Jerome K. Jerome quote about pleasure from Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow - It is so pleasant to come across people more stupid than ourselves. We love them at once for being so.
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It is so pleasant to come across people more stupid than ourselves. We love them at once for being so.
 Jerome K. Jerome, Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow (1886). copy citation

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“Never mind, though, pussy and doggie, we like you both all the better for your being stupid. We all like stupid things. Men can't bear clever women, and a woman's ideal man is some one she can call a "dear old stupid." It is so pleasant to come across people more stupid than ourselves. We love them at once for being so. The world must be rather a rough place for clever people. Ordinary folk dislike them, and as for themselves, they hate each other most cordially.
But there, the clever people are such a very insignificant minority that it really doesn't much matter if they are unhappy.” source

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