being dumb? Simple. Because they don't have to be anything else."
- Orson Welles
(Related: Being, Dumb, Famous)
"Only very intelligent people don't wish they were in politics, and I'm dumb enough to want to be in there."
- Orson Welles
(Related: Politics, People, Dumb, Want)
"I hate it when people talk about Buffy as being campy... I hate camp, I don't enjoy dumb TV. I believe Aaron Spelling has single-handedly lowered SAT scores."
- Joss Whedon
(Related: People, Being, Dumb, Hate, Spelling, Talk)
"I was deaf and dumb and blind to all but me, myself and I."
- Loretta Young
(Related: Blind, Dumb)
"I have been primarily interested in how and why ordinary people do unusual things, things that seem alien to their natures. Why do good people sometimes act evil? Why do smart people sometimes do dumb or irrational things?"
- Philip Zimbardo
(Related: People, Act, Dumb, Evil)
"I've always thought those guys are really funny. And I love Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin and Mary."
- David Zucker
(Related: Love, Funny, Thought, Dumb)