Feeling Stupid? Here Are 50+ Funny, Inspiring Quotes

Here are some funny and inspiring quotes for when you are feeling stupid so that you can feel better or at least get a laugh out of it!

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Do you feel stupid today? Ahhh I’m cringing from even typing this out and asking you this question but if you’re here on this blog post it means that may be the case for you!

So here’s the deal. If ever you are “feeling stupid”, first of all, I’m going to have to ask you to change the way you talk to yourself. You are NOT stupid. Maybe you’re just new at something. Maybe you have a few things to learn. Maybe you’re growing. But you are not stupid.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Second of all, no one human knows everything and we all do stupid things from time to time. I know you know this! So if ever anyone makes you feel less-than for not knowing something… guess what? You can go learn it if you care enough to. And if you don’t care enough to… then move on without worrying what they think of you.

Just remember that we are all beginners / new at something / unknowledgeable over and over again in our lives and that no one is better than you just because they know more about a certain topic than you!

Okay… stepping off my soap box to bring you some wonderful and enlightening “quotes about feeling stupid” – or really, quotes about how admitting you don’t know about something, or asking questions, or being willing to learn is not only humble, but quite noble, too.

And that anyone who fails to realize they are a “fool” when it comes to many, many topics in this world… is only further proving that they are a fool 🙂 

Feeling Stupid Quotes

Here are some quotes about feeling stupid so that you can feel a little bit better or at least have a laugh! Laughter is the best medicine after all 🙂

1. “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” – Socrates

2. “The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.” – Confucius

3. “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” – Mark Twain

4. “Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.” – Doug Larson

5. “A person must be big enough to admit their mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” – John C. Maxwell

Failure is not falling down, but refusing to get up.

6. “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” – Henry Ford

7. “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

8. “Mistakes are the portals of discovery.” – James Joyce

9. “The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.” – Winston Churchill

10. “You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.” – Mary Tyler Moore

Short Quotes About Feeling Stupid

11. “A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.” – Mark Twain

12. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

13. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

14. “There are no stupid questions, only stupid people who don’t ask questions.” – Unknown

15. “It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” – Epictetus

The more you know, the more you know you don't know.

16. “Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.” – Terry Pratchett

17. “The only way to avoid making mistakes is not to have new ideas.” – Albert Einstein

18. “The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.” – Aristotle

19. “Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.” – John Dewey

Even More Feeling Stupid Quotes

20. “The expert in anything was once a beginner.” – Helen Hayes

21. “If you are afraid to fail, you will never do the things you are capable of doing.” – John Wooden

22. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates

23. “The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.” – Benjamin Franklin

24. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein

25. “It’s okay to be stupid; it’s not okay to be a fool.” – R.M. Drake

The expert in anything was once a beginner.

26. “Failure is not falling down, but refusing to get up.” – Chinese Proverb

27. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee

28. “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay

29. “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote

30. “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow is our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

31. “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and by falling over.” – Richard Branson

32. “He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.” – Aristotle

33. “It’s not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin

34. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

35. “Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand.” – Hayley Williams

36. “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

37. “The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.” – Theodore Roosevelt

38. “Mistakes are the stepping stones of success.” – Unknown

39. “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” – Sam Levenson

40. “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Confucius

Failure is success if we learn from it.

41. “Stupid is just as destructive as Evil, maybe more so, and it’s a hell of a lot more common.” – Jim Butcher

42. “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd

43. “The most important thing about education is appetite.” – Winston Churchill

44. “The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.” – John D. Rockefeller

45. “Failure is success if we learn from it.” – Malcolm Forbes

46. “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle

47. “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.” – George Carlin

More of the BEST Feeling Stupid Quotes

48. “The ugly and the stupid have the best of it in this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play. If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat.” – Oscar Wilde

49. “Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance.” – William Gaddis

50. “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” – Albert Einstein

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

51. “We learn from failure, not from success!” – Bram Stoker

52. “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” – William Shakespeare

53. “Talk, talk, talk: the utter and heartbreaking stupidity of words.” – William Faulkner

54. “A wise man can learn more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.” – Baltasar Gracián

The next time you feel stupid, I hope you remember a few of these quotes.

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